The Washington Nationals hosted the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, April 12 for their home opener of the 2012 season. The gates opened early and fans poured into Nationals Park to watch batting practice, visit with old friends and try out new food.
New to the Nats and the National League, Gio Gonzalez impressed fans with his first outing at Nats Park. Gonzalez was the player of the game pitching seven innings with seven strikeouts, no runs, no walks and only two hits allowed. Gio also got his first ever MLB hit and couldn’t stop smiling. It was a fun moment to witness. Despite his quality start, Gonzalez didn’t end up with the win, due to the blown save by Brad Lidge in the ninth inning when the Reds tied it up at two.
The Nats came back to win in the tenth inning with a walkoff wild pitch. Nothing like a little drama to get the heart racing. You can read the full game re-cap here.
Here is a small sampling of our photos from Opening Day 2012. Enjoy.
Cheryl Nichols is a Columnist and Photographer for District Sports Page. She is credentialed to cover the Washington Capitals and has reported on the community service and fan events for Nats News Network and Caps News Network since 2006. Cheryl is an accomplished action photographer and has been published in The Washington Post and many other local media. She was a credentialed photographer for the 2010 season covering the Washington Nationals. You can follow her on Twitter @cnichols14.