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The Congressional Baseball Game

Whether you’re into the political scene or just itching to get back to Nationals Park to see some baseball, the Congressional Baseball Game might be for you. This evening, at 7 p.m., members of both parties will settle the score on the baseball diamond instead of in the U.S. Capitol. Tickets are just $10 and proceeds benefit the Washington Literacy Council and The Boys and

Where at Nats Park (Updated)

After visiting Cooperstown, NY for the first time last weekend, I give you this picture for this week’s Where at Nats Park. First, identify where this Hall of Famer is honored at Nationals Park. For bonus points -- Tell me something interesting about his career. And take a photograph of this at Nationals Park and post it onto MASN’s Facebook page. Good luck! Answer: On

Braves Organist Taking Strasburg Song Suggestions

Meet Matthew Kaminski, organist for the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Kaminski began playing the organ when he was five and eventually studied music at the University of Arizona and Georgia State University under the tutelage of some of the world’s finest musicians. But Kaminski is also a baseball fan. Born in Chicago, Kaminski recalls Harry Caray’s 7th inning stretch as the highlight of the

Free K Posters

Don’t forget to pick up your free Express today to get a “K” poster for this afternoon’s Strasburg start. Wouldn’t it be awesome to see these pop up in unison all throughout the park after each strikeout? The Nationals now also have a coordinated “K” sign display below the Miller Lite sign on the giant HD scoreboard. On another note: If you’re skipping work today

Children Awed by Zimmerman and Capps

“It was really cool...a grand slam.” Those were the words of a ten year old patient at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children who unexpectedly met Matt Capps and Ryan Zimmerman on Tuesday. Noah recently had his appendix removed but he’s eager to get back out on the baseball field. The young first baseman, who tries to emulate both Albert Pujols and Ryan Zimmerman, wanted to

Where at Nats Park? (Updated)

Hope you all survived the heat at Nationals Park this weekend. I’m sporting a new bright red shade that I hope will fade before I have to attend a wedding this weekend. Anyway, on to baseball. Here is this week’s challenge photo. Can you identify where it is? Some additional bonus point options for this week. Tell me something about the subject in the picture.

ziMS Foundation Hosts “A Night at the Park”

On August 9th, Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will host a star-studded event at Nationals Park to benefit the ziMS Foundation. The event will feature special performances by world renowned magician David Blaine and recording artists Amos Lee and Mutlu. During the inaugural Zims Foundation event in Washington, Nationals Park will be transformed into an intimate concert hall with a special stage on the outside

Women Learn Baseball Fundamentals at Nats U

On Saturday morning, roughly 65 women gathered to learn more about baseball fundamentals from Nationals coaches and front office staff. The third baseball clinic geared toward women since baseball returned to D.C., Nats U was a tremendous success. The women sipped mimosas and enjoyed a complimentary breakfast in the PNC Diamond Club before splitting up into a beginning group and an advanced group. The advanced

Strasburg Praised by Ozzie Guillen

Ozzie Guillen, the outspoken manager of the Chicago White Sox, held nothing back while praising Nationals’ phenom Stephen Strasburg following Friday night’s game. Though his team managed to take a run from Strasburg early, their bats fell silent for the next nine innings. Through seven of those innings, Strasburg allowed just that one run and struck out 10. Perhaps even more impressive, he threw only

All-Stars Among Us: Joe Mornini

Our final profile of the Nationals’ All-Stars Among Us looks at Joe Mornini. Remember, voting ends on Sunday, June 20th. Your votes will help to decide which one of these three individuals will represent the Nationals at the 2010 All-Star Game. Joe Mornini co-founded the nonprofit TeamRiverRunner to train and mentor active service members and wounded veterans in whitewater boating and other paddling sports. An

This Weekend in NatsTown

On the third day of Strasmas...Ozzie Guillen came to NatsTown. Make sure to follow the outspoken White Sox manager on Twitter this weekend. He’s pretty entertaining. After Strasmania tonight, the Nats have plenty of weekend activities planned to celebrate Father’s Day. On Saturday, winners of a Father’s Day essay contest will be honored on the field during a pregame ceremony. It’s also the first bobblehead

All-Stars Among Us: Mark Bergel

This week, Nats Buzz is profiling the three Nats finalists for People’s All-Stars Among Us campaign. Make sure you vote before Sunday, June 20th. One of these three amazing individuals will represent the Nationals at the 2010 All-Star Game. Eight years ago, Mark Bergel was volunteering to deliver food to those in poverty. He visited one apartment where a family -- a grandmother, her daughter

Dunn, Capps and Lannan on Top Chef?

