These are thrilling times for Washington Nationals fans as their team prepares for its first World Series.
And it's a special time for the Lerner family, who purchased the struggling franchise from Major League Baseball in 2006 for $450 million. Mark D. Lerner, the Nationals principal owner, shared a video Saturday celebrating the team's success and thanking fans.
"Nationals fans, can you believe the Nationals are going to the World Series?" Lerner said in the video posted on Twitter. "I'm still recovering from the excitement of Tuesday night's historic win here at Nationals Park. We're only four wins away from a World Series championship, or as Davey (Martinez, Nationals manager) would say, 'We need to be 1-0 four more times.' My family and I are so happy for the players, coaches, staff and all the Nats fans
"Fifteen years ago, we dreamed of bringing the World Series trophy back to DC. And now with Davey leading this amazing group of players, coaches and staff, we are days away from making it a reality. You are the best fans in baseball and we wouldn't be here without your passion and dedication.
The Nationals will play Game 1 Tuesday in either Houston or New York, pending the outcome of the American League Championship Series. The Astros lead that series 3-2 with Game 6 tonight in Houston at 8:20 p.m ET.