WASHINGTON--The Nationals were widely considered to be underdogs against the Houston Astros in the 2019 World Series, but at the time many players weren’t thinking about odds—they were focused on their own game and drowning out the noise.
Among those players was Stephen Strasburg, who just recently watched the MLB-produced documentary to re-live Washington’s postseason run.
“Clearly, the documentary thought Houston was gonna win,” Strasburg said at the Nationals’ annual WinterFest event Saturday. “Seeing it from that angle, it made it so much better just seeing how heartbroken they were. Because we’ve been there before too so it’s good to return the favor.”
By most sportsbooks, the Astros were the biggest favorite of a World Series matchup since the Boston Red Sox were tagged big favorites over the Colorado Rockies in 2007. But Washington’s postseason of come-from-behind victories continued, and the club won the series in seven games.
Strasburg may not have been thinking about it at the time, but he’s happy to look back and reflect on the hand of disappointment his club dealt to the Astros in October.
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