July 26, 2014

PHOTOS: Washington Nationals Home Opener

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.

Opening Day 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Cincinnati Reds player introductions (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Screech (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Nats player introductions (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Washington Nationals player introductions (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

A moment of silence for Gary Carter (Inducted into the HOF as a Montreal Expo) (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Fly Over on Opening Day (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

J.R. Martinez threw out the ceremonial first pitch (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Lineups for Nats home opener (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Gio Gonzalez pitched 7Ks and no walks! (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Davey Johnson before game (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Roger Bernadina (aka "Shark") (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Chicken Man and now Shark Man! (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Jayson Werth (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Gio Gonzalez couldn't stop smiling after he hit his first MLB hit (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Ian Desmond (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Tom squeaked out the win in the Presidents Race after Teddy tied the three other President's shoelaces together. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Jesus Flores (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Danny Espinosa (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Adam LaRoche hit another RBI (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Nats owner Mark Lerner chatting with John Popper (Blues Traveler) after Popper played "God Bless America" on harmonica during 7th inning stretch. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

NatPack during 7th inning stretch (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Tyler Clippard (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Brad Lidge blew the save (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Wilson Ramos doubled in the 9th inning (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Craig Stammen threw ten pitches and struck out the side in the 10th! (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Ryan Zimmerman was hit by a pitch in 10th which eventually was the winning run. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Nats win on a walkoff wild pitch! Bernadina was at bat and Ryan Zimmerman scored! Love 3B coach Bo Porter jumping in background! (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

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.

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