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Strasburg’s arrival throws curve to expectant couple

I know we’re all driving ourselves crazy trying to pick Strasburg’s debut date. It’s a can’t-miss event and sometimes it’s hard to plan life around baseball especially with so many unknown factors. For season ticker holders Gavin and Rebecca Birch, it’s especially hard. The couple is expecting their first child, a daughter, on June 5th. Gavin’s been agonizing about the potential conflict for months, though

All My Single Ladies...(Updated)

...and married ladies too! Each year, the Nationals host a few “Ladies Night” events for female fans. What could be better than a night with the gals at the ballpark? Well, last year the event just happened to overlap with Randy Johnson’s 300th win, so that was just a little better. This season, the first Ladies Night is scheduled for June 10th when the Nationals

Where at Nats Park? (Updated)

Though I spent the weekend in Pennsylvania attending my step-brother’s wedding, I did try to follow the games as closely as possible. In fact, I informed our entire table of Pirates fans that Matt Capps had just locked up his 16th save, thanks to my Blackberry addiction. They grumbled quietly. “Capps is on my fantasy team,” my father informed the table. “But what should I

Battle of the Beltways

Lots of fun planned for this weekend as our Baltimore friends/foes come to NatsTown. To kick things off, Matt Capps, Adam Dunn and Josh Willingham will join coaches and broadcasters for an annual visit to the Military Advanced Training Center (MATC) at Walter Reed Army Medical Center this afternoon. They will sign autographs, take pictures and invite the soldiers to Friday night’s game against the

Desmond takes questions at ESPN Zone

Every year when Ian Desmond blew out the candles on his birthday cake, he closed his eyes and wished one day he would make it to the big leagues. Drafted out of high school by the Expos in 2004, it took six years in the minors for Desmond to make his dream come true. On Thursday afternoon, Desmond talked about his baseball journey in taking

Nationals Team Up with Paula Deen

Food Network star and paid Smithfield spokeswoman Paula Deen visited Nationals Park on Wednesday afternoon to raise awareness about hunger in our communities. Deen joined Sean and Jessica Burnett, John Lannan, Maryanne Gerry and Rachel Dunn to help the Nationals, Harris Teeter and Smithfield donate 100,000 servings of ham to the Capital Area Food Bank. “From my standpoint, I just have this love of feeding

Baseball for a good cause

Talk about a win/win for Nationals fans. As you may know, Nats PR pro Lisa Pagano is running a campaign to raise $75,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) in 10 weeks. Two great events are approaching quickly and both will be very rewarding for Nationals fans. This Thursday, you can purchase a ticket for the Mets vs. Nationals game at Nationals Park and

Paula Deen to visit Nationals Park

Food Network star Paula Deen will attend two events at Nationals Park on Wednesday, May 19th prior to the Nationals game against the Mets that evening. With Deen’s help, Sean and Jessica Burnett, Adam and Rachel Dunn, Wil and Yormarie Nieves, and John Lannan and Maryanne Garry will help to deliver more than 100,000 servings of donated food to the Capital Area Food Bank as

Where at Nats Park? (Updated)

Happy Monday! I hope that you all had a relaxing weekend. Are you ready for another homestand? This week’s challenge: Where is this photo on display at Nationals Park? Bonus points if you tell us something interesting about the subject of the photo. The answer will be posted on Wednesday. Answer: Actually, it’s Thursday! So you had an extra day. The answer is on the

Saturday’s Nats vs. Rockies in-game thread

Welcome to MASN’s live thread for tonight’s Nationals-Rockies game. We’ll have updates and analysis throughout the game, and whether you’re just watching the game on TV or following online, you can participate by commenting in this thread. Or, if you’re on Twitter, you can tag tweets with #masnnats, and they’ll be included in the chat. Nats vs. Rockies 5/15 in-game thread

Wired Wednesday and Covering the Bases (Updated)

This week, MASN will wire Willie Harris for the rubber match against the Mets. Full of personality, Harris is always entertaining when wired, so don’t miss this special feature. Nats Xtra begins at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday. On Thursday, MASN will Cover the Bases with veteran catcher Iván Rodriguez. Bob, Rob and Debbi will review Pudge’s phenomenal career and talk to coaches and players about

ESPN Zone Q&A: Ian Desmond

Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 20th for the first ESPN Zone Q&A of the season. Nats shortstop Ian Desmond will be the first guest of the season for the hugely popular lunch-time sessions. Desmond will take questions about his impressive defensive play, the team’s hot start to the season and life in the Nats’ clubhouse. Doors usually open at 11 a.m. for these 12

Where at Nats Park? (Updated)

In honor of the Nats’ hot start to the season and the cold, windy game yesterday, here’s this week’s Where at Nats Park. Can you guess what this is? Do you know where it’s located at Nationals Park? Answers will be posted on Wednesday. Good luck! Answer: Mayorga Coffee Stand in 111 and 129...great for those real cold nights at the ballpark. You can also

Dream Foundation Hosts 5th Annual Gala

For the fifth time since baseball returned to the nation’s capital, Nationals players and coaches put on their tuxedos to raise money for the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation at the organization’s annual gala. Held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, the gala is the biggest fundraising event of the year for the foundation. “It really helps when they win because people are so

To Raise a Closer

It’s one of the most difficult roles in baseball. Closers need a short memory, a lot of confidence, composure and nasty stuff. They must channel their adrenaline, turn it into a positive force and ultimately shut down the opponent. It’s a unique role only suited to certain pitchers. One of those special players is Drew Storen, currently closing games for the Syracuse Chiefs. Storen’s been

Nats Players, Wives Visit the Capital Area Food Bank

On Thursday afternoon, Nationals players Willie Harris, Wil Nieves and Alberto Gonzalez visited the Capital Area Food Bank to help with meal preparation for hungry families in Washington D.C. They were joined by their wives, Trey Harris, Yormarie Nieves and Elaine Gonzalez. Founded in 1980, the Food Bank is the largest supplier of food to those suffering from hunger in the Washington metro area. With

Remembering Ernie Harwell

It was a sad Tuesday evening at Nationals Park as broadcasters, players, writers and coaches reflected on the passing of legendary Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell. For nearly 50 years, Harwell was the voice of the Tigers cementing his place in baseball history and earning the esteemed Ford C. Frick Award in 1981. Harwell, a soft spoken story-teller, was truly one of a kind. Though

This Week in NatsTown

The Nats are home for a short homestand against NL East opponents this week. Of course, today is T-Shirt Tuesday, so get to the park early. On Friday, Miller Lite will give away coolers to the first 10,000 adult fans. It will also be the team’s first Tweetup of the season. Join Twitter friends at the Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk for just $14: www.nationals.com/tweetup. The

Beisbol Words

In class, we’ve focused on past tense phrases and verbs for the past few weeks so we weren’t able to choose our own (baseball-themed) words. But, here is this week’s set of words. Yeah, I’m being a little bit glass half full, but you have to enjoy it while it lasts! wildcard: comodín win: ganado, triunfo to win: ganar, triunfar winner: ganador to shut out:

Where at Nats Park? (Updated)

Changing it up this week, we have a reader submitted photo. Can you guess where this is? This photo is from C Tatem. If you have a photo you’d like to submit to the contest, leave a comment here and I’ll be in touch! Answers on Wednesday. Good luck! Answer: Red Porch If you haven’t been out there yet this season, check it out. There

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