Chuck Todd has closed Meet The Press with kind words for the Washington Nationals throughout their MLB playoff run.
Sunday, the Nationals World Series trophy was literally inside the building as a thanks for his support.
The longtime host and baseball fan geeked out live on air. Todd is a Washington Nationals season ticket holder.
— Ian Oland (@ianoland) November 10, 2019
“We’re going to leave you this week with a gift from our hometown Washington Nationals,” Chuck Todd said. “That’s right, it’s the World Series Trophy – the Commissioner’s Trophy of the World Series champions. I so desperately just want to grab it and put my fingerprints on it. Actually, I just hope it lives here for years and years to come.”
Two weeks ago, as the Nationals had just beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS and Todd closed the show with this.
“The World Series starts Tuesday and it’s a local story for us,” Todd said. “Houston you have a problem, our Washington Nationals are coming!”
EARLIER: The World Series starts this week as the Washington Nationals face the Houston Astros. #MTP@chucktodd: "Houston, you have a problem. Our Washington Nationals are coming." pic.twitter.com/OHGrr81G4q
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) October 20, 2019
Ahead of Game Seven of the World Series, Todd said, “Let’s go, Max. C’mon, man! Hopefully, we’re celebrating a World Series championship in the nation’s capital. Mr. Scherzer, it’s all on you, brother.”
WATCH: Game 7 of this year’s World Series is tonight in Houston, and Chuck Todd is hoping for one more road win for the Washington Nationals. #MTPDaily #GoNats@ChuckTodd: “Hopefully we’re celebrating a World Series championship in the nation’s capital.” pic.twitter.com/Zx3fDAmxIQ
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) October 30, 2019
On Todd’s Instagram account, he even posted a photo with one of the pairs of Bubly brand sunglasses that Aníbal Sánchez wore.
During an interview with NBC Sports Washington, Todd talked about his love for baseball.
“There is no better feeling in the world than coming home and being able to turn on the TV and go right to a baseball game when I get home,” Todd said. “Baseball, to me, is the soundtrack of my life.”
Todd grew up in Miami as a Los Angeles Dodgers fan. He would head to Dodgertown in Vero Beach as a kid, and was reared on the idea Koufax and Robinson were the thing. He went from one major city lacking a major-league team to another when he came to Washington. His time without a home team changed, of course, in 2005 when the Montreal Expos were turned into the Washington Nationals. Finally having a team in his town split his patronage among the Dodgers and Nationals, leading him to purchase season tickets to the latter after jumping on board during the team’s unexpected run in 2005. He’s been a fervent supporter since.
Inside the NBC Washington studio, conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt and PBS NewsHour’s Yamiche Alcindor took photos with the World Series trophy.
Always enjoy @MeetThePress and @chucktodd and today’s panel of @Yamiche @HailleJackson @IgnatiusPost was terrific. But seeing the fabled Commissioner’s Trophy was something. Some day soon coming to Cleveland with the @Indians. pic.twitter.com/HnSYcUCmRV
— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) November 10, 2019
Excited to be joining @MeetThePress with @chucktodd this Sunday along side @hughhewitt, @HallieJackson and @IgnatiusPost. Tune in to watch. (And yes, that’s the World Series trophy.) pic.twitter.com/c6549tIBxi
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) November 10, 2019
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