Monday, July 26, 2021

Do You Believe it? Howie Kendrick

Just try to remember October 30, 2019, the Washington Nationals are playing in Game 7 of the World Series against the Houston Astros. The Nationals are still trailing the Astros 2-1 after Anthony Rendon hits a solo Homerun, and Juan Soto was walked. Howie Kendrick steps up to the plate against Astros pitcher Will Harris.

Kendrick then takes a 0-1 cutter low and away and lines it to strike the screen on the right-field foul pole, which became the go-ahead runs the Nationals would need to win their first World Series Championship in Franchise history.

But before we take a look at the 2019 Howie Kendrick and his postseason heroics, for the Washington Nationals, the road to 2019 was long.

“He’s a key component to our leadership structure here, a mentor to our young players,

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo about Howie Kendrick after the 2019 World Series via USA Today

After the Washington Nationals won the World Series, Nationals closer Daniel Hudson discussed Howie Kendrick’s homerun by saying: “I’ve said it the entire time I’ve been here – if we’ve got guys on base, in scoring position, two outs, I want Howie Kendrick at-bat.”

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