Another San Diego State alum earned himself a ring this year as Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals captured the team’s first World Series title Wednesday.
The Nationals defeated the Houston Astros 6-2 to prevail after trailing in the series. After the game, Strasburg was named the series MVP.
“It’s just surreal,” he said. “… I really love all of those guys. It took all of us to do it.”
The underdog Nationals, the National League Wild Card team, also made history by winning all four games in the Astros home park, Minute Maid Field.
The Astros won the three games in Nationals Park in Washington D.C., the first time no team won in their home town in any major sports post-season series, ESPN reported. It’s the first championship for a Washington D.C. baseball team since the Senators won nearly a century ago, in 1924.
The Astros led the Nationals 2-0 for six innings as starter Zach Greinke breezed through the lineup. Then the Nationals hit two home runs in the seventh, including Howie Kendrick’s go-ahead two-run homer off the right-field foul pole.
— MLB (@MLB) October 31, 2019
Reliever Will Harris gave up the homer after taking over for Greinke.
Max Scherzer started for the Nationals, but Patrick Corbin earned the win in relief.
Strasburg went 2-0 in the World Series, including winning the sixth game, as his team, down 3 games to 2, faced elimination.
He attended San Diego State from 2008-09, when the Nationals drafted him.
Fellow SDSU alum Kawhi Leonard guided the Toronto Raptors to the NBA Championship in June.
Leonard, now a Los Angeles Clipper, earned MVP honors in the series, in which the Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors.
For the first time in history, out of the four major professional leagues, Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Strasburg are the first players from the same university to be named postseason MVP in the same season. #GoAztecs pic.twitter.com/EyOT7blwDi
— San Diego State Aztecs (@GoAztecs) October 31, 2019
– Staff reports