- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 2, 2019

D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser took the stage Saturday and congratulated the Washington Nationals on winning their first-ever World Series. But she didn’t wait long into her speech to start a chant that caused the thousands watching along Constitution Avenue to join in.

“I think we should do it again next year,” Bowser said. “What do you think? Let’s bring it back-to-back! Back-to-back!”

Bowser stepped to the side and let the chants carry for another few seconds. The Nationals enjoyed the cheer, one of many throughout the team’s victory rally on Constitution Avenue.

When it was his turn to speak, manager Dave Martinez also addressed the chant.

“The Mayor said it: ‘Let’s go back-to-back,’ I get it,” he said. “Hey, I’m all in. But let me enjoy this one first. I don’t know if my heart can take anymore of this right now. So I need to take a step back and enjoy this.”

Martinez thanked the crowd for supporting the Nationals all throughout their playoff run. He told them how he heard about how fans showed up to Nationals Park for watch parties for Games 6 and 7, saying it meant a lot to the team. 

On Saturday, Martinez even stopped, hopped off the double decker bus he was on,  and took photos with fans during the middle of the Nationals’ parade route. 

Addressing the crowd, Martinez grew emotional when talking about his health. In mid-September, Martinez underwent a heart procedure after having intense chest pains, taking a brief absence from the team before returning. 

“You don’t have to tell me to stay in the fight,” Martinez said. “I’m going to stick up for these guys because they stuck up for me all season long. I’ve got players telling me to watch out for my heart and fan saying, ‘Watch out for your heart.’

“I’ll tell you, right here: You cured my heart.”

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