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Counting down to opening day via Instagram

I’m sure you’re counting down the days until opening day, but if not, let me remind you there are only two more months! That’s right. Just two months until the Nationals begin their season in New York. We took to Instagram yesterday, asking fans to submit their #TBT, “Throwback Thursday,” pictures of their favorite memories from Nats Park. We saw awesome pictures of fans’ experiences,

Weekly Wrap: Two more weeks

Well, now that NatsFest is over, we can officially begin our countdown to the baseball season. First step: Exactly two weeks until pitchers and catchers report. Pretty soon, Dan Kolko will be heading down to Viera, Fla., for spring training, trading in the cold for Florida weather and baseball. I’m not saying I’m jealous of the weather he’ll experience, but I’m also not ruling out

Throwback Thursday: Reaching a career milestone in style

After a slow start and an early stint on the disabled list, Jayson Werth had a year to remember at the plate. He finished the season with a .318 average, but it was one of his 25 home runs that remains the highlight of Werth’s 2013 campaign. On an August evening at Nats Park, Werth stepped to the plate with 999 career hits. A simple

Nationals Chatter: Offseason report card, ESPN commercial and NatsFest wrap up

With NatsFest officially in the books, we are one week closer to spring training. There are still a few weeks left of the offseason, however, and many are still talking about the Nationals. * SI.com’s Jay Jaffe released his offseason report cards for each team in baseball. Jaffe was very impressed with Mike Rizzo’s offseason so far, which includes the hiring of first-year manager Matt

That’s a wrap: One last look at NatsFest

NatsFest on Saturday was a blast. We had so much fun meeting Nationals fans at the MASN booth, where we had photo shoots with players, trivia sessions and prize giveaways. By the time more than 8,400 Nats fans left the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, we had given away signed gear from Gio Gonzalez, Ryan Zimmerman, Denard Span and Drew Storen. We also awarded

Hernandez hoping Nats extend a job offer

Even before his Nationals career was over, Livan Hernandez was talking about how he’d like to return to the organization once he had thrown his last pitch. He wanted to be able to work with young pitchers, impart the knowledge that helped him forge a 17-year major league career, five of those seasons spent in a Washington uniform (and two before that north of the

Any role Nats throw at him is fine for Roark

Whatever the Nationals want him to do is just fine with Tanner Roark. “If they want me to throw one pitch to one guy, I’ll do it,” he said. “Anything to help out the team. It’s a different mindset. Starting, you’ve got four days to prepare yourself. Relieving, you flip that switch right away once you hear that phone ring. Everybody looks back to see

Clippard mum on how he’ll fare in arbitration

If Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard has a sense of how his impending run through the arbitration process will unfold, he’s keeping it close to the vest. “I don’t know, we’ll see how it all plays out,” the veteran right-hander said when asked if he expected to go to an arbitration hearing with the Nats. Clippard has filed for arbitration and, since he wasn’t able to

Rendon knows Williams, still working on footwork at second

Anthony Rendon won’t have to worry about switching between positions in spring training. No more grounders at third base, followed by intensive footwork sessions at second, then back to the hot corner. He goes into camp at the incumbent second baseman and thinks that comfort level will be a plus. “I think that will help me tremendously,” he said at NatsFest. “I think that will

Trade rumors don’t bother determined Storen

Right-hander Drew Storen has had a busy offseason while training in Indianapolis. He’s already thrown off a mound a few times and he’s added about 15 lbs. as a cushion for the expected warmer weather he’ll encounter once the Nationals convene in Viera, Fla., for spring training. Amid all the hard work, he’s again been the subject of trade rumors. At NatsFest, Storen made it

Hairston likes Williams’ approach, how Nats have beefed up bench

For a change, Nationals outfielder Scott Hairston didn’t go into an offseason wondering where he’d be playing the following campaign. He’s got a new manager to get used to, and a new spring training base to acquaint himself with in a couple of weeks, but he knows his team and his role entering the 2014 season. “I think it takes a toll psychologically when you’re

Welcome to NatsFest!

