Week of Thanks

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As we prepare to gather with friends and family next week to celebrate Thanksgiving, this time of year provides a natural forum for personal reflection. We here at the Washington Nationals have been doing just that recently – thinking of all we have to be thankful for this holiday season – as we continue the countdown to Opening Day 2014.

Over the course of the next week, we plan to share some of the reasons we are thankful, with stories about the people and organizations that have made a truly meaningful impact in our community.

And, in the spirit of the season, we’re asking you to do the same.

Tell us what you’re thankful for this Thanksgiving and be entered to win a chance to take your family’s holiday photo on the field at Nationals Park!

All you have to do is let us know who or what you’re thankful for, and why, in the comment section below. Please keep your entry under 150 words, and be sure to check back to see what your fellow Nationals fans are thankful for this year.

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What we’re thankful for this year:

USO Metropolitan Washington

Children’s National Medical Center

DC Public Schools

Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team

Food and Friends

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

Kyle’s Kamp

Fans

63 Comments

I am thankful for a wonderful family, great friends, a job, freedom and the ability to root for the NATS!

Im thankful for my health, happiness family and friends.. Im also thankful that the Nationals will win the NL East next year. Nat Power baby!

I am thankful for my husband for working hard to support our family! My children for giving me a reason to smile when things are rough! And my Nats for giving me hope of a terrific baseball season this year! Taking family photo on field would be a dream come true for all of us!

I am thankful this Holiday Season that God’s Blessings are new everyday for me and my family …even through difficult times. I was laid off Nov 15th with only 3 days notice but this does not dampen my spirit nor my hope. My hope this Thanksgiving is that everyone in AMERICA realizes that they too are truly blessed to live in this country where no matter your background,…….. if you have the will, you can be successful!!

I am Thankful that my 89 year old Father who was an usher at Griffith and DC/RFK Stadium has a hometown baseball team to cheer for and that he is still able to go to games with his daughters!

Terri’s comment tugs at my heartstrings. How can that NOT be a photo op? A father & his daughters!

I am thankful for my family and freedom. We took our son to his first professional ball game this year to see the Nationals and ever since then he has been consumed with all things baseball and I’m so thankful to see his excitement for the game grow.

I am thankful for God’s grace, my family’s love and my friends’ support.

I am thankful that my husband is home from deployment to enjoy the holidays with myself and our 3 children that are crazy about him!! Most of all I am thankful for our health, hapiness and love year round! (Also very thankful that we will be able to make it to a few Nats games next season, watching just wasn’t the same this year when he was away).

I am thankful to have a sports team, and a sport, that can unify this town on the basis of athleticism, smarts, and joy in them both.

I am thankful for my beautiful wife, two year old son Tyler and all the wonderful memories we have made at Nationals Park. Our favorite thing to do is pile up in the van, pick up my parents and head down to the park. We were lucky enough to see Ryan Zimmerman’s walk-off grand slam against the Phillies after a two hour rain delay, Edwin Jackson complete game, Werth’s game NLDS Game 4 walk-off HR and 2012 opening day. We have taken our son to every game we go to and look forward to taking on soon to be born second son with us as well.

Oh, and we got the name Tyler while sitting in the stands watching Clippard pitch. We have bought Tyler autographed balls from Clippard and Moore.

I am grateful for having a wonderful, loving and supportive husband and children…And I am so very Thankful for the fact that when my favorite all time baseball player, Jayson Werth decided to leave the Phillies and sign with another club, that he signed with the Washington Nationals. This enabled me to continue to support him and his new team and discover all the wonders of the beautiful and awesome District of Columbia. I have gained a whole new respect for our nations capital and my admiration for Jayson has continued to grow, along with becoming a fan of the Nationals as a club. I am also grateful that I have my health to enable me to travel down to enjoy some great baseball a couple times a season. I’m a happy girl!

My wife and I are thankful that we are expecting our first child (a baby boy) in February. Cant wait for us to go to a game as a family next season!

