There was never a doubt in general manager Mike Rizzo's mind that the Nationals wouldn't be able to come back from a 3-0 deficit against the Brewers in Tuesday night's do-or-die Wild Card Game.
“You know, you’re down quick, 3-0, but that’s the way we’ve been, that’s the way this team has been this year," Rizzo said on The Sports Junkies Wednesday. “This group is used to grinding from behind and battling from behind.”
For a team that has had its countless share of heartbreaks in its five postseason appearances during the last eight seasons, the Nats finally caught the break they needed.
“We finally got a ball to bounce our way," Rizzo said.
Looking ahead now to the National League Division best-of-five series against the Los Angeles Dodgers beginning Thursday, the Nats are on fire and have no plans of slowing down.
“I wouldn’t want to play the Nats right now if I were a Dodger," Rizzo said.
The Nationals' comeback was truly a culmination of their entire season into one game: rising from a record that once stood at 19-31 with their team camaraderie to secure a win.
“To cobble together that inning against one of the best closers in the game is remarkable," Rizzo said. "It’s a testament to those guys. It was great.”
Many Nats fans would say Soto's go-ahead three-run single to put the Nationals up 4-3 over the Brewers was the best moment in the team's history, rivaling Jayson Werth's walk-off home run in Game 4 of the 2012 NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals. However, Rizzo said this team is just getting started.
“I’m gonna say the one that’s coming up is the biggest moment because we’re just getting this thing rolling."
The Nationals head to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS Thursday at 8:37 p.m. EST.
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