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Nats Partner with Prince George's County

After battling D.C.'s second big snowstorm of the winter, the Nationals caravan arrived in Prince George's County for a special presentation with local officials. The team announced a new partnership with the county to support the growth of baseball through a variety of community programs. Specifically, the partnership invites children to attend a youth baseball clinic at Nationals Park during the 2010 season and promises

Nats Lift Spirits at Children's Hospital

On a blustery cold Saturday morning, the Nationals warmed the hearts of dozens of children seeking medical treatment at Children's National Medical Center. Families and patients at the facility met with Jim Riggleman, Rob Dibble and several Nationals players to play UNO, color pictures and talk baseball. It was - and always is - the highlight of the winter caravan. "When you can see the

Nats Caravan Stop at Ben's Chili Bowl

On Thursday, the caravan began the day at historic Ben's Chili Bowl in Washington D.C. Stan Kasten and Mike Rizzo joined the crew for a quick lunch. "It's a pretty cool historic place," said Danny Espinosa, making his first visit to the famed eatery. "We had a good time." Espinosa was impressed by the many photographs of celebrity visitors including President Obama. After ordering a

Nats Make Care Packages with USO

On Thursday afternoon, the caravan traveled to Fort Belvoir in Virginia for a very special afternoon service project with USO. Together with servicemen and women and local volunteers, the Nationals made care packages for soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan and Haiti. To date, the organization has shipped over 1.8 million care packages to troops. The care packages include shampoo, shaving cream, razors, toothbrushes and other basic

Build-a-Bear Stop at Tyson's Corner

On Wednesday evening, the Nationals caravan moved to Build-a-Bear at Tyson's Corner Center. They greeted fans, signed autographs and made their very own bears. Drew Storen was pretty pumped about his Batman owl. Manager Jim Riggleman was new to the process, but Rob Dibble showed him the ropes, step by step. To bring the bears to life, the guys had to warm up the

Partnership with the Southwest Health Center

Today's first stop on the 2010 Winter Caravan brought Ryan Speier, Danny Espinosa, Drew Storen, Jim Riggleman and Rob Dibble into Unity Health Care's Southwest Health Center, just a few blocks from Nationals Park. The facility serves all D.C. residents, regardless of their ability to pay for medical care. In December, nearly forty Nationals front office employees helped to refurbish and repaint the health center

Three New Mini-plans

If you want to enjoy the season ticket holder experience but 22, 42 or 81 games are just too many for your budget or schedule, the Nats have a solution. Today, they introduced the Champions Plan (14 games for the price of 13), the Sunday Fun-day Plan (13 games for the price of 12), and Zim's Silver Slugger Plan (10 games for the price of

Catching up with Flores

Jesus Flores can't make it to this week's caravan, but he has been pretty busy this offseason. The catcher spent the winter working out and rehabbing his shoulder in Miami. He expects to resume baseball activities next month and come back healthy, strong and ready for a productive 2010 season. Flores has been plagued by unfortunate injuries in recent seasons. His first big setback occurred

Caravan, Dave Matthews Band and Chats

A whole host of Nationals news coming in this afternoon... First, the caravan kicks off tomorrow with Danny Espinosa, Drew Storen, Ryan Speier, Jim Riggleman and our very own Rob Dibble. Throughout the day, the group will visit the Southwest Health Center in DC, Hard Times Cafe in Arlington and Build a Bear in Tyson's Corner. Check Nats Buzz all week for updates, interviews, pictures,

Where at Nats Park (Updated)

I'm sorry for the break in updates. I left suddenly for Pennsylvania for a few days to attend my grandfather's funeral. But I'm back now and with the Nationals caravan and NatsFest approaching quickly, we'll be sure to have plenty of Nats Buzz news for you, starting with this week's "Where at Nats Park" photograph. Think you have the answer? Put it in the comments

Where at Nats Park? (Updated)

The Nationals Park logo is all over the place, but where is this particular one located? Trust me, it's very visible and shouldn't be too difficult. We'll work up to the more challenging ones. Our second installment of "Where at Nats Park" is late because of the holiday, so we'll reveal the answer on Thursday instead of Wednesday. Just like last week, put your answers

The Men in Blue

When I was a child, my father refereed high school and college basketball games. He was tough, but impartial. I hated watching him work, mostly because he couldn't please fans from either side. It's never fun to watch your Dad get booed. But his experience taught me to see the game in a different way and to respect those that try to enforce the rules.

Want to be part of the Nat Pack? (Updated)

The Nationals are searching for athletes, gymnasts, cheerleaders, promotions people and "outstanding personalities" to join their Nat Pack in 2010. The Nat Pack is the in-game entertainment crew. They host pre-game features and games, shoot t-shirts, rally the crowd and generally serve as fan ambassadors at games and in the community. Applicants should be "energetic, positive, talented, enthusiastic, dependable and fun." Of course, they should

Mamie "Peanut" Johnson Field?

Last week, DC Council Member Tommy Wells introduced the "Mamie 'Peanut' Johnson Field Designation Act of 2010" which will name the multipurpose field at the Rosedale Recreation Center after Mamie "Peanut" Johnson. The field is located just a few blocks from RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. Johnson's big break came while practicing at Rosedale Recreation Center in 1953 when former player Bish Tyson observed her

Where at Nats Park (Updated)

Copying the great idea of our Orioles Buzz blogger, Kate, I took a trip down to Nationals Park last week to take some photographs for our brand new weekly game, "Where at Nats Park?" Some will be easy and some will be more challenging. We'll post the correct answer on Wednesday. Put your answer in the comments and keep track of your correct guesses. Who

Chat with Drew Storen

The Washington Nationals Fan Forum, one of the most active online communities of Nats fans, is hosting a chat with Drew Storen on Sunday. The first round draft pick keeps fans regularly updated with a blog and a Twitter account (@DrewStoren). Still, there are plenty of questions for fans to ask about his development, upbringing, goals, etc. His fellow tech-savvy teammate Collin Balester chatted last

Caravan and NatsFest Details

With just about six weeks to go until pitchers and catchers report, the Nationals have released details about the annual Winter Caravan and NatsFest scheduled for January 27-31. MASN's Rob Dibble, manager Jim Riggleman and prospects Drew Storen, Danny Espinosa and Ryan Speier will kick off the caravan on Wednesday, January 27 with stops at the Unity Health Care's Southwest Health Center in DC, Hard

Capps talks Character and Community

Between discussing his pitching mechanics, new teammates and expectations for 2010, new National Matt Capps spoke of the importance of family and character in a year that has been especially trying for the young closer. On top of the strain of struggling through the '09 season and eventually being non-tendered by the Pirates, Capps lost his father, Mike, an instrumental part of his life and

Give a Day

''Any time you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don't, then you are wasting your time on Earth.'' -- Roberto Clemente As we begin the new year, many of us are searching for ways to become better people in 2010. Whether that's at the gym, on the clock or with our families, January always brings a new opportunity to

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