The Soto Kid is Born

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Fuck, I love this shit. Seriously, does it get much better than that moment last night when Juan Soto faced scary Josh Hader with the game on the line? No, it does not.

Likely the biggest moment in Washington Nationals history was when Soto cleared the bases in that bottom of the 8th at Nationals Park. Furthermore, it was a moment that has escaped them their entire unfortunate history.

Seriously, the Nats have had such nice teams in the past. Teams worthy of going all the way. Still, it didn’t happen. They were snakebitten under Davey Johnson, then Dusty Baker, then Matt Williams. Finally, Davey Martinez and this bunch without Bryce Harper were able to breakthrough on a night when Scherzer was less than spectacular. And I’m happy for them.

The world should have learned about a new star last night in Soto. And I think Washington is about to give the Los Angeles Dodgers all they can handle in the NLDS.

As for the Brewers, they died in the fate they were meant to. Without question their September run without Christian Yelich was a valiant one. However, their stuff just doesn’t play up in this playoff field. It’s best that it ended this way for them; although it’s not any less sad for a decent little franchise that attempts to do things the right way.