While the Washington Nationals were busy making franchise history Wednesday night in Houston, a 19-year-old fan was busy sliding into viral fame 1,400 miles away.
Jason Turner, a George Mason student from Fairfax, Virginia, braved the rain to attend a World Series watch party at Nationals Park in Washington’s Navy Yard neighborhood when his team won its first world championship, edging the Houston Astros 6-2.
“During the beginning of the game my buddy and I were upset that we were losing so I leaned over to him and said if we win I’m sliding on the dugout,” Turner told CNN via Twitter.
The moment the Nationals won, Turner made good on that promise.
In a video tweeted by reporter Kelyn Soong that has since been viewed more than 4.6 million times on Twitter, Turner can be seen ripping his shirt off and sliding on top of the team’s wet dugout.
“I’ve been a Nats fan all my life I felt joy and relief after we won relief that we didn’t blow a 2-0 lead,” Turner said. “I’ve been to a lot of Nats games throughout my life and I did stunts like this in high school (not to this scale).”
While the World Series title is the first for the Nationals’ franchise, it is the second for the city. In 1924, the Washington Senators, now the Minnesota Twins, defeated the New York Giants four games to three.