Washington Nationals fans who enjoyed the team’s dominating 9-2 win Sunday over the Pittsburgh Pirates have Jack Evans to thank, in the Ward 2 Councilmember’s telling.

“They would not have been able to play the game on Sunday, had not we sprung into action,” Evans said at today’s breakfast with the rest of the D.C. Council and Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Apparently, Evans’ devotion to the Nationals extends beyond stadium votes and constituent service funds and into the grounds crew. Evans says he got a call about potential flooding at the stadium after Saturday night’s rainstorm.

With some parts of the stadium filling with several inches of water, in Evans’ telling, he had an idea from his past on farms, when fire trucks were used to pump water.

“I thought, ‘Aha, fire trucks can pump water out of basements,'” Evans says.

According to Evans, the waterlogged field was eventually saved by D.C. Fire and EMS trucks pumping out water. Nationals spokeswoman Jennifer Giglio tells LL that the Saturday rains did threaten the team’s ability to play on Sunday.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery