Nats Manager Dave Martinez Says He Won’t Require His Players to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

But he intends to receive it once it's available.

When the opportunity to get the COVID-19 vaccine reaches the Washington Nationals, expect manager Dave Martinez to be in line. In a video conference call with reporters on Tuesday, Martinez said that he will “definitely be on that waiting list and welcome” the vaccine. D.C. received its first shipment of the vaccine on Monday. Those […]

The Night the Nationals Won the World Series

Catching up with Nats superfan Jason Turner, who went viral for sliding across the Nationals dugout in celebration one year ago.

At 11:50 p.m. exactly one year ago, I was standing in the rain-soaked field at Nationals Park near the dugout with my cell phone camera trained on the dozens of anxious fans in front of me. One more strike by pitcher Daniel Hudson would mean a World Series title for the Washington Nationals. I remember […]

With Disappointing Season Over, the Nationals Face an Offseason of Change

Getting through the bizarre MLB season and playing in empty stadiums has made players like Sean Doolittle appreciate what the team accomplished last year even more.

In his final Zoom video conference call with reporters on Sunday, Sean Doolittle spoke about his four seasons with the Washington Nationals mostly in the past tense. He paused before answering questions, offering thoughtful and reflective responses as he sat in his rental house in front of an iPad placed on top of a pizza […]

The Nats Play On as MLB Fails to Contain Coronavirus Cases

Baseball is back, but coronavirus never went away.

Tuesday evening started off as an ideal night to attend a baseball game at Nationals Park. By the time Patrick Corbin threw his first pitch at 7:09 p.m. against the New York Mets, the temperature was a warm but comfortable-for-D.C. 82 degrees with a slight Northeast wind. Shade covered the majority of the 41,000 blue […]

We’re Starting to See the Impact of Mamie Johnson Little League’s Historic D.C. Championship

Two years ago its 12-and-under all-star squad made national headlines for becoming the first majority Black team to win the D.C. Little League championships.

Baseball didn’t really appeal to Julian McPherson. Growing up in Southeast D.C, he played T-ball for a year, but