September 28, 2014 – On the final day of the 2014 regular season, RHP Jordan Zimmermann tossed the first no-hitter in Washington Nationals’ history (2005-present). He struck out 10 batters while walking just one, a 3-2 pitch that home plate umpire Alan Porter determined was just a bit low. OF Steven Souza Jr.’s diving, over-the-shoulder catch of a line drive off the bat of OF Christian Yelich made the final out of what was certain to be an extra-base hit. In a moment of pure emotion not usually shown by the stoic Zimmermann, he dropped his head, put his hands on his hips and watched as Souza Jr. tracked the ball. To make the catch, Souza Jr. dove backward, almost parallel to the ground and when he landed he reached his glove to the sky.
September 23, 2007 – The 41-year-old RFK Stadium, one-time home to the NFL’s Washington Redskins and the American League’s Washington Senators, hosted its 1,047th and final Major League Baseball game as the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-3. On the final pitch, closer RHP Chad Cordero fittingly struck out former Phillie and current National OF Jayson Werth. When the District’s team moved to Texas to become the Rangers in 1972, the 56,000-seat facility lost baseball until the Montreal Expos arrived in D.C. to become the Nationals in 2005.
September 20, 2012 – RHP Drew Storen struck out the side in order in the ninth to close out the Nationals’ 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers and secured D.C.’s first postseason baseball berth since 1933. LHP Ross Detwiler earned his 10th win, allowing just one run on three hits in 6.0 stellar innings as INF Ryan Zimmerman posted the game-winning RBI via a third-inning double. After the game, the Nationals celebrated their first postseason berth with a private Champagne toast.
The Nationals’ magic number to clinch the 2016 NL East crown currently sits at 5.
September 16, 2014 – With a 3-0 win over the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field, the Washington Nationals clinched the 2014 National League East Division title. INF Ian Desmond’s mammoth two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning provided the Nationals all the cushion they would need to claim their second NL East title in three years. RHP Tanner Roark struck out four over 7.0 shutout innings, while RHP Drew Storen threw seven pitches, all strikes, to close the game out for his seventh save of the season.
Today, the Nationals celebrated a cornerstone of our community, D.C. Chief of Police Cathy Lanier.
Before the team played the Atlanta Braves, the Nationals recognized Lanier’s impact on the city of Washington, D.C. with a farewell celebration during pregame ceremonies. Several members of the Metropolitan Police Department took part in pregame ceremonies, and nearly one hundred police officers took the field to celebrate Lanier’s more than nine years of service as chief of police in Washington.
In a special moment, Chief Lanier handed the ball to Jaydan Stancil to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Jaydan was critically injured as a nine-year-old when he was shot in the head in October 2014. A responding MPD officer drove him to the hospital in his police car, where doctors told his mother he could die within an hour. Jaydan has since made a miraculous recovery, and with Chief Cathy Lanier’s diligence, the alleged shooter has been indicted.
We sincerely thank Chief Lanier for being a valued partner and wish her the best of luck in her next adventure!
Please enjoy photos from today’s event below.
September 5, 2012 – Washington launched six homers, including a pair from OF Bryce Harper, during a 9-1 home win over the Chicago Cubs. The Nationals, who also homered six times the night prior, became the first team in MLB history to hit six or more homers in two straight home games. LHP Gio Gonzalez struck out nine and blanked Chicago for 7.0 innings to run his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 16.0. Gonzalez also matched RHP R.A. Dickey for the Major League lead with 18 wins.
September 2, 2015 – INF Ryan Zimmerman starred in the Nationals’ 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, going 3-for-4 with two home runs, three RBI and two runs scored. Zimmerman’s second home run of the night was the 200th homer of his career, and also coincidentally came on the 10-year anniversary of his first Major League hit. With the homer, Zimmerman became the first Nationals player (2005-pres.) to reach the 200-HR mark exclusively with Washington. He is currently one of just 42 active MLB players to club 200 or more home runs in their career.
September 1, 2005 – With the September roster expansion, INF Ryan Zimmerman was promoted to the majors, becoming the first player drafted and developed exclusively by the Washington Nationals to reach the Major League level. Zimmerman, drafted fourth overall in the first round, was also the first player from his draft class (2005) to reach MLB.
August 30, 2010 – After more than a three hour rain delay, INF Ryan Zimmerman’s three-run home run in the third inning triggered a 9-3 victory for the Nationals against the Marlins in South Florida. The blast broke a left-field electronic scoreboard that was left reading “Sun Life Stadiu” after the “m” was struck by the ball.
Before playing the Rockies on Friday, the Nationals inducted former Washington Senators outfielder Frank Howard into the Ring of Honor at Nationals Park. During the ceremony, Nationals Manager Dusty Baker spoke glowingly about Howard, who was his brother’s favorite player while growing up.
“He’s the most pleasant gentle giant of a man that I know,” Baker said. “Now, I’d hate to upset him because as a kid his name was Big Frank Howard or Hondo.”
Howard is one of the most beloved figures in D.C. baseball history and, to this day, no player representing Washington D.C. has been able to hit more home runs than Howard – a legendary 237.
During his time in Washington, teammates, media and fans alike marveled at Howard’s tape-measure home runs, many of which taunted cavernous D.C. Stadium’s dimensions. As Dusty alluded to, his powerful hits earned him the nicknames “The Capital Punisher,” “The Washington Monument,” and “Hondo.”
Before the ceremony on Friday, we had the pleasure to sit down with someone who knew Howard very well, Brad Eney. Brad orchestrated team travel for the Washington Senators from 1969 to 1971, and attended every Senators game during the 1970 and 1971 seasons. Brad and his wife, Linda, traveled from West Virginia to Nationals Park on Friday to help honor Frank. Brad participated in pregame ceremonies, and proudly watched as Howard was inducted into the Ring of Honor.
Brad on Frank’s incredible size…
“I’ve got a picture of me and Frank [from his playing days]. I was 265 pounds at the time, and he makes me look like a 10-year-old, undernourished kid. This guy was big.”
On Frank’s legendary power…
“We were in Boston and I remember Frank was taking batting practice, and I was in left field shagging flies. He’s bouncing them off the big Green Monster. I [kept thinking] I’m going to catch this one, and then it’s ten feet over my head. You can count the dents in that wall that Frank put in there. It was unbelievable how hard he could hit a ball.”
On Frank’s amazing one-week stretch in the spring of 1968, when he hit 10 home runs in 20 at bats…
“The team had a series in Detroit, and people were just sitting there with their mouths hanging open. Another [home run]. Then another one. Another one.”
On the Senators leaving for Texas in 1971 and the Nationals bringing baseball back to Washington…
“34 years without a ball club in D.C. was heartbreaking. On the final flight before our last series in D.C., I had to get on the PA system and I know I was choking up doing it. This town wasn’t just losing a ball club, I’m losing 40 friends. It was really a sad day. It was amazing when the team came back… we never miss a game on television.”
Thank you to Brad for chatting with us, and congratulations to Frank Howard on his induction into the Ring of Honor!