Saturday parade to honor World Series champs

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Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez, left, waves a flag and Ryan Zimmerman, right, hoists the World Series trophy as the baseball team arrives at Dulles Airport, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, in Chantilly, Va. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON, DC (Associated Press) — The Washington Nationals are getting a hero’s welcome home from a city that had been thirsting for a World Series championship for nearly a century.

Tens of thousands of fans are expected for a parade Saturday honoring the Nationals, who won a nail-biting, come-from-behind victory against the Houston Astros in Game 7 to clinch the World Series.

Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted Thursday, “When they tell you dreams come true, point them toward our Nationals.”

She included the hashtag SportsCapital, a reference, too, to the Washington Capitals’ Stanley Cup championship in 2018 and the Washington Mystics’ WNBA championship this year.

A Washington team hadn’t won a World Series since the Senators in 1924.

President Donald Trump has invited the Nationals to the White House on Monday.

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