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Davey Martinez, Nats brought NLCS celebration to Navy Yard bar

Davey Martinez, Nats brought NLCS celebration to Navy Yard bar

Not too long after the Nationals swept the National League Championship Series and secured a spot in the World Series on Tuesday, Davey Martinez crossed the street to a Navy Yard bar — The Salt Line — trophy in hand. 

He entered the bar to a hero's welcome, a barrage of hugs and a "Davey" cheer — a stark difference from fans' reactions at the beginning of the season, when some D.C. sports fans wanted the then-19-31 Nationals manager fired. 

From the very few posts on social media so far, we know MASN broadcaster F.P. Santangelo led a "N-A-T-S, Nats Nats Nats" cheer, while standing on the bar with a drink in one hand and a broom in the other. 

Oh, and Dan Kolko was also there, as were Ryan Zimmerman and his wife Heather, according to Kolko's post on Instagram. 

It's fair to say the Nationals and everyone associated with the team are riding high heading into their six days off before Game 1 of the World Series on Oct. 22. 

The Nats sure learned a thing or two from the Capitals about enjoying all their victories. 

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Phillies sign infielder Didi Gregorius, per report

Phillies sign infielder Didi Gregorius, per report

The Philadelphia Phillies have been rumored to have interest in third baseman Anthony Rendon, but they added a different infielder on Tuesday.

Former Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has signed a one-year deal with Philadelphia, according to MLB Network's Joel Sherman. 

The deal is worth $14 million, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury.

The move reunites Gregorius with manager Joe Girardi, who was the Yankees skipper from 2008 through 2017. The 29-year-old infielder had spent the past five seasons with New York.

Although Gregorius has played almost every game of his career at shortstop, it is unclear what position he will play in Philadelphia. The Phillies have both Jean Segura and Scott Kingery capable of playing the middle infield positions. In 841 career games, Gregorius has played shortstop for 828 out of them, with 11 appearances at second base and two at third. 

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Four Nationals earn first-ever All-MLB honors

Four Nationals earn first-ever All-MLB honors

The success just keeps coming for the Nationals. 

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced the rosters for the first-ever All-MLB teams. Similar to the NBA and NFL's end of the season teams that feature the best at each position, baseball finally joined the party following the culmination of the 2019 campaign. A mixture of a fan vote and a panel of judges, plenty of D.C.'s finest players were featured.

Looking at the first team, Anthony Rendon took home the honors for third base. A .319 batting average, a league-leading 126 RBI and a spot among the finalists for the NL MVP support that decision.

Both Max Scherzer and newly re-signed Stephen Strasburg join Rendon on the All-MLB first team, representing two-fifths of the team's starting rotation that also features Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander and Jacob deGrom. 

However, the list doesn't stop there for the Nationals. Young phenom Juan Soto earned All-MLB second team outfield honors. With 34 home runs, 110 RBI and a .282 average, Soto emerged as one of the best young stars of the game in 2019, which included a masterful postseason showing.

Out of the five nominees from the Nationals that were considered for placement on teams, only Patrick Corbin did not make it. Washington also trails only the Houston Astros in terms of teams with the most representatives as the team they would defeat in the World Series featured six players on the All-MLB teams. However, it's safe to say the Nationals are okay with finishing in second there while they admire the new shiny object in their trophy case.

A phenomenal season for the Nationals filled with incredible individual performances, it's no surprise there's plenty of Curly W's on the first-ever All-MLB teams.

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