August 27, 2014

2013 Washington Nationals NatsFest (with fan photos)

“We’re going to the World Series this year.” – Principal Owner Mark Lerner said during a “State of the Nationals” forum for season ticket holders at NatsFest.

The Washington Nationals held NatsFest on Saturday, January 26 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. By all accounts, it sounded like a big success with more than 7,000 fans (per @NationalsPR).

Fans got a chance to see new Nationals Denard Span and Dan Haren as well as several other Nats players and prospects, including Corey Brown, Tyler Clippard, Ian Desmond, Ross Detwiler, Danny Espinosa, Christian Garcia, Gio Gonzalez, Brian Goodwin, Bryce Harper, Nathan Karns, Steve Lombardozzi, Ryan Mattheus, Tyler Moore, Ryan Perry, Anthony Rendon, Will Rhymes, Matt Skole, Drew Storen, Kurt Suzuki, Chad Tracy, Jayson Werth and Jordan Zimmermann.

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo and Mark Lerner, one of the team’s Principal Owners, as well as team broadcasters Bob Carpenter, F.P. Santangelo, Charlie Slowes and Phil Wood were also in attendance.

 

A few quick highlights we received from fans and media.

1. The Nationals unveiled the new fifth racing president – William Howard Taft aka “Bill.” Taft was the first president to throw out a baseball before a game. #27 already has his own Twitter account.

2. Danny Espinosa will play with torn left rotator cuff (non-throwing arm).

3. Danny Espinosa’s Beard. Apparently, Espi hasn’t shaved since October 1 (the day the Nats clinched NL East) and it is extremely bushy. It was the talk of NatsFest among both fans and players. Other players had grown their hair out too. It seems as though Ryan Mattheus felt a little left out…

2013 NatsFest, 1/26/2013: Fans on the radio were missing out on Danny Espinosa's bushy beard (Photo by Lisa Milisa)

2013 NatsFest, 1/26/2013: Fans on the radio were missing out on Danny Espinosa’s bushy beard (Photo by Lisa Milisa)

  The topic of Danny and Jayson’s beards even reached Seattle! Someone send Michael Morse a photo and he tweeted from Mariners fanfest.

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Several of the players tweeted and/or posted Instagram photos during NatsFest and thanked fans.

 

 

Michael Morse may no longer be a National, but he took the time to check in from Mariners FanFest in Seattle on the same day.

THANKS TO FANS WHO SUBMITTED PHOTOS!

2013 NatsFest, 1/26/2013: 2013 Washington Nationals on stage (Photo by Lisa Milisa)

2013 NatsFest, 1/26/2013: 2013 Washington Nationals on stage (Photo by Lisa Milisa)

2013 NatsFest, 1/26/2013: Posing for photos with pitchers Dan Haren and Gio Gonzalez (Photo by Lisa Milisa)

2013 NatsFest, 1/26/2013: Posing for photos with pitchers Dan Haren and Gio Gonzalez (Photo by Lisa Milisa)

2013 NatsFest, 1/26/2013: Tyler Moore signing autographs (Photo by Lisa Milisa)

2013 NatsFest, 1/26/2013: Tyler Moore signing autographs (Photo by Lisa Milisa)

2013 NatsFest, 1/26/2013: Nationals introduced the 5th racing President - #27 William "Bill" Taft (Photo by Lisa Milisa)

2013 NatsFest, 1/26/2013: Nationals introduced the 5th racing President – #27 William “Bill” Taft (Photo by Lisa Milisa)

2013 NatsFest, 1/26/2013: Pitcher Tyler Clippard signing autographs (Photo by Lisa Milisa)

2013 NatsFest, 1/26/2013: Pitcher Tyler Clippard signing autographs (Photo by Lisa Milisa)

2013 NatsFest, 1/26/2013: Pitcher Jordan Zimmermann signing autographs (Photo by Lisa Milisa)

2013 NatsFest, 1/26/2013: Pitcher Jordan Zimmermann signing autographs (Photo by Lisa Milisa)

2013 NatsFest, 1/26/2013: Posing for photos with pitchers Ross Detwiler and Tyler Clippard (Photo by Lisa Milisa)

2013 NatsFest, 1/26/2013: Posing for photos with pitchers Ross Detwiler and Tyler Clippard (Photo by Lisa Milisa)

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