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Let’s talk about last night. 

After defeating the Nationals 7-1 in Game 5, the Houston Astros have taken a 3-2 lead in the World Series. The Astros outscored the Nats 19-3 over the last three games … but the home team has lost every game and the Nats return to Houston Tuesday! 

“But Game 5 may be remembered for the things outside of the actual play on the field,” writes City Paper’s Kelyn Soong.  

So let’s take a moment to recap all the weird moments that occurred during Game 5 because it’s not every day (or decade) that the District is home to the World Series.

Nats fans greet the president with boos and “Impeach Trump” signs

When President Donald Trump appeared on the jumbotron, Nats fans let him have it. More than 90 percent of District residents voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, so it shouldn’t be surprising that Trump was met with such resistance. Booing Trump and chanting “lock him up” got fans more riled up than the play on the field did.   

José Andrés throws the first pitch

The sitting president often throws the ceremonial first pitch during the World Series. But as previously mentioned, Nats fans aren’t Trump fans. Instead, the team invited chef, humanitarian, and Trump critic José Andrés to open Sunday’s game. “Thank you [Nats] For inviting an immigrant! To throw first pitch! In a game full of immigrants!” Andrés tweeted

Fans flash the camera and get banned 

The TV broadcast caught two women flashing the camera behind home plate and as a result, they have been indefinitely banned from all Major League Baseball stadiums and facilities. Julia Rose and Lauren Summer, who are models and Instagram influencers, say there were flashing to promote breast cancer awareness. Rose’s response for violating the fan code of conduct and being met with a lifetime ban? “Shit.”    

Brian Dozier Finally Meets “Calma” Singer Pedro Capó

“Calma” is the de facto Nats anthem. The second baseman has been celebrating victories with “Calma” ever since the Nats won the wild card game. I’m so happy for both of them.

Oh and the New York Times tried to write about the Nats and whitewashed D.C.  

A Times article titled “A Corner of Washington, United by the Nationals (and Blue Sharks)” tried to argue that “it’s uncommon to meet a Washington native.” The internet (rightfully) came after the Times for a paragraph that described the District as just a city of tourists and politicos. “This paragraph in the NYT is the Triple Lindy of bad, lazy and wildly incorrect takes on D.C.,” tweeted former Kojo producer Mike Martinez. The Timesdeleted the paragraph without adding a correction after it went viral on Twitter. 

Here are some statistics the next time someone tries to say “no one is from D.C.:” The share of D.C.-born adults range from close to zero in Foggy Bottom and the West End to nearly 80 percent in areas around Congress Heights, and at least three-quarters of adults in several Southeast D.C. neighborhoods were born in the District. Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? Email


  • Uncertainty surrounds the only hospital in Southeast D.C. [WCP]

  • 22-year-old Aaron George of Northeast was fatally shot over the weekend, making him the 144th homicide victim in the District this year. [Post, MPD

  • The Trump Organization might sell its D.C. hotel. [Curbed]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips?

  • ICYMI: Mendo used a body double in his Mystics video. [WCP]

  • Ron Moten confronts the inequity of $1,100 World Series tickets despite the public subsidy for the baseball stadium. [Post]

  • Public housing tenants who live close to Nats Park don’t need tickets to experience the World Series. [Post]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips?

  • What José Andrés had to say about throwing out the first pitch last night. [Twitter]

  • The Tysons Whole Foods becomes the fanciest in the region. [Washingtonian]

  • Gypsy Sally’s is closing in Georgetown. [DCist]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips?

  • Actress and comedian Jenny Slate discusses her new book and why she chose to open her book tour in D.C. [WCP]

  • Dave Chappelle accepts the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. [NPR]

  • The newly planted National Christmas Tree will be lit for the first time on Dec. 5. [Post]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips?

  • Loud boos for Donald Trump. A standing ovation for José Andrés. Flashers behind home plate. An umpire controversy. Game 5 of the World Series at Nats Park had a little bit of everything for Nats fans—except a win. [WCP]

  • Isaiah Thomas scored 16 points off the bench Saturday night in a very encouraging debut with the Wizards. [NBC Sports Washington]

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

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