I am thankful for a special time to enjoy my family and talk about the greatest game on earth – Nats baseball!

This year, I am thankful for:
Family
Friends
Rain Delays that turned into Dance Parties
Curly W’s
A community united despite tragedy
Hugs
Kisses
Tears
Freedom
Sharing Memories of Loved Ones Departed too Soon
Our new home beckoning with excitement; our old home bidding adieu with memories to last a lifetime
Heroes that give of their time to serve our soldiers, sailors, airmen and veterans
Friends who invite us to join in the celebration of those heroes
An entire ballpark singing the National Anthem as one voice
Online screen names that blossomed into real life friendships
The opportunity to raise two little Nats Fans with tender hearts who have endless possibilities before them as they grow into young women, ready to face the world, with a love of people tucked inside to guide them through (and a love of baseball carried along the way)
The amazing adventure yet to come

I am thankful for my amazing husband who works hard to support our family so I can be a stay at home mom. My 19 month old son who helps me see the joys in the little things in life. My baby I haven’t met yet due next May who will complete our family. And my dear Nationals who I love so much!! This would be a dream come true!

I am thankful for my wonderful family that is supporting me as I attend my first year at JMU. They have reared me up until this point and now as I go off on this point by myself it great to know that they are still there right behind me. Oh and my dog is honestly the best dog in the world, could not have asked for a better one. Some of my best memories with my family took place as all the stadiums and areas for DC sports.

I am thankful for my family and friends who are always there for me. I am also thankful to have a roof over my head and have a job after being unemployed for 3 months. On top of it I am thankful for my horse who brings a smile to my face and my brand new 2 golden retiever puppies ;)

I am so grateful to have love in my life. Love of family, friends, and baseball. “How can you not be romantic about baseball?” You and me, Nats. Till death do us part.

I am thankful for my family. I am thankful for my 4 wonderful kids. I am also especially thankful this year as it is approaching 1 year since my daughter had a dangerous infection in her knee and the entire staff at Chidrens National Medical Center cared for her around the clock for 6 days. They were proactive and worked to find out how to treat her. She was not always a fun patient. She was 3 years old and very scared of what came next. They were the most supportive group of people I have ever met. Right down to the maintence and cleaning staff. This year I would like the staff at Childrens to know they mean the world to my entire family. And we will be forever greatful and thankful.

I’m thankful for all the family and friends that I have. Also for the #Nationals playing hard everygame to make us the fans happy!

Nothing makes me happier and more thankful than seeing the people I love most happy, healthy, and enjoying life. I have a husband who is more passionate about baseball than anyone I know. When the Nationals season was over this fall, he turned to me and said, “So what do I do now?” A moment of sadness, loss, and confusion took him over. All I could do was smile and hug him knowing the end of baseball season was like loosing a little piece of his soul. It truly is so much more than a game for him. Although football and hockey will do, nothing is better than the start of the season and the smile on his face.

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There are not enough words to tell you what I am thankful for every day — I am a lucky woman to have a husband of almost 40 years (39 and counting), a daughter with a big heart who works diligently to improve peoples’ lives, wonderful family, especially my two sisters who are my soul mates in so many ways, and most of all I am thankful for having had the love and support of two parents, gone now, who made the world a better place every day they were in it. (And to be completely honest, I am equally grateful to have baseball here in DC after so many long and terrible years of being forced to pretend to like the Orioles!)

I am thankful everyday that I wake up to 3 beautiful healthy daughters and a husband who makes me feel like a princess. I don’t know how I became so lucky. I am truly blessed! #GO NATS!!!!

