Nats’ Championship Merch Flying Off Shelves

Ten minutes before the clock struck midnight Wednesday, the Washington Nationals clinched the franchise’s first ever championship beating the Houston Astros 6-2 in Game 7 of the World Series.

About 40 minutes later—at 12:30 a.m.—Dick’s Sporting Goods at Rio Shopping Center in Gaithersburg had opened its doors to customers hungry to buy merchandise saying “World Series Champions.” Lines that were amusement-park long, there was a local news crew doing live shots and the merchandise flew off the shelves. This was all happening at a time when most people are usually fast sleep.

Dick’s closed at 3 am then re-opened at 7 a.m. on Thursday to more frenzied crowds looking to gobble up what merchandise remained. By 9 a.m.—the normal store opening time—the majority of the merchandise, especially shirts, hats and hoodies, was gone but still some remnants remained.

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