In a weekend that featured a once-in-a-century World Series victory parade in Washington, DC, the commonwealth’s largest town played the role of the Washington Nationals’ biggest fan.
Friday afternoon, in a nod to the Nats’ historic Series win, the Leesburg Town Council called a rare special meeting to consider declaring the town, at least for the weekend, Natsburg.
“Today we have the opportunity to bring two of the best experiences together as one — Leesburg, the best town in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the Nationals, the best baseball team in the nation,” Mayor Kelly Burk said.
Vice Mayor Marty Martinez said the Nationals players embodied the spirit of teamwork and sportsmanship, and said the way they played inspired “hope and joy in the game.”
The motion to ceremoniously declare Leesburg “Natsburg” from Nov. 1-3 passed by a 4-0-3 vote, with council members Ron Campbell, Suzanne Fox and Tom Dunn absent. In victory, the four council members present did the Baby Shark “clap” after the motion passed.
During the weekend, residents had ample opportunity to revel in their Natsburg pride, with new town logos displayed throughout the area and road signs welcoming visitors to Natsburg.