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Perhaps that was part of this emotional night for Ted and Mark Lerner. The joy surrounded them wherever they walked, even though that came with some extra effort. Mark Lerner required surgery on his right foot to remove a calcium deposit, affecting him enough that Gonzalez affectionately called him “the pimp with the limp.”

But everyone felt joy for the franchise’s patriarch. 

“Man, I know he wanted this,” Gonzalez said of Ted Lerner. “And to do it in front of him and to know that we’re celebrating this win, all said and done division champs, this is for the Lerner family, this is for Mike Rizzo, this is for the whole D.C. clan.”

For Mark Lerner, the most important thing about the celebration was that his mother and father could see it while they were still healthy.

Ted Lerner certainly didn’t let the opportunity to soak up this moment pass him by.

“It’s been a combination of a lot of people,” he said. “A great organization’s been put together, and we’re delighted they can enjoy it and the city of Washington can enjoy it.”