‘I’ve never heard a stadium so loud’: Washington Nationals fan celebrates NLCS win

‘I’ve never heard a stadium so loud’: Washington Nationals fan celebrates NLCS win
Local Nationals fan/owner of Hometeam Grill takes photo with his father while at Game 4 of the NLCS Series. (Source: Mark Overby)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Mark Overby, the owner of Hometeam Grill in The Fan, says he came home around 3 a.m. Wednesday morning after the Washington Nationals’ Tuesday night game with the St. Louis Cardinals, witnessing that historic moment in person was completely worth it.

“I’ve never heard a stadium so loud,” he said.

The team is now on their way to baseball’s most sought after prize: the MLB World Series.

“I’m pretty tired. I got home around 3 o’clock in the morning, got up around 6:30 a.m.”

When he’s not waving his rally towel in the stands of Nationals Park, Overby runs the Hometeam Grill on West Main Street. He’s been rooting for the Nats for about 10 years.

“Me and my pops like to go to baseball games. We try to go at least once a year, two times if we can,” he said.

This would be the Nationals’ first World Series ever, and the first time the series has been played in Washington D.C. since the 1930s.

“The Nats have always had a hard time sealing the deal if you will," Overby said. "They got up seven runs in the first inning. That’s really exciting, but there’s a lot of baseball left to play.”

And it all came to a head with a catch by center fielder Victor Robles, causing the third out and closing the game.

"I really couldn’t even believe it until it was already done and the players were running on the field, and the fireworks were going off. It was something else. Even today when I woke up, I wasn’t really sure it all happened,” he said.

The Hometeam Grill will be hosting a viewing party for Game 3 on Friday, Oct. 25 for local Nationals fans.

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