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Favorite Moments of the 2010 Season

Now that the season is drawing to a close, what will you remember most about the Washington Nationals in 2010? I think the answer may be easy. For many of us, it’s undoubtedly going to be Stephen Strasburg’s incredible debut. But what about the rest of the season. What games, moments, plays and highlights will you remember? The presidential first pitch? An inside the park

Chef Rick Moonen introduces “Moon N’ Doggie”

On Monday night, Nationals fans will have a unique opportunity to sample Chef Rick Moonen’s new seafood creation. During the Nationals game against the Phillies, Moonen will unveil his “Moon N’ Doggie” gourmet shrimp dog at Nationals Park. The special will be sold in the Stars and Stripes Club and at the Red Porch during the final three games. The shrimp dog is served with

Nats Honor Bobby Cox

On Sunday, the Nationals will honor legendary Braves manager Bobby Cox in a special pre-game ceremony. From 1991 to 2005, Cox won a record 14 straight division titles, five National League Pennants and the World Series in 1995. He will retire at the end of this season with 40 years of service to Major League Baseball. Willie Harris, who played for the Atlanta Braves in

Batista speaks to seniors at the Chelsea School

Miguel Batista -- author, musician, poet and pitcher -- spent his Friday afternoon speaking to youth at the Chelsea School in Silver Spring, Maryland. Founded in 1976, the Chelsea School is a college preparatory school serving students in grades 5-12 with language-based learning disabilities from the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Batista spoke to the students about his journey to the big leagues and his unique

With the people

On a day like today, it’s important to reflect on Stan Kasten’s role in building this franchise, but that’s a task I’ll leave to our veteran baseball minds here at MASNsports.com. Because Nats Buzz strives to provide a fan-centric perspective, I wanted to take a moment to reminisce about another side of Stan Kasten -- the fan ambassador. I have no doubt that many of

Gospel Concert at Nats Park

Following Saturday’s game, the Nationals will host their third annual Gospel Music Fest at Nationals Park. If you attend the game, you’re invited to stay for the post-game concert, which will begin as soon as the concert can be properly set up after the final out (approximately 5:45 p.m.). Fans can also purchase tickets at www.nationals.com/gospel. Praise 104.1 FM Radio Personality Cheryl Jackson will serve

The Final Homestand

It’s almost that time. With just thirteen Nationals games left on the schedule and only ten left at Nationals Park, it’s time to say goodbye to ballpark friends and bring this season to a close. This week, don’t forget to pick up a raffle ticket to “Jerseys Off Their Backs,” which benefits the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation. Winners will receive a game-worn jersey on Sunday,

Morgan calls season a “learning year”

Nationals center fielder Nyjer Morgan said Thursday he is ready to learn from his mistakes and move on. Morgan found himself embroiled in controversy over a two week stretch in late August which culminated on Sept 1 with an on field brawl at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. League officials lightened Morgan’s suspension to eight games on Thursday afternoon after his appeal, a decision he

Looking at the 2011 Schedule

Earlier this week, Major League Baseball announced the tentative schedule for next season. It reminds me of being at college in the midst of gearing up for finals and papers when the class schedule for the next term would finally come out. I was always so happy to be able to start planning ahead and preparing for the next semester. Yes, I was a bit

Marquis Reflects on 9/11

Nine years ago today, Jason Marquis was scheduled to take the mound in Atlanta against the Phillies. Up early to do some work on his fantasy football team, Marquis watched the first plane fly into the World Trade Center on television. Like many Americans, when the second plane hit the Twin Towers, he frantically began checking with loved ones in the city -- including his

Nats Pay Tribute to 9/11 Victims and Heroes

On Saturday, the Nationals will remember the September 11th attacks in Washington, New York and Pennsylvania with several special events throughout the game. During batting practice, Nationals players wore DC Fire Department caps to honor the emergency personnel who responded to the attacks. In a pregame ceremony, Mike Rizzo and Ivan Rodriguez will be recognized as Honorary Fire Chiefs with a special helmet presentation. Additionally,

Hispanic Heritage Night

I have to admit, I wait for this one all season. It’s like my Christmas in September. I love Hispanic Heritage Night at Nationals Par. The music, the dancing, the PA announcements in Spanish -- it’s a perfect celebration of the Latino influence in baseball. On Friday, the Nationals will honor Hispanic culture, as they do every season during Hispanic Heritage Month, with a pre-game

Vote Nats in Best of 2010

The Metro Express Best of 2010 nominations are out and the Washington Nationals are up for the final vote in several categories including “Best D.C. Team.” Jim Riggleman is also up for “best coach” against Karl Hobbs, Mike Shanahan, Gary Williams and Bruce Boudreau. Ryan Zimmerman and Stephen Strasburg are both on the ballot for “Best D.C. Athlete,” along with Chris Cooley, Alexander Ovechkin and

Nats Honor Roberto Clemente

When Wil Nieves was a youngster playing baseball in Roberto Clemente Sports City, he knew exactly what number he wanted to wear in tribute to his favorite player and his country’s hero. Nieves grew up hearing about Clemente and his many accomplishments, but in that small town on the outskirts of San Juan, Nieves realized that Clemente was so much more than a great athlete.

Willingham Nominated for Roberto Clemente Award

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced the nominees for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award. The Nationals have selected Josh Willingham this season and they will honor his nomination during the ninth annual Roberto Clemente Day on September 8th. The Roberto Clemente Award honors players who best represent the game of baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions to their teams. The award recognizes the

Fan Appreciation Month and New Season Ticket Plans

This September, the Nationals will honor their fans with a month full of special giveaways, prizes and more. During the final home games, fans will be surprised with Nationals merchandise, autographed items from Nationals players including baseballs and lineup cards, tickets to the 2011 Dream Gala, tickets to upcoming home games, sets of Lexus Presidents Club tickets and the use of a suite for the

Hanrahan finds success in Pittsburgh

On Friday evening, former Nationals closer Joel Hanrahan collected his third save of the season by striking out his former teammate and friend, Ryan Zimmerman. “All I was thinking was that I didn’t want to face Adam,” Hanrahan joked on Saturday, but admitted that it’s strange facing some of his good friends and former teammates on the mound. “Between the lines, it’s all about business

Espinosa impresses in first start

In his first major league start, Danny Espinosa showed the organization just a glimpse of his talent and potential. The highly touted September call-up went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs. One of those was a monster home run to deep right field. Bench coach John McLaren, filling in as manager during Jim Riggleman’s suspension, called it a “missile.” It came on a 1-1 pitch

Nats have a big sixth inning

Greetings from Pittsburgh, where the Nationals are attempting to climb out of an early seven run deficit. After putting up four runs in the sixth inning and knocking Pirates’ starter Zach Duke out of the game, they’ve closed the gap to just three runs. September call-up Danny Espinosa put the team ahead with his first major league home run back in the third inning. Dunn,

Road Trip Idea: Pittsburgh

Anybody planning a trip to Pittsburgh for Labor Day to watch the Nationals take on the Pirates at beautiful PNC Park? I know the Racing Presidents are traveling north for the weekend to race those Pittsburgh Pierogies and from talking to many of you, it sounds like NatsTown will be well represented in the ‘Burgh for the series. The trip to Pittsburgh is an easy

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