Nationals' Dave Martinez delivers World Series celebration speech to his team: 'You guys cured my heart'
It was a heartfelt message from the Nationals manager following the title
The Washington Nationals and defeated the Houston Astros 6-2 to bring the Commissioners' Trophy to D.C. for the first time since 1924. It took all seven games and four away wins, but manager Dave Martinez lead his squad to victory. Back in May, the team was 19-31. The playoffs, and definitely a World Series championship, did not seem likely and Martinez was on the hot seat. The team turned its season around in historic fashion and won five elimination games in October.
In September, Martinez had an issue with his health and underwent a cardiac catheterization after a heart scare. For many games he had to remain seated, to keep his heart rate steady, and any sudden burst of emotion worried his doctors and his teammates.
After the World Series victory, Martinez gathered his team in the locker room to address, and try to put into words, the season they had this year.
Pointing to the World Series trophy he said:
"This right here, and you guys, cured my heart. And tonight, I will celebrate with my boys, because we are world champions."
As he completed his speech, the team erupted and sprayed so much champagne that at one point all the camera could see was bubbles.
In Game 6, after aleft the Nationals furious and , Martinez got in the face of the umpires and eventually became so heated he was .
Someone with a heart condition should not be getting as irate as he was, and as a result he said doctors were worried about his health.
He also said that even fans were concerned and as the argument between Martinez and the umpire was going on someone was yelling to him, "Your heart, your heart!"
With the stress of the season gone and a ring coming his way, Martinez should have a more relaxing winter.
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