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Weekend Odds and Ends

Please come join us at Crystal City Sports Pub on Saturday evening as we watch the Nationals take on the Marlins from Miami. Ben Goessling is hosting his first get-together to talk to fans this weekend and you don’t want to miss it. Meet us at Sports Pub (in Arlington, accessible my Metro) at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday. Make sure to go RSVP! Nationals PR

Where at Nats Park? (Updated)

Happy Monday! How’s everybody doing? Ready for tonight’s game at Wrigley Field? Have you checked the NL East standings lately? Here’s this week’s Where at Nats Park contest: Do you know where it is? Leave your guesses in the comment section below (and try not to look at other answers). With our new auto approved comments, it’s hard to hide correct answers until Wednesday. Good

Children’s Day at Nationals Park

On Sunday, the Nationals hosted the Children’s National Medical Center for the third annual Children’s Day at Nationals Park. The event honors the Nationals’ partnership with Children’s Hospital and the team’s ongoing commitment to building a pediatric diabetes care complex. Children who receive treatment at the facility enjoyed pre-game activities, delivered the ceremonial first pitch and line-up card, took the field for the “starting 9”

Ronnie Remembers

A versatile infielder and veteran presence, Ronnie Belliard played an important role during three tough seasons in Washington. Traded to the Dodgers in late August 2009, Belliard found himself moving cross-country from a team pushing toward a 100 loss season to a team destined for postseason play. Added as a utilityman and bat on the bench, Belliard impressed the Dodgers quickly with his hot hitting

Tips for the weekend

Leave early: While taking the Metro to Thursday’s game provided a nice discount on tickets, taking the Metro this weekend might take some extra time. Fans are encouraged to add at least 60 minutes to their travel time for all weekend games against the Dodgers. Metro will be conducting weekend track maintenance on the Green, Blue, Orange and Red Lines. That work will likely cause

Happy Earth Day

On Thursday, the Nationals will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day during an afternoon game against the Rockies. The team will be raising awareness about environmental issues and highlighting the green features at Nationals Park, America’s first green ballpark. Earth Day National Coordinator Denis Hayes and Athletes for Earth Ambassador/ Nordic Combined Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Demong will participate in pre-game activities to commemorate

Voting is Open

Let’s get a head start, shall we? Last year, Nats fans filled out thousands and thousands of ballots and sent Ryan Zimmerman to his first All Star game. Who will we send this year? Visit vote.mlb.com to start casting your ballots. Nationals starters Adam Dunn, Ivan Rodriguez, Ryan Zimmerman, Ian Desmond, Adam Kennedy, Nyjer Morgan, Josh Willingham and Willie Harris are all listed on the

All Stars Among Us

The Washington Nationals certainly spend a lot of time enriching the community around the ballpark. Everyday All Stars come from all walks of life and improve our communities in a variety of ways. But they share one very special quality -- the desire to give back. Major League Baseball has again teamed up with People Magazine to honor ordinary people who make a big difference

Beisbol Words and More

Here are your Spanish/English baseball words for week two. It’s a pretty random mix this week. The whole class had to learn a few health words, so I added the ones that seemed relevant. Enjoy! arbitration: arbitraje to warm up (one’s arm): calentar el brazo sacrifice bunt: toque de sacrificio closer: cerrador free agency: carta de libertad to score: anotar, cruzar el plato to take

Where at Nats Park? (Updated)

In honor of Jackie Robinson Day (last week), can you guess where this #42 is displayed? Be specific since this one is a little bit easy. Answers will be posted on Wednesday. Ready for a great homestand? T-Shirt Tuesday? Elvis wigs? Fireworks? I hope so. See you at Nats Park! Answer: Jackie’s commemorative #42 hangs in left field near the visitor’s bullpen. Great work!

Lannan Visits the Children’s Inn at NIH

On Monday morning, Nationals pitcher John Lannan met with children and families at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda. Lannan, a 2009 recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award for community service, is a Sports Ambassador to the Children’s Inn at NIH. The facility is a “place like home” for children receiving treatment at NIH for serious illnesses including cancer, heart, lung, blood, bone

New Bells and Whistles

I just wanted to quickly introduce you to a few new features here at Nats Buzz. First, our new RSS feed is now available at http:www.//masnsports.com/nationals_buzz/atom.xml The other new addition that I wanted to mention was automatic approval of comments when you sign in. I figure many of you will be excited about this. Once you log-in for the first time, using Gmail, Yahoo, AIM,

A Double Dose of Adam

All season long, MASN will bring viewers two can’t-miss features on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Every Wednesday, the crew will wire up a Nationals player or coach for Wired Wednesdays. Adam Dunn and Jim Riggleman will make frequent appearances because they also blog here at MASNsports.com. Tonight, catch Adam Dunn on MASN’s exclusive Wired Wednesday. Each Thursday, Debbi Taylor, Bob Carpenter and Rob Dibble will take

