November 4, 2019 | From CBN News
The Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros in Game 7, becoming World Series champs for the first time ever. [They are celebrating their championship season at the White House today. Here is a bit of their journey…]
The Astros took an early lead and held it most of the game before the Nationals’ Anthony Rendon hit a home run in the 7th to start a rally. Then Juan Soto walked and Howie Kendrick hit a homer to knock him in and give the Nats a 3-2 lead.
In the 8th inning, Soto batted in Adam Eaton to increase the Nationals’ lead to 4-2. They later extended their lead to win the game 6-2.
Many consider the star of the team to be 20-year-old phenom Juan Soto who has turned in a stellar performance in game after game. Soto is the youngest player in MLB history to hit three home runs in a World Series.
It’s been a historic run for the Nationals. A focus on faith and prayer has been central for several of the key Washington players, including Soto. Throughout the season, numerous photos showed Soto kneeling on the field with fellow Nationals star Victor Robles, praying before games.
In the Nats’ Game 1 win of the Series, Soto hit a home run out to the train tracks at Minute Maid Park in Houston, becoming the fourth player to homer in a World Series game before age 21. He also hit a two-run double to the left-field wall in the top of the fifth inning, knocking in Robles and Anthony Rendon for two RBIs.
Of course, the Nats wouldn’t be where they are today without amazing contributions by the whole team, including other faith-filled players like third baseman Anthony Rendon.
In Game 2, Rendon smacked a 2-run double near the beginning of the game to rally his team. Despite his incredible skill and his great love of baseball, Rendon says his faith actually comes first.
“I want to be known as a Christian baseball player and I’m still trying to grow into that. But in the end, I want to be more Christian than baseball player,” he said.
Returning from an injury to help lead the Nats to victory late in the season, center fielder Victor Robles is also focused on God. His Twitter bio makes it clear: #GodInFront.
“A lot of times when you have an injury like the one I have, it’s a couple months to come back from,” Robles said. “I was able to come back from it in a little more than a week and a half. I had a lot of faith in God and I knew that he was going to heal me as quickly as possible.”
(Excerpt from CBN News. Article by Benjamin Gill and Andrea Morris.)