As they began the search for a new manager in late 2017, after they’d decided to move on from Dusty Baker, Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo told reporters that those within organization, top to bottom, were focused on the ultimate goal for each major league team.
“We’re laser-focused on creating a team and atmosphere and a culture that allows us to win a World Championship for the D.C. fans and to have a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue,” Rizzo said.
“That hasn’t changed since Day 1,” he added at the time. “Expectations are higher now, and that’s where we’re at.
“With success comes expectations and our expectations are to win a World Championship.”
Once they settled on a seventh full-time manager for the franchise, hiring Davey Martinez, Rizzo reiterated his stance that just making it to the postseason was no longer enough.
“Our expectations have grown to the fact that winning a lot of regular season games and winning divisions are not enough,“ Rizzo said. “Our goal is to win a World Championship.”
“I think that we’ve just got to get over the fact that we’re not here just to win a playoff game, we’re here to win the World Series,” Martinez said when he was introduced as the manager.
Two years later, after a disappointing 82-80 finish in 2018, Rizzo, Martinez, and the Nationals did it.
On Wednesday night in the Houston Astros’ home, the Washington Nationals won Game 7 to win the World Series.
They’re back in D.C., showing off their trophy, and today they’re taking the celebration to the fans.
A parade down Constitution Avenue, between 15th St. NW and 3rd St. NW will get started at 2:00 PM this afternoon, and will wrap up at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and 3rd St. NW., where a rally will be held to celebrate the first World Series win by a D.C.-based team since 1924.
Are you going to attend the parade? We’re going to be there, though we haven’t yet figured out how best to cover this thing. Right now we’re leaning towards setting up at the rally site instead of following the parade along the entire route. We’ll see. Enjoy this is you go, it took 95 years between the last two World Series titles for a D.C.-based team, so this could really be a once-in-a-lifetime celebration. Also, make good decisions.
If you can’t make it, feel free to live vicariously through our Twitter feed...