Former Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez leads Nationals to first World Series title


Former Cubs bench coach and current Nationals manager Dave Martinez can now say he's been part of two historic championship teams.

Martinez and the Nationals took down the Astros in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday, securing the franchise's first ever World Series title. It's the first time a baseball franchise in Washington D.C. has won the World Series since the Washington Senators did so in 1924.

Prior to 2019, the Nationals were infamous for their postseason struggles, with zero series wins in five trips. But as historic as Wednesday was, it may come second to Martinez's first title, when he helped the Cubs snap their World Series curse in 2016. Martinez was Joe Maddon's bench coach from 2015-17 while also playing for the team in 1986-88 and 2000.

Thursday, Cubs president Theo Epstein expressed happiness for Martinez, speaking highly of the latter's impact as Cubs bench coach on ESPN 1000's Kap & Company.

"Congratulations to the Nationals, unbelievable job. Davey Martinez, so happy for him," Epstein said to David Kaplan and Pat Boyle. "Davey's strength is connecting with the players in a very visceral way to get them to believe and buy in and leave it all out on the field and sort of bond brother-to-brother. It was cool watching that from afar and recognizing that he had played a role in creating that here."

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