Those of you who tuned in to watch the season premiere of Top Chef last night (shouldn’t you have been watching the Nats!) saw a sneak peak of a future episode featuring Adam Dunn, Matt Capps and John Lannan. As you may have heard, this season’s Top Chef competition is set in Washington D.C. The website IMDb offers this preview of the Nats episode: “The

Nats U (Updated)

There is still time to sign up for the Nats baseball clinic for women on Saturday, June 19th. Ladies, I speak from experience -- this is a can’t-miss event. If you want to learn a little more about the game, ask coaches some questions, run around on the grass at Nationals Park and meet some fellow female fans, you really want to sign up for

Lots of Desmond

Ian Desmond will be the central star during MASN’s next two broadcasts this week. He’ll participate in both Wired Wednesday and Covering the Bases during this series, so be sure to tune in. On Wednesday, Desmond will wear a mic during the evening game against Detroit. On Thursday, Bob, Rob and Debbi will “cover the bases” with Desmond providing fans with insight into the shortstop’s

All-Stars Among Us: Kat Lanigan

We’re profiling the Nationals’ All-Stars Among Us finalists this week on Nats Buzz. You have until Sunday, June 20th to vote for one of these three finalists to represent the Nationals at the All-Star Game in Anaheim this July. First up is baseball fan Kat Lanigan of Herndon. When Lanigan’s father - a U.S. Army Reservist - was deployed overseas, she started a letter writing

Strasburg Graces Sports Illustrated Cover

Nats fans, don’t forget to pick up your copy of Sports Illustrated this week. Stephen Strasburg, “National Treasure,” will be on the cover. With 22 strikeouts, 2 wins and a storybook debut, Strasburg also earned the National League’s player of the week award. The cover story is a feature piece on Strasburg by Albert Chen. It caps a big week for the rookie pitcher, who

The Strasburger

Last Friday, I took a quick trip over to BGR - The Burger Joint in Alexandria to try the now-famous Strasburger. The burger, which is named for and dedicated to Stephen Strasburg, features Vermont Cheddar cheese (for Strasburg’s days with the Syracuse Chiefs), a grilled hot dog (representing the Phoenix Desert Dogs) and 14 pickles for the 14 strikeout debut. BGR founder Mark Bucher conceived

Where at Nats Park? (Updated)

Happy Monday! Can you guess this week’s Where at Nats Park photo? Answers will be posted Wednesday. ---- P.S. I was on “Throwing Like a Girl” yesterday talking Strasburg. If you’d like to listen, visit blogtalkradio.com/throwing-like-a-girl. Answer: The Walter Johnson statue is correct. Good work! Following the lead of O’s Buzz blogger, Kate, are you guys getting tired of Where at Nats Park? Would you

Blood Drive This Weekend (Updated)

Don’t forget, the Nats will host a blood drive on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Nationals Park. All blood donors will receive two tickets to a future Nationals game, a limited edition Build-A-Bear Workshop bloodhound and the opportunity to take an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Nationals Park. Inova Blood Donor Services supplies lifesaving blood and blood products to 15 different hospitals in

Covering the Bases: Matt Capps

Tune in Thursday to learn all about former Pirates’ closer Matt Capps during MASN’s weekly Covering the Bases segment. Drafted by the Pirates in the 7th round of the First-Year Player Draft in 2002, Capps became a reliever in ‘05 and advanced quickly through the minor league system making his debut in September of that year. A closer since 2007, Capps has 87 career saves

The Business of Strasmania

Before he stepped on the mound, Stephen Strasburg’s brand soared to unprecedented levels. A sell-out crowd came from all over the region to see a young, laid-back pitcher from California perform before a national, if not global, audience. Around the country, baseball fans tuned in to see if Strasburg could live up to the hype. Heavy praise from scouts, baseball experts and the media led

