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When did championship teams start visiting the White House?

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

Like literally every other interaction in the Donald Trump presidency, a championship team's visit to the White House invariably becomes a Political Event, whether because of who's invited, who's disinvited, who makes a statement, or what's on the menu. There was a time when a championship team's visit to the White House followed a standard script: everyone would stand behind the president, who would make a few easy jokes about the coach/the team/the star player. Winning teams have visited the White House for at least 150 years, per ESPN, dating back to when President Andrew Johnson feted two amateur baseball clubs, the Brooklyn Atlantics and the familiar-named Washington Nationals.

Nationals to attend White House ceremony on Monday: official

Friday, November 1st, 2019

The Washington Nationals will attend a White House reception on Monday, just over a week after the baseball team's fans booed President Donald Trump during his World Series appearance at Nationals Park. White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere confirmed the Nationals' attendance in a post on Twitter. "On Monday, @POTUS @realDonaldTrump will welcome the #WorldSeries Champion Washington @Nationals to the @WhiteHouse!

Looking for inspiration, Matt Nagy and the Bears turned to the World Series Champion Washington Nationals

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

When the Bears showed up to Halas Hall on Thursday, players and staff were preparing for the usual routine of morning meetings and tape study. What was different – besides two fresh inches of Chicago's earliest snow on record – was that the film they broke down had nothing to do with the Philadelphia Eagles, or even football in general. Instead, players and staff watched highlights and interviews from members of the Washington Nationals, who had just won the World Series, in seven games, the night before.

Nationals produce stunning comeback World Series crown

Thursday, October 31st, 2019

Written off after a 19-31 start and given a .01 percent oddsmakers chance to win the World Series, the Washington Nationals ignored the doubters and captured a fairy-tale championship. The Nationals rallied to defeat Houston 6-2 on Wednesday to capture Major League Baseball's best-of-seven final 4-3 in a reversal of fortune unseen in more than a century. Not since the 1914 Boston Braves had a club been so far below .500 and battled back to seize the trophy, the Nats matching Houston's 74 wins after May 24 for the most in baseball.

With Nationals’ World Series win, the D.C. sports curse seems well and truly dead

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

Just a few years earlier, Washington Nationals fans would have known the script when they first took that lead over the Houston Astros in Game 7 of the World Series. The lead wasn't going to last. Championship gear: Get your Washington Nationals World Series title merchandise here] The city had gone title-less in the major sports for decades despite having some decent teams.

Reuters Sports News Summary

Monday, October 28th, 2019

Astros' Verlander eager to snap World Series winless streak Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander has fallen short of his lofty standards on baseball's biggest stage but can change that narrative when he pitches in a potential World Series clincher on Tuesday. Verlander allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks over six innings in a Game 2 loss last Wednesday that gave the Washington Nationals a 2-0 lead in Major League Baseball's best-of-seven championship series. Chargers fire offensive coordinator Whisenhunt One day removed from a victory at Chicago, the Los Angeles Chargers fired offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt on Monday.

Politics takes back seat to World Series baseball in Washington

Friday, October 25th, 2019

Democrats and Republicans don't agree on much in Washington these days, but they'll all be cheering on the US capital's baseball team Friday night as it chases its first World Series title in nearly a century. The Washington Nationals will take on the Houston Astros at sold-out Nationals Park holding a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series after improbably taking the first two games of the Major League Baseball championship in Houston. It will be the first World Series game played in the nation's capital since 1933, when the then-Washington Senators lost to the New York Giants and president Franklin Roosevelt threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

This Week in US Sports: NFL trade deadline heating up, Nationals in control of World Series

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

The NFL trade deadline is just around the corner and there are notes galore. The Washington Nationals are up 2-0 in the World Series and the best team in baseball are on the ropes. And Conor McGregor said he has a fight lined up but Dana White will not confirm it.

Nationals rout Astros to take command of World Series

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

Powered by a devastating six-run seventh inning, the Washington Nationals seized command of the World Series by routing Houston 12-3 Wednesday, moving halfway to the US capital's first title since 1924. Kurt Suzuki, Adam Eaton and Michael Taylor smacked home runs, Asdrubal Cabrera drove in three runs and Stephen Strasburg pitched six strong innings as the Nationals grabbed a 2-0 edge in Major League Baseball's best-of-seven final. "We know the series isn't over," said Washington's Anthony Rendon.

Max-imum effort: Scherzer, Nats wiggle to win Series opener

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

He could have been Mad Max on a night his best was missing. As the Houston Astros kept clawing within one big hit of a comeback, Scherzer and the Nationals just held on. Scherzer got through five innings of Max-imum effort for a 5-4 victory in Tuesday night's opener, becoming the first pitcher to win a World Series game for a Washington team since Earl Whitehill against the New York Giants in 1933.