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Re-live Howie Kendrick's grand slam in the 10th inning of the NLDS

Re-live Howie Kendrick's grand slam in the 10th inning of the NLDS

There’s a new biggest moment in Nationals history. The architect? Howie Kendrick.

Kendrick had a rough NLDS entering Game 5, and his struggles continued with an error and another tough night at the plate.

But when it mattered most -- and really, when can it matter more than extra innings of a winner-take-all postseason game? -- Kendrick came through.

Wow. Just...wow.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts inexplicably left in the mercurial Joe Kelly to pitch the top of the 10th inning against the heart of the Nationals’ order. He was trying to get past Adam Eaton and Anthony Rendon, before going with a lefty to face Juan Soto. This would have saved all-world closer Kenley Jansen for another inning or situation.

Instead, Kelly walked Eaton and gave up a double to Rendon. After intentionally walking Soto, Roberts *still* left Kelly on the mound to face the ice cold Kendrick.

Then came the magic.

Kendrick roped a ball just right of center, and it never stopped carrying. It was just the second extra-inning grand slam in postseason history, in the 13th extra-inning elimination game in postseason history.

Any way you slice it, this was an unforgettable moment in the history of not only the Washington Nationals, but Major League Baseball as a whole.

What a swing. What a home run. What a moment.

Stay in the fight? The Nationals are bringing the fight now, and the latest punch came from Howie Kendrick. 

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On this date: The Nationals played their first game ever

On this date: The Nationals played their first game ever

It seems like eons ago that the Washington Nationals played in their first game after departing from Montreal.

Saturday marks the 15th anniversary of their inaugural game as they brought professional baseball back to the District of Columbia.

The Nationals opened up the 2005 season on the road at Citizens Bank Park with a matchup against their future rival in the Phillies.

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The game didn't go as planned for Nats manager Frank Robinson, with his squad dropping the first game of their 162-game slate with a defeat, but it was a return to normalcy for baseball fans in the nation's capital who had longed for a team to root for since the Senators left town 34 years prior.

The Phillies beat the Nats 8-4 on Opening Day, but for fans in the District, there was now a team to cheer on when they returned home a few days later for the home opener at RFK Stadium.

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Nats GM Mike Rizzo displays Commissioner's Trophy in neighborhood during quarantine

Nats GM Mike Rizzo displays Commissioner's Trophy in neighborhood during quarantine

Now this is the type of content we love to see. 

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo found a pretty cool yet responsible way to bring some cheer to his neighborhood in the midst of social distancing on Thursday. 

On the day that should have been the Nats’ 2020 home opener Washington’s GM Mike Rizzo displayed the World Series trophy in the window of his home in Navy Yard.

According to The Washington Post’s reporter Barry Svrluga, Rizzo’s gesture was “in honor of Opening Day!” 

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Of course, fans loved this idea. I mean who wouldn’t? 

Fans passing by even stopped to take a picture with the trophy. 

Although we were all thrilled to return to Nationals Park to celebrate the defending World Champions, Rizzo’s trophy display was a way to spread some joy until we can reunite again. 

On a recent conference call Rizzo told reporters, “This is going to be a very, very special Opening Day for us when it happens, so we still have that to look forward to... On the brighter side, the glass half full view is that we’re the reigning world champions and we still are clutching hard to that trophy. We’ve got ourselves a banner-raising ceremony coming, we’ve got ourselves some beautiful rings that we’re going to be able to wear around D.C. in the very near future, so although we’re thinking daily and hourly about the humanity of what’s going on right now, we also have that to look forward to when we get through this thing and we come out the other side and baseball begins again.”

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