Beisbol Words

So, Nats Buzz readers, I’m taking an eight week Spanish class on Wednesday nights to brush up on my Spanish speaking, reading and writing skills. I took several courses in high school and college, but I’m very, very rusty. And, as you can imagine, it’s incredibly useful to understand Spanish if you love baseball -- as a fan or a writer. Have you ever tried

Where at Nats Park? (Updated)

While you patiently wait for the team’s return on Friday evening, be sure to take a shot at this week’s Where at Nats Park contest. I’m not trying to be tricky, but it may take you a few guesses. Remember, answers will be posted on Wednesday. Good luck!! Answer: The reflection of the Curly W from the gates at the First Base (or Home Plate)

Strasburg, Storen Impress

In front of a sell-out crowd of 7,887 on a beautiful Sunday in Altoona, Pa., baseball fans in small town Pennsylvania got a glimpse at the future of the Washington Nationals. Just over nine months ago, the Nationals drafted an ace and a closer, Stephen Strasburg and Drew Storen, two very different young men who will, over time, be asked to accept important roles in

My First Game: Brian Bruney

Oregon native Brian Bruney was very young when his uncle Mike first started taking him to the Kingdome in Seattle to watch Mariners games. His uncle lived in Portland and together they’d make the three hour trek north to watch Mariners games during the late 80’s and early 90’s. “I used to kid Alex [Rodriguez] in New York that when I was kid going to

Introducing “My First Game”

When was your first game? What do you remember? Was it magical? Maybe it wasn’t your first game, but it’s the first one you remember. Something stuck out -- a crazy play, a star performance or maybe just the color of the grass? As MASN continues to celebrate defining moments, Nats Buzz brings you a new weekly feature, “My First Game.” It grew out of

A Day in the Life of Riggleman

Though the skipper maintains a blog here at MASNsports.com which provides some insight about his day to day duties, there’s still plenty more that you may be curious about from time to time. When does he fill out his line-up card? What meetings does he participate in each day? Tune in to Nats Xtra tonight at 6:30 p.m. as the crew goes behind the scenes

Nats React to President Obama’s Visit

In a bright red Nationals jacket with a White Sox cap tucked inside his glove, President Barack Obama made his first appearance at a Nationals game to honor the 100 year anniversary of the ceremonial first pitch by an American president. Before the game, he met with the team to wish them luck. He also threw five to six warm up pitches to Pudge Rodriguez.

Where at Nats Park (Updated)

Happy Opening Day! Kicking off a new chapter of Where at Nats Park, can you figure out where this photo was taken? Good luck! Answers will be posted on Wednesday. Answer: Good work, folks. This is a Curly W on top of the Capitol dome hanging in the Stars and Stripes Club.

Morgan excited to meet Obama

For all the energy and enthusiasm Nyjer Morgan adds to the team, he brings something else as well. The fun-loving outfielder has a big heart and he wants to do his part to be a positive influence on the African American community, especially in the nation’s capital. Morgan was involved with Kidney Foundation awareness events and fundraising throughout the winter. The speedster hopes to start

Nats Thank Season Ticket Holders

On Saturday, the Nationals honored season ticket holders with special photo opportunities and a town hall meeting with manager Jim Riggleman. Fans could take photos with all of their favorite Nationals including Ryan Zimmerman, Adam Dunn, John Lannan and Nyjer Morgan, as well as with new faces like Pudge Rodriguez and Brian Bruney. At the town hall meeting, fans asked questions directly to Riggleman and

Where at Nats Park Tally

We began playing Where at Nats Park in early January and many of you have contributed to the fun. We’re going to keep it going into the new season, but I wanted to get an offseason tally to see where we stand. We have a clear winner in NatsNut. She provided nine correct answers over the past twelve weeks. Congratulations to her! I’m still trying

Nationals Dream Foundation Classic

On Saturday, baseball returns to D.C. in an exhibition game between the Nationals and the Red Sox. The team has plenty in store for fans, and especially season ticket holders, for this special game which benefits the organization’s philanthropic efforts in the local community. Season Ticket Holder Appreciation Day begins at 11:45 a.m. with player photo stations throughout the ballpark. At 12:45 p.m., Jim Riggleman

New at Nationals Park

On Wednesday, the Washington Nationals provided a sneak peak of new features at Nationals Park for the 2010 season. The entertainment, food and parking additions as well as extensive renovations of the PNC Diamond Club are designed to enhance the ballpark experience for Nats fans this season. Those new features begin as soon as you walk to the Center Field Plaza where two new exclusive

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