One of the greatest moments in Nationals history ended with the 20-year-old Soto pumping his fists and pounding his chest as he was tagged out between second and third base, reveling in his TOOTBLAN — which he later said was intentional — as if to say, “Potential insurance run be damned; the sooner this inning ends, the sooner we can get three outs and celebrate a berth in the NLDS.”
Here’s how Soto’s hit and Victor Robles’s game-ending catch looked and sounded from several vantage points inside Nationals Park, including from Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov’s seats behind home plate. These will never get old.
The fan’s play-by-play in this video is top notch. Here’s the call by Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler.
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The Nationals Take the Lead on Juan Soto's 2-RBI Single with 2-Outs in the bottom of the 8th! A 3rd Run scored on an error by the Right Fielder to give the Nats a 4-3 Lead they held in the 9th! What a game! #nlwildcard #nlwildcardgame #nlwildcardgame2019 #wildcard #mlb #gocrew #brewers #gobrewers #manonfire #behindhomeplate
Soto received a hero’s welcome as he took his spot in left field in the top of the ninth.
Kuznetsov, who is suspended for the first three games of the regular season and therefore not in St. Louis with his teammates for Wednesday’s opener against the Blues, did “The Bird” after the Nationals won.
These fans provided others in their section with a celebratory shower.
This gentleman was reduced to tears, and he was not alone. What sorts of moments will the NLDS bring?
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