The Nationals just introduced their 2011 roster a couple minutes ago, trotting their starting lineup out of the bullpen amidst flames shot from a cannon and dry ice that the University of Miami would have loved. Introduced by HBO sports analyst (and Nationals minority owner) James Brown, Jayson Werth got a nice ovation from a half-full Nationals Park, but Ryan Zimmerman got the biggest reception from the crowd.
One odd thing, it seemed, was the time the Nationals started introductions; festivities kicked off almost a full half-hour before the first pitch, well before many fans entered the ballpark. Maybe I'm wrong on this, but if you come to opening day, isn't that one of the big things you want to see? There's plenty else to do on opening day, but to me, seeing the whole team introduced is a biggie.
The U.S. Navy Band just played "America the Beautiful" and the national anthem, and I believe we're supposed to get a fan address from general manager Mike Rizzo before first pitch. Stay tuned.