Two notable Council hearings today: The first is about a bill that would have D.C. mail ballots to all registered voters for every election. Three states already do this! The other hearing is unique to the District. It’s about a bill that makes go-go the official music of our city.

THE NEWS: 

The season could’ve ended so many ways. But faced with elimination on four separate occasions in the last month, the Nationals have emerged with a win each time. And now comes the final test: Game 7 of the World Series. 

Max Scherzer will be on the mound for the Nats just two days after he woke up barely able to move due to neck spasms. In a storybook season that has rarely made sense, this is the only finale that feels appropriate. 

“Everybody believes in each other in this clubhouse,” Scherzer told reporters Tuesday night. “When I couldn’t even move my right arm the other day, when I was in severe pain, I just believed in the next guy up … We’re just playing great team ball and here we go.”

About 9,000 fans showed up to Nats Park for Game 6 to watch the Nationals beat the Astros, 7-2, to force Game 7. The game had all of the drama of a World Series that has seen the visiting team win all six games. 

Stephen Strasburg gave up two runs in the first inning, but shut down the Astros’ offense the rest of the way in 8.1 innings of work. Juan Soto blasted a solo home run and carried his bat to first base before tossing it aside, mimicking what Houston’s Alex Bregman did in the first inning and undoubtedly gaining even more fans along the way. 

Nats manager Dave Martinez got ejected from the game and had to be restrained from the umpires during the seventh inning after a controversial interference call on Trea Turner

“Look I don’t want to sit here and talk about me or the umpires,” Martinez said when asked about the play. “This is not about me or the umpires. This is about the Washington Nationals and those guys in the clubhouse coming to Game 6 and playing lights out, knowing that this could be it. And I’m super proud of them.”

Game 7 of the World Series will start tonight at 8:07 p.m., and Nats Park will once again host a free watch party. All the team needs to do, as Martinez’s suddenly accurate mantra goes, is go 1-0. Kelyn Soong (tips? Email agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com

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MAKE PLANS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full To Do This Week newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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