Juan Soto's World Series homer makes history and his coach predicted it would happen

Mark TownsendYahoo Sports Contributor

The Washington Nationals did something during their 5-4 victory in Game 1 of the World Series that no other team had done during the postseason.

They scored multiple runs against Houston Astros starter Gerrit Cole.

After falling behind on Yuli Gurriel’s first-inning two-run double, the Nationals played long ball against Cole as franchise stalwart Ryan Zimmerman and 20-year-old phenom Juan Soto unloaded monstrous solo home runs to tie the game and make both franchise and MLB history. And in Soto’s case, it also made hitting coach Kevin Long look like Nostradamus.

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Washington Nationals' Juan Soto hits a home run during the fourth inning of Game 1 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Washington Nationals' Juan Soto hits a home run during the fourth inning of Game 1 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Historic home runs

Zimmerman’s blast was a fitting way for Washington to open its first-ever World Series game. After the franchise moved to Washington in 2005, Zimmerman was the first player they officially drafted. He’s remained with the franchise ever since.

Zimmerman, 35, has appeared in 1,689 games for Washington during his career. In fact, he’s been with Washington almost as long as Juan Soto’s been alive. The age difference is notable because when Soto went deep in the fourth inning, he helped the Nationals make history.

That’s an amazing stat that encompasses the unique but effective structure of Washington’s lineup. They have youth. They have experience. Most of all, they have the ability to produce against any pitcher in baseball.

Nationals hitting coach predicted Soto’s home run

The Nationals offense also has confidence. That’s passed down from hitting coach Kevin Long, who according to the Fox Sports broadcast predicted Soto would hit a home run in Game 1.

Not only did Long predict the home run, he predicted the exact type of a pitch — a high fastball from Gerrit Cole.

Soto got the pitch and then sent it over the train tracks in LEFT FIELD.

That is epic power from one of the youngest players in the game.

Soto would later add a two-run double during Washington’s three-run fifth inning. He’s been a driving force for the offense all season and that has continued on MLB’s biggest stage.

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