I’m grateful that life has given me the opportunity to live with my 83 year old father in his later years. My mom passed away in December of 2011, so now dad and I watch Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy together in her honor before tuning into whatever sporting event is on for the evening. Of course, all summer that means Nats’ baseball! We even went to spring training last year! He was a three varsity letterman (baseball, football, basketball) and always knows ALL the rules/calls! He even beats the announcers out with color commentary. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War and loves music, so the National Anthem is always cause for singing. I’m thankful for my sister and her two boys, and that dad will sometimes foot the bill so the 4 of us can trek the hour or more into the city to see a Nats’ game in person. (I think he just gets sick of my jumping up and down and wants some peace and quiet! LOL) Thanks, Nats, for being a source of joy, communication, education, entertainment, and a way to bond with my dad. <3

I am thankful for my family of course and that I have a seven year old that loves the nationals,sometimes more than me I believe. And that he knows all players by name and number. I’m thankful since coming from military family for troops and what they do. Most of all, well second to my lovin wife who puts up with me during baseball season, I’m grateful nats drafted Harper. So please pick us and I’ll be thankful for that too!!! GO NATS!!

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I am very thankful for the things that I have – my wonderful family, friends, a nice home, food on the table, my health, and baseball in Washington, I am blessed!!!!

I am thankful for my family…my wife and two awesome kids. I am thankful for a good job, our home and food in the refrigerator everyday. I am thankful for good health, amazing friends and the best extended family. I am also thankful for baseball which has been a huge part of my life and now is part of my daughters, all because of the Nationals.

I am thankful. Happy Thanksgiving.

I’m thankful that I’ve had 3 “clean” checkups in a row – one more and I’m considered cancer-free!

Congrats Julie H! That’s truly something to be thankful for! :)

I’m thankful for heat on a cold autumn morning & for the sound of my children’s laughter as we build memories together. <3

I am thankful for my recovery from a stroke, which I suffered 51 weeks ago today!

I am thankful to be part of a large, loving family. My parents recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. My husband & I have been married for 37 years. I have 5 younger siblings & numerous nieces & nephews. We are spread across this beautiful country that is protected by our wonderful military, but one thing we all have in common is baseball. We may cheer for different teams, but the game itself is magic! When you walk through the gate at a baseball stadium, all your worries stay outside. A feeling of euphoria envelopes you & you’re free from troubles.
Baseball can put a smile on your face and a song in your heart regardless of what’s going on in you life. I am so thankful for that!

Congratulations Joy, you are our winner! Please send an email to curlyw@nationals.com to make arrangements to take your holiday photo.

I am thankful to have made it back from deployment in one piece. Even though i have no more family in dc, i am thankful for having great friends being in one of the best cities around. Go nats.

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I am thankful for my parents for showing me tough love as a child. Went from jail, street life To finally being the man I am suppose to be. 13 years after my parents passed I have a beautiful wife and kid, a home a job that my parents would be proud of. And till this day I am still saying thank you

I am thankful for my amazing boyfriend, who loves Nationals baseball and has sponsored dozens of men in Alcoholics Anonymous. He has helped so many people change their lives by sharing his story and always being there when they need a helping hand. He uses his season tickets to take them to games and show them how much fun they can have while staying on track. I am thankful everyday that a man this gracious is in my life.

I am thankful for my 1-year-old son. That I can share a love of baseball with and collect cards together. And to raise a new generation of Nationals fans.

I’m thankful for all the things I have to have. A family that I adore, a job that puts a roof over my head and food in my pantry, dear friends, and good health. I’m thankful that I have these things, because having them allows me to enjoy the things that are nice to have; baseball, bike rides, and just enjoying some fun with all of the above.

I am thankful for my two beautiful daughters and family. I am thankful for all God has blessed me with and continue to bless me with each and everyday; family, health, shelter, and job. I am thankful for all the things I get to do; going to my Nats game, going to my Caps game, travel and everything! Thanks to all our military for all they do!!

I am extremely thankful for all my doctors, physical therapist, athletic trainers, and of course Dr. Jobe for giving me the chance to play baseball again after my Tommy John surgery. Next stop, the MLB draft!