Nats Fans React to Strasburg

Before Tuesday’s game, Nats Buzz caught up with some Nationals fans to talk about the debut of Stephen Strasburg. As you already know, the crowd was electric, collectively hanging on every pitch and creating a playoff-like atmosphere that gave all of us goosebumps. The crowd met every strike with roars of approval and every strikeout with a standing ovation. The fans were very much a

Milledge, Bucs Impressed with Strasburg

Two outs into Stephen Strasburg’s would-be impressive major league debut, the past stepped into the batter’s box to meet the future. Lastings Milledge strolled to the plate greeted by a chorus of boos from the sold-out crowd of 40,315. After two called strikes, Milledge swung at strike three and the crowd erupted. Milledge was the first of Strasburg’s nine strikeout victims on the night. In

Livo: “This is perfect”

Livan Hernandez knows something about sell-out crowds, national attention and baseball hype in Washington. After all, he was on the mound for one of the most important moments in D.C. baseball history -- the return of baseball to the nation’s capital in 2005. While it’s a bit of a stretch to compare that exciting moment to tonight’s debut of Stephen Strasburg, there are certainly similarities.

Merry Strasmas!

To celebrate the arrival of Stephen Strasburg, Nats Buzz will be collecting and posting the best tweets about the phenom. Check back throughout the day as we continue to update it -- and be sure to follow the MASNsports.com team (@masnben, @bkerr32, @masnsports, @khudak11, @jenroylemasn and @rdibs49) for the latest news on “Strasmas.” Strasburg and Nats are already trending in Washington. Strasburg is also trending

Could Teddy Win on Tuesday?

As the Nationals usher in a new era of baseball history in Washington this week, one has to wonder -- is it time for Teddy to finally win the President’s Race? Could his first win come on Tuesday in front of a sell-out crowd and a national audience? Tuesday would be a perfect time for our favorite Racing President to shed his lovable loser label.

Road Trip Idea: Woodbridge

Because the Nationals are off tonight, you might want to consider taking a trip to Woodbridge to catch Pudge Rodriguez make a rehab start for the Potomac Nationals. Rodriguez should play about six innings and if he feels good during the game, he’s expected to catch the debut of Stephen Strasburg on Tuesday at Nationals Park. Monday night is also Dollar Night at Pfitzner Stadium.

Where at Nats Park? (Updated)

Back this week and ready to stump you. Can you figure out where this is at Nationals Park? Good luck! Answers will be revealed on Wednesday. Answer: Apologies for the late update here. I think we all had a busy week last week. The answer is the flooring inside the Exxon Strike Zone for kids.

Suite Seats and Standing Room Only for Strasburg (Updated)

If you haven’t yet secured tickets for Tuesday’s Strasburg debut, the Nationals are offering a few more options. They are opening up some of the suites for individual ticket purchases and offering standing room only tickets and day of game grandstand tickets at the box office on Tuesday afternoon. The tickets cost $95 or $145 and require a minimum purchase of 2 tickets. They will

This Weekend in NatsTown

Who’s ready for a busy homestand and some curly w’s? Saturday: In the morning, the Nationals First Ladies will be joined by Pat Listach and Rick Eckstein to Race for the Cure on the National Mall. Rachel Dunn, Ginger Willingham, Trey Harris and Cari Listach are among those expected to participate. Listach is a breast cancer survivor. You can read more about Pat and Cari’s

Clipp and Save

On Tuesday, June 22nd, be one of the first 10,000 fans at the ballpark and receive a “Clipp & Save” t-shirt sponsored by Tickets.com. MASNsports.com reader Steve Repsher first coined the term “clipp and save” to describe the Nats late inning relief combo of Tyler Clippard and Matt Capps. Nats News Network has a photo of the catchy t-shirt, along with a list of other

People’s All-Stars Among Us

The Nationals have announced three finalists for People’s 2010 “All-Stars Among Us” campaign. The contest is designed to honor individuals who are serving their community in extraordinary ways. Mark Bergel of Bethesda, Kat Lanigan of Herndon and Joe Mornini of Rockville will represent the Nationals in the voting this year. You can vote for them at PeopleAllStars.com now through June 20th. One winner from each

Listach, First Ladies Race for a Cure

On June 5th, thousands of people will gather on the National Mall to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. For 20 years, events like Race for the Cure have raised millions and millions of dollars to help women fight the disease and to invest in research to find a cure. During those same years, treatments and early detection programs have improved dramatically.

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