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Over 23 million viewers tuned in for Game 7 of the 2019 World Series between Washington’s Nationals and the Houston Astros, which Variety reported was the, “... biggest audience for a baseball game since the seventh and final game of the 2017 [World Series] ... between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Astros,” though the overall audience for the 115th Fall Classic (an average of 14 million viewers per game), made, “... it the least watched baseball pinnacle in five years.”
If you weren’t watching the World Series, to quote Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler, “You blew it.” Nationals fans got to witness the first championship season by an MLB team from D.C. since 1924, but everyone who watched saw a tightly-contested seven-game series in which the road teams lost every game for the first time in major league history.
“It’s weird, really. I mean, we can’t explain it. I know we were trying to win games at home and just couldn’t do it,” Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez told reporters after the Game 7 win in Minute Maid Park.
Astros’ skipper A.J. Hinch was asked if he could believe his team lost all four games in their home after going 60-21 in Houston during the regular season and 5-1 at home in the ALDS and ALCS.
“It’s easy to me,” Hinch said. “I just lived it. It’s not that hard for me. I just lived it.
“The Nats are really good. Congratulations to them. [GM Mike Rizzo], and Davey, and the coaching staff, the players. This is about the Nationals. So this isn’t about not performing at home or anything that we didn’t do. I come away incredibly impressed by the team that we played and got beat by.”
While the smallest audience in years tuned in, those who watched and voted in the latest SB Nation FanPulse poll liked what they saw:
And Nationals fans, who just watched the local nine win the first World Series in 95 years, are confident that the team can do it all again in 2020:
That’s a 95% vote in favor of thinking the Nationals can contend again in 2020, in spite of all the changes that are likely to hit the roster over the winter. Braves fans came in at 94%, after winning the division, and the Mets fan base is coming in at 87%, no bout buoyed by the fact that Carlos Beltrán is taking over on the bench. How about the Nats themselves?
Martinez, responding to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser at the World Series championship parade on Constitution Ave., said he was all for going back-to-back, though he did ask politely if he could just enjoy this one for a little while first.
“I’m all in, but let me enjoy this one first,” Martinez said.
“I don’t know if my heart can take any more of this right now, so I need to just take a step back and enjoy this.”
We all enjoyed watching it, Davey. Take all the time you need. But Rizzo and Co. in the front office need to get going on the roster building toot sweet.
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