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There were more than 8,400 Nationals fans who packed the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on Saturday afternoon.
And because of them, it was an unforgettable day.
We can’t say “Thank you” enough to those of you who were able to join us, and share in our excitement for the 2014 season.
Here is a small glimpse into the day that was, and with just 17 days remaining until pitchers and catchers report, hopefully this will warm your baseball-loving souls for just a little bit longer.
Welcome to NatsFest!
L-R, Tyler Clippard, Ryan Mattheus, Craig Stammen, Drew Storen
State of the Nationals
L-R, Mark Lerner, one of the Nationals’ Principal Owners, Manager Matt Williams and President of Baseball Operations & GM Mike Rizzo
Photo-station fun with Ryan Mattheus, Tyler Moore and Livan Hernandez
Gio Gonzalez and Ross Detwiler take the stage
Denard Span joins the fun with Gonzalez and Detwiler
Doug Fister and Craig Stammen sign autographs
Jayson Werth and Drew Storen at the Kids’ Press Conference
Honing their skills
Manager Matt Williams chats with fans
“The New Guys” — Doug Fister and Jerry Blevins, along with President of Baseball Operations Mike Rizzo
Jayson Werth signs autographs
Gio Gonzalez takes part in story time
L-R, Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Tyler Clippard play Fields of Fortune
Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper
Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Tyler Clippard
President of Baseball Operations and GM Mike Rizzo at the team sendoff