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“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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From the Nationals:

“The Washington Nationals are now accepting candidates to participate in the annual National Anthem Live Auditions!
All soloists, groups, and instrumentalists are invited to audition for a unique opportunity to perform on the field at Nationals Park.

2020 National Anthem Live Auditions will take place at Nationals Park on Thursday, March 12. To apply, please send an email to [email protected] Please use the subject line “2020 LIVE ANTHEM AUDITIONS” and include the following information: Read More

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Lorie Shaull

Full release from the Nationals:

“The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a seven-year contract with right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg on Monday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Strasburg, 31, went 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA and struck out a career-high 251 batters in 33 starts in 2019. He led the National League in wins (18) and innings pitched (209.0) and ranked among National League pitchers in strikeouts (2nd, 251), opponents’ OPS (4th, .620), opponents’ batting average (5th, .210), strikeouts per 9.0 innings (5th, 10.81), walks and hits per innings pitched (5th, 1.04), opponents’ slugging percentage (6th, .349) and opponents’ on-base percentage (7th, .271).

“We are very excited to welcome Stephen Strasburg and his family back to the Washington Nationals,” said Washington Nationals Managing Principal Owner Mark D. Lerner. “His tremendous talent, work ethic and leadership have been a staple of our organization since the day we selected him in the 2009 MLB Draft. We would not have won the 2019 World Series or accomplished everything we have these last 10 seasons if not for Stephen’s many contributions.” Read More

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From the Nationals:

“The Racing Presidents are an iconic part of every Washington Nationals home game, and it is that time of year again for candidates to get their shot at joining the race.

The Nationals Entertainment department is looking for applicants to “run for office” and tryout for their chance to join the 2020 Racing Presidents. Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

I’m not sure if this is his doppelgänger, but I’m pretty sure Max Scherzer got out of the parade to dance with and take photos with everyone around us. Could put this out to see if anyone can confirm it?”

Ed. Note: Wasn’t Scherzer wearing a blue shirt? I also saw a photo of a Max Scherzer doppelgänger with two brown eyes…

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