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From the Nationals:

“The Washington Nationals have agreed to a multi-year contract extension with President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo.

Rizzo, 59, was rewarded with this contract after serving as the architect of the Washington Nationals 2019 World Series Championship. Under Rizzo’s leadership, the Nationals have transformed into one of Major League Baseball’s perennially elite clubs, winning a World Series in 2019, earning four National League East titles (2012, 2014, 2016, 2017) and one Wild Card berth (2019) in the last eight seasons. Read More

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From The Nationals:

“The Phillies and Nationals players have collectively decided to postpone tonight’s game.

We support their decision to use their platform to call attention to the racial and social injustice that continues to exist in our country. We will continue to stand behind our players and those on the front lines working to generate accountability and real change in our society.”

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From the Nationals:

“The Washington Nationals are thrilled to announce that Nats super-fan, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has accepted our invitation to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day, Thursday, July 23.

Dr. Fauci has been a true champion for our country during the Covid-19 pandemic and throughout his distinguished career, so it is only fitting that we honor him as we kick off the 2020 season and defend our World Series Championship title.”

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Yesterday, per The Nationals, Mike Rizzo, president of baseball operations and general manager, issued the following statement:

“Per MLB’s protocol, all players and staff were tested for COVID-19 on Friday, July 3. Seventy-two hours later, we have yet to receive the results of those tests. We cannot have our players and staff work at risk. Therefore, we have cancelled our team workout scheduled for this morning. [Monday]

“We will not sacrifice the health and safety of our players, staff and their families. Without accurate and timely testing it is simply not safe for us to continue with Summer Camp. Major League Baseball needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab. Otherwise, Summer Camp and the 2020 Season are at risk.”

Be that as it may the Nationals also report:

“The Washington Nationals – in conjunction with Major League Baseball – announced their 60-game 2020 schedule on Monday, along with a three-game exhibition slate. The 16th season of Nationals baseball will commence with an Opening Day matchup on ESPN against the New York Yankees at Nationals Park on Thursday, July 23rd at 7:08 p.m. ET. Read More

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10 N Street, SE

“Dear PoPville,

I have recently found out that the Nats will not be selling individual tickets to opening day to the public due to “overwhelming demand”. You can still, however, purchase a multi game plan and get them. Between what they did with World Series tickets and this along with other questionable ticket policies I’ve decided I’m no longer going to play their game. I’ve been to every opening day they’ve ever had and unfortunately this year will come to an end.

That being said, I still plan on gathering with friends for both a 40th B-day party and to watch opening day. The hard part is picking a place that will not only be open at noon or so on Thursday but will also be fun and maybe even serve food. I’ve done a little research but am sort of coming up short. There are a few decent options, but nothing stands out right now. I was wondering if we could crowd source this?”

How about the new Walters right outside the stadium?

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