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Welp, not looking good. ESPN reports:

“The San Diego Padres have agreed to a deal to acquire superstar outfielder Juan Soto and first baseman Josh Bell from the Washington Nationals, sources told ESPN on Tuesday.

Soto has been informed that he’s being traded to the Padres, a source told ESPN.”

Full release from the Nationals:

“The Washington Nationals have acquired top prospects shortstop C.J. Abrams, left-handed pitcher MacKenzie Gore, outfielder Robert Hassell III, outfielder James Wood and right-handed pitcher Jarlin Susana as well as Major League first baseman/designated hitter Luke Voit from the San Diego Padres in exchange for outfielder Juan Soto and first baseman Josh Bell on Tuesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Read More

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Yesterday AlertDC reported: ” US Air Force reports a flyover in the NCR consisting of two (2) military aircrafts at National Park on Thursday, April 7th, 2022 at 3:59PM.”

The Nats confirmed “Flyover by the 113th Wing, 121st Fighter Squadron from the D.C. Air National Guard, in F-16 Jets”

Since the game was pushed back to 7:05pm, presumably this will now occur at 6:59. Anyway if you see/hear some fighter jets later, this is why.

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From the Nationals:

STREAMLINED BALLPARK ENTRY

The Washington Nationals have updated entry procedures to streamline access to Nationals Park.
Ballpark gates open 90 minutes prior to first pitch, and parking garages open 2.5 hours prior to first pitch.
New Technology

Fans will enjoy expedited entry with the implementation of CEIA OPENGATETM technology at all entrances.

Fans entering the ballpark no longer need to remove keys and wallets from their pockets or have their bags searched, but instead will walk through the screening system in a single file line before presenting their tickets. Read More

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79 Potomac Ave, SE photo by Maggie Dougherty

From an email:

“All-Purpose’s plans for Nats Opening Day –

The Riverfront location will open at noon on April 7 with the annual release of their DC Brau collab Full Count, a low abv American Light Lager made for easy drinking and available exclusively at All-Purpose. For the 5th anniversary of the collab, pints of Full Count will be just $5 before the game.”


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And at Salt Line: Read More

From the Nationals:

“Spring in Washington D.C. means two things: baseball and cherry blossoms.

The Washington Nationals are proud to combine these two iconic features, today revealing the club’s cherry blossom-themed City Connect uniforms. The Nationals are the first of seven clubs participating in this year’s Nike MLB City Connect Series.

Designed in partnership with Nike, the uniform’s creative elements weave a powerful connection between the team and the region it represents. The architectural typeface represents the city’s strength, while the tonal floral toile is a symbol of its beauty. The pink and ivory color palette, which evokes the feeling of spring in D.C., is set against a dark anthracite background. Cherry blossom petals and branches, as well as the city flag, are prominently displayed, showcasing the pride the Nationals have for their hometown. Read More

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photo of Doolittle in glasses (left of Kendrick with trophy) by Jim Havard

The good news is official!! From the Nats:

“The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a one-year contract with left-handed pitcher Sean Doolittle and placed right-handed pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day Injured List with a right elbow burn spur removal on Wednesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Doolittle, 35, returns to the Nationals where he recorded 75 saves and a 3.03 ERA in 147 games across parts of four seasons (2017-20) in Washington. A National League All-Star in 2018 and a World Series Champion in 2019, Doolittle’s 75 saves as a National are tied for eighth-most in a career in Nationals history (2005-pres.). Read More

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From the Nationals:

“BetMGM and the Washington Nationals announced the opening of the first retail sportsbook connected to a Major League Baseball stadium. The BetMGM Sportsbook at Nationals Park is open year-round, providing sports fans an innovative entertainment destination to watch and wager on games. Read More

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