I am thankful for my friends and family. Without them I don’t know who or where I’d be in life. I am also thankful for my wonderful neighbors who unfortunately moved away. They were a second family to me and their two boys always made my days a little bit brighter. Seeing their smiles everyday is what I looked forward to the most. And of course I’m thankful for the Nats! They’re the reason I love baseball so much.

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I am so thankful for the organ donor and her family that gave my daughter, Rachel, and several others the gift of life 13 years ago. I am thankful for the successes we have had when facing challenges, as it has made us a stronger family – a family I am very thankful for. The Nationals are something we enjoy together, from the roadtrip from NJ to trying to get autographs. We are lucky because not all families can come together with a common interest. The team is very kind and I am thankful they are able to make Rachel so happy when she sees them!

I am thankful for each day I have with my family. I am privileged to watch my daughters grow up to beautiful, strong and brave young women. My older daughter, who is in college, is pursuing her dreams to become an animator – she’s getting straight A’s in her first semester and is a collegiate athlete playing softball. My younger daughter who is in her last year of middle school is also an athlete and making A’s and B’s in school. They both make me proud each day. I am also thankful for my mother. She lives with us and gives so much of her time and help to make our lives easier. I am thankful for my husband who serves and protects the community each day as a police officer. For these reasons and many more than I could name, I am thankful.

My family and I are thankful to have the Nationals baseball team that exemplifies what a sport is all about. . Every year since the death of my husband we have attended a Nationals game in his memory. From the person who helps me obtain tickets, to the gracious ushers, to the sales clerks who are willing to show me every shirt in the store, to Julie A who put my family on twitter, to Johnny Holiday who patiently let me have my picture taken with him–no organization would be more gracious and accommodating. We may come with tears in our eyes but we leave with a smile on our faces. Thank you
Nats.

I am thankful for my family’s health and for all the blessings we receive each day. I feel blessed that I’m able to attend Nationals games and hope that MLB and the Nationals continue to make attending America’s pastime as accessible as possible for those who are less fortunate. Let’s keep baseball accessible to the youth and those underprivileged individuals so that they too can go out to the ballpark and experience this game called baseball.

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Im so thankful to live close to nats park. It’s somewhere all of my family comes together to enjoy each other and a good ball game! Thanks for keeping my family together :)

I’m thankful for my friends and family, my health, and my ability to help provide for my family. Even though times have been especially tough the past year, my husband and I have been blessed with those things that make life so much more enjoyable, including the ability to attend Nationals games. It means so much to us to spend that time together, not stressing about work or school or anything else. I’m also thankful that we get to share our time at Nationals Park with the team and 42,000 of the best fans in baseball!

I am thankful for a healthy life, a wonderful family and friends and a good home. Without them I wouldn’t have the several opportunities at things life offers. I am also thankful how technology has changed over the years as I am able to keep up with our Nats, doctors are able to many more things in science, and children have more resources to learn in school. And for our military who protects us and does a great service to this country so we can live safely and be able to watch the great game of baseball

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I’m thankful to have baseball in DC after growing up in a city without a team, and for an ownership group who implemented the right kind of rebuilding plan rather than trying to buy a championship.

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I, like most everybody am thankful for my family, friends, and the opportunity to wake up this morning. I am also thankful for the Nationals organization for recognizing our military at every opportunity you get! And this year I am very thankful y’all and Bryce Harper shared the touching story of Gavin Rupp! I personally think you should choose the Rupp family to have their family photo taken at Nats Park!

I think Stefanie Jo Mansfield has a wonderful idea. A Rupp Family photo at Nats Park would be wonderful. It’s a great gift for them, and the fans would love it too!

I am thankful for my family, and the great memories we have made with the Nationals this year. We were fortunate to see a Spring Training Game and Opening Day. Our seven year old son was thrilled to attend Nats Camp, and we introduced our German Au Pair to American baseball. Thank you Nationals, for being a part of our family in 2013!

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Im thankful for the Nationals. For giving me a place to come and take my mind off everything else. The park is like my second home. I love you guys.

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