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Why the past month has been one of the most memorable in D.C. sports' history

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Why the past month has been one of the most memorable in D.C. sports' history

Aside from the Capitals' Stanley Cup championship in 2018, this past month has been one of the greatest in D.C. sports history. Here's why in chronological order.

The Caps got a team puppy!

The Capitals got a team puppy and we could not be more excited. Captain, the team puppy, is a yellow labrador retriever who will be hanging out at Capital One Arena while being trained as a service dog for America's VetDogs, a program that helps to train dogs to be service animals for a veteran or first responder. You can find Captain at Caps' practices or games or you can follow him on social media @CapsPup.

The Washington Mystics won their first-ever WNBA Championship!

With WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne at the helm, the Washington Mystics won their first-ever WNBA Championship. Although a parade has been delayed until next spring, the team has embarked on a championship tour of their own: a Good Morning America appearance, being honored at the Nationals' NLCS Game 4 with Delle Donne throwing out the first pitch, and a puck drop for the Capitals' home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Washington Nationals are headed to the World Series!

For a team that has had its countless share of postseason heartbreak, the Nats rebounded from a 19-31 start to make an unprecedented comeback. The Nats eliminated former teammate Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies to clinch the Wild Card, win the Wild Card in thrilling fashion against the Milwaukee Brewers, beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS with a Howie Kendrick grand slam in Game 5, and swept the St. Louis Cardinals in four games of the NLCS to advance to their first World Series ever. The entire city of Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area rallied around the fun-loving group who "stay in the fight" and "go 1-0" each day. The Nationals will play Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday, Oct. 22 against the winner of the ALCS between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees.

Bradley Beal is staying in Washington!

Wizards' All-Star Bradley Beal has agreed to a two-year, $72 million contract extension, deciding to stick with the team during their rebuilding phase this season. The Wizards' season tips off against the Dallas Mavericks, Wednesday, Oct. 23.

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The Mets found Yoenis Céspedes and he’s decided to opt out of the 2020 season

The Mets found Yoenis Céspedes and he’s decided to opt out of the 2020 season

Mets outfielder Yoenis Céspedes has opted out of the 2020 season, but not without a Mets-esque fiasco unfolding in the hours leading up to the announcement.

Céspedes decided not to report to Truist Park in Atlanta for the Mets’ game against the Braves on Sunday but never informed the team of that decision. New York sent a press release to reporters saying Céspedes was not at the stadium and the team had to that point been unable to contact him.

While the Mets played the Braves in a game that ended 4-0 in favor of Atlanta, a security team was reportedly sent to Céspedes’ hotel room. They found the room empty and both Céspedes and his belongings gone. When the team finally tracked down his agent, he told them he had decided not to play the rest of season for “COVID-related reasons.”

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The two-time All-Star’s decision comes on the heels of coronavirus outbreaks in two clubhouses (Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals) within the first 10 days of the season. Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain, who was supposed to play the Cardinals this weekend, announced through the team his decision to opt out on Saturday.

Evidently, Céspedes didn’t take the same approach that Cain did. Céspedes has played eight games this season after missing nearly two years with various injuries. The Mets were playing him exclusively at designated hitter in an effort to keep him healthy and work him up to eventually returning back to his natural position in the outfield.

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Joe Girardi: Phillies don’t blame Marlins but ‘frustrated that we're not playing right now’

Joe Girardi: Phillies don’t blame Marlins but ‘frustrated that we're not playing right now’

The Philadelphia Phillies’ wait is just about over.

Eight days after playing the Miami Marlins in the finale of their opening series, the Phillies will finally resume their schedule Monday when they take on the New York Yankees. The Phillies have not played a game since the Marlins announced they had a coronavirus outbreak in their clubhouse. Over the past week, Miami has had 18 players and two staff members test positive for the virus while the Phillies have had three staffers but no players.

It would be understandable for the Phillies to be angry with the Marlins, who were reportedly found by MLB to have broken health protocols during a trip to Atlanta for a pair of exhibition games. Philadelphia has had to endure an unexpected layoff that could hinder pitchers from staying fresh and cause hitters to lose their timing after such a long break from facing live opponents.

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However, Phillies manager Joe Girardi has managed to stay upbeat throughout the entire process, NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury reported Sunday. The veteran skipper told Salisbury that he hasn’t heard any of the players voice complaints about the Marlins amid the extended break that has since multiple practices canceled because of positive tests.

“I haven't really heard any complaints from our guys, but understand that we don't sit around and talk like we used to. That's just not what we do,” Girardi said. “So when we do get a chance, we're pretty much talking about baseball only. I have not heard it, so I can't really tell you exactly how the players feel. I do know that they want to play and they're frustrated that we're not playing right now.

“They're not blaming anyone, but they want to play. That's what we do. I think our players are handling this great.”

The Phillies’ reward for a trying week will be an immediate test in the Yankees, including Gerrit Cole starting against them Monday night. The two teams will play twice in New York before heading down to Philadelphia for another two games to close out the series. Philadelphia will then resume its normal schedule, beginning with a four-game series against the Atlanta Braves.

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