October 31, 2019

Van Hollen, Warner, Cardin, Kaine, Norton Celebrate Washington Nationals, Will Introduce Resolution Honoring World Series Win

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Mark Warner (D-VA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced they will introduce a resolution honoring the Washington Nationals’ first World Series title in franchise history.  Beating the Houston Astros in Game 7 last night, the Nationals won all four away games to clinch the series.

"A huge congratulations to the Nationals, our 2019 World Champs! The Nats beat all the odds for this hard-fought win,” Van Hollen said. “From the players, to the coaches, to the staff, we're proud of this victory and the effort you put in along the way. I also want to give a shout-out to the great fans across the entire DMV who poured their hearts and souls into this team. Today is a great day for our Nation's Capital, and I look forward to celebrating the win!"

"The 2019 Washington Nationals fought with incredible heart and passion all season long to become World Champions,” Warner said.  “Coming back from their 19-31 start to win elimination game after elimination game, these Nationals refused to give in or give up. I want to congratulate every single member of the team, from Mad Max to Childish Bambino to Virginia's own original National, Ryan Zimmerman. Enjoy this well-deserved honor -- you made history. And if you figure out how to get Baby Shark to stop playing on repeat in your heads, please let me know."

"The Washington Nationals have shown the world what it means to never give up on yourself or your team,” Cardin said.  “Fans watched as the Nats put the fun back in baseball. Their shark-filled energy fueled a remarkable, record-breaking rise all the way to their first franchise world championship. Congratulations to Manager Dave Martinez and every team member who contributed to this win of all wins on the field and in the clubhouse. Thank you for setting such an incredible example for sport and for life.”

"At a time of so much division, the Washington Nationals gave everyone something to cheer for together,” Kaine said.  “Who could've predicted they would revive their season after such a dreary start? Who could have called Howie Kendrick hitting not one but multiple series-winning home runs? And who on earth could've imagined that Baby Shark would be their theme of the year? These Nats had fun, and we had fun watching them all year. This victory will be remembered and treasured for a long, long time."

“In one word – history!” Norton said.  “Congratulations to the Washington Nationals on this achievement and thank you to all the coaches, players, trainers, and especially fans who believed in our underdog team.  Whether it’s the Capitals, the Mystics, or the Nationals – or the historic momentum for D.C. statehood – the District has been on a roll lately and has established itself as a true big-time sports city.”