Our Town, Our Time, Our Park

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Ryan Zimmerman celebrates his walk-off grand slam against the Phillies last year.

Earlier today, the Nationals released Take Back the Park, an initiative designed to get as many Nationals fans in the ballpark for this season’s first home series against the Philadelphia Phillies. With anticipation for the upcoming season at an all-time high, Washington fans have an opportunity to create a true home field advantage here at Nationals Park. That starts today, with a chance to shut Philadelphia fans out of the park for what promises to be another exciting chapter in an already contentious rivalry.

Consider last year. While the Phillies have been dominant in the National League East recently, winning the last five division titles, there was a chink in their armor in 2011. The perennial champs ran into a pesky group from the District that just would not give up. The Nationals won each of the final four series against Philadelphia, including a four-game road sweep in September. In fact, the Nats have won 10 of their last 13 against the Phillies.

Our players have turned the tide on the field of play. Now, it’s time for our fans to do the same. To get you fired up, all next week we’ll take a look back at the top five moments against the Phillies from a thrilling 2011 rivalry series. What are your favorite memories of beating the Phillies in 2011? Check out our top 5 below, then vote for your favorite in the poll below!

Moment #5: A Werth-y Opponent (4/12)

April 12 marked Jayson Werth’s first game against his old team after inking a seven-year deal with the Nationals. He took no time to make his presence felt in the rivalry, taking Joe Blanton deep with a solo shot in the fifth inning en route to a 7-4 victory.

Moment #4: A Team Effort (6/1)

John Lannan out-dueled Roy Oswalt, and the bullpen closed out the game with 3.2 innings of one-hit, shutout relief as Drew Storen closed out a 2-1 win with his 10th save of the season.

Moment #3: Double Dose for Espinosa (5/31)

Cliff Lee surrendered only 18 home runs all season long, but three of them came off the bat of Danny Espinosa, including two in the same game. His second blast, deep over the bullpen and into the left-center field bleachers, provided a signature moment in a 10-2 rout of the former Cy Young Award winner.

Moment #2: Down To The Last Strike (8/21)

With Washington trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth, Ian Desmond fell behind 1-2 before turning around a breaking ball from Antonio Bastardo into the left-field bleachers to send the game into extra innings. Jonny Gomes then took one for the team, as he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the 10th inning, forcing in the game-winning run.

Bonus video: The Walk-Off HBP

Moment #1: Zim, For The Win (8/19)

Trailing 4-2 entering the bottom of the ninth inning, the Nationals scored twice on RBI singles by Jonny Gomes and Ian Desmond, then loaded the bases for Ryan Zimmerman with two outs. Mr. Walk-off came through in epic fashion with a two-out, full count, walk-off grand slam, delivering an 8-4 victory for the Nats.

15 Comments

When the Philly fans were in uproar over the 3rd base ball girl not giving a foul ball to a Phillies fan!

I was at the home game last Sept. when Desmond tied the game in the bottom the 9th with a home run and Jonny Gomes won it for us when he allowed himself to be hit by a pitch(Brad Lidge, now a Nat). It put all those Phans on “mute” big time!
LOVED IT. GO NATS!

The home game when Desmond hit the home run and Gomes was hit by the pitch to win the game was my favorite memory too !! The silence from the Phillies fans was deafening ! Cant wait for the season to start — a few short weeks before “Pitchers and Catcher report” GO NATS!!

Was I the only one, or did Zim’s glance into the dugout remind anyone else of Kevin Costner’s similar gesture when he hit his “dinger” in Bull Durham?

Zim’s walk-off grand slam w 2 outs and 3-2 count. Stuff dreams are made of! And his, “so there!” expression looking into the Nats dugout as he began his triumphant trot around the bases

Yessssir that was my favorite moment of last season. You want plays to happen, let the playmakers go to work!

When the Nats fan group did the seat upgrade. They took the Phillies fans and Nats fans were upset about it but just off screen they had the 4 presidents in a line and put the phillies fans right behind the presidents where they could not see a thing. Nats fans loved it.

I was at this game sitting behind the Nats Bullpen with full sections of Philly fans to the left and the right. Shouted them all down during the game and we hugged it out afterwards. Instructional video on how to handle Philly fans will be coming out this spring.

Let us know you’re coming to Take Back Nats Park! Tinyurl.com/TkBkNatPark
Glad to see Nationals brass take on unruly Phillies Fans!

I was at the game where Zimmerman walked off with the Grand Slam. I was heckling the Phillies all game and when Zimmerman started his trot I went nuts. Some Phillies fan nearby told us we ruined the game, we just cheered harder as they sulked and slinked away. TAKE BACK THE PARK!

Can’t believe Zimmerman Walk Off vs Phils on July 31. 2010 isn’t on this list. Nats were losing when Zimmerman hit a 2 run homer for the win with 2 outs. I know its not a grand slam, but the game wasn’t ties and they would have lost without it!

This list is only Phillies-Nats moments from 2011 (last season).

you nats fans are so cute! glad our phils can give you a moment of baseball fun. see you at CBP South in May :)

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