Welcome to NatsFest! The gates were supposed to open for season ticket holders at 10 a.m., but they seem to have gotten a head start and are queuing up at the autograph station already. Guess you can’t keep a good Nats fan down (or out). If you’re one of the throngs of Nationals fans invading the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center today for the annual

Weekly Wrap: Avoiding arbitration and preparing for NatsFest

Who’s ready for NatsFest tomorrow? I am so excited! Tomorrow will mark my first NatsFest, and I can’t wait! After I write this, I’m heading down to D.C. to scout out the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center to scope out the area and start to set up the MASN booth. We’ll have autographed Nats gear, photo opportunities and more to give away, so be

Throwback Thursday: One-hit wonder

With 32 wins and a 3.12 ERA since coming to D.C. in 2012, Gio Gonzalez has proven to be a valuable part of the Nationals rotation. Last September, after throwing a complete game in his previous outing, Gonzalez had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning in New York. With Nats fans on the edge of their seats, the right-hander gave up his first hit

Nationals Chatter: Balfour possibly to D.C., Gonzalez gives back

We hope you’re all recovering from the snowstorm and getting ready for NatsFest! In case you missed it, the Nationals could be looking to add another reliever with extensive closing experience. I know what you’re thinking: “Why would the team add another closer when there are already three options on the team?” Insurance, that’s why. * Last season, Nationals fans everywhere became captivated with the

More information on 2014 NatsFest

Saturday is just a few days away, and it’s officially the week of NatsFest! The event will be held at a new location this year, but Nationals fans can still expect to be treated to question-and-answer sessions with players, photo sessions with your favorite Nats, live demonstrations, games and more. From 11 a.m.-3 p.m., (season ticket holders get in an hour early at 10 a.m.,)

Weekly Wrap: Early moves make for slow start to 2014

Nationals fans: You’ve had plenty to be pleased with this offseason. While other major league rosters and rotations are still completely up in the air, the Nats have been receiving national praise for their offseason moves, most of which came very early in the offseason. As we look toward NatsFest (Look for me at the MASN booth!), at which many players will make an appearance,

Throwback Thursday: A memorable return from the DL

After missing 31 games because of injury, Bryce Harper made his return on July 1, 2013 at home against the Brewers. As he approached home plate for his first at-bat, D.C. fans gave Harper a standing ovation. Just as fans sat back down, Harper gave them a reason to return to their feet. On a 1-0 count in his first at-bat in 36 days, Harper

Nationals Chatter: Gonzalez honored, trio of Nats model for Team USA

While most of the sporting news in the D.C. area was focused on the Redskins’ new coach, life still went on with the Nationals. Congratulations to Jay Gruden on the new gig. Really, I’m happy for you, but we’re here to talk baseball. And by baseball, I mean no Alex Rodriguez conversations. He’s banned from this entry. We’re talking good, clean topics this week. See

Former National Alex Cora thriving in role as winter league GM

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico - Thirty minutes before first pitch at Estadio Yldefonso Sola Morales, Alex Cora is working the rail at the home dugout on the third base side like it’s a receiving line at a wedding reception. He stops and greets every player on Los Criollos de Caguas, shaking hands, slapping palms and offering encouragement. If not for the fact that he’s in a

Weekly Wrap: Is it spring training yet?

It seems as if I have been asking myself if it’s baseball season almost every day this offseason. Since the Nationals took care of filling the holes on their roster early, this past month has seemed even more slow-paced than the rest of the offseason. But now, instead of me rumbling and grumbling about how far away baseball is, we can officially count down the

Throwback Thursday: A mid-game grooming session

Normally we use our Throwback Thursday segment to relive a great play from 2013, but this week, we’re throwin’ it back to a moment that was memorable for a different reason. On a summer evening against the Phillies, Ian Desmond went to the plate in the first inning and grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. When he came up for his next at bat, Bob

Bryce Harper named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30”

For the third straight year, Forbes has compiled its list of the top “30 Under 30,” highlighting some of the best names in 15 different fields, such as art, education, technology and sports. This year, 21-year-old Bryce Harper found himself on the list of the top names in sports, along with other well-known names such as tennis star Maria Sharapova and the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby.

Nationals Chatter: Harper bulks up, Stammen goes back to school

Most people kick off the New Year vowing to lose weight. Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper wants to gain weight. Don’t panic, it’s purely muscle. But Harper sparked national debate among media outlets over his desirable target weight. Last Friday, ESPN ran a story with a quote from Harper saying he wanted to get “as big as a house.” As Dan Kolko explained on Saturday,

Weekly Wrap: Charging into 2014

Happy New Year, Nats nation. With 2013 gone and 2014 under way, we can now officially start counting down the days until opening day, right? While we’re still a few more months away from baseball in D.C., the Nationals answered many questions very early in the offseason, acquiring Doug Fister, signing Nate McLouth and more. So, while my 2014 started off with a bang, we

Throwback Thursday: Bringing excitement into the new year

Now that 2014 is underway, opening day seems so close, yet so far away. The Nationals appear to be done with their major offseason moves, leaving fans with reason to anticipate the beginning of another baseball season in D.C. This week, in case you weren’t pumped up enough for the upcoming season, we’re throwin’ it back to the most exciting play from 2013. I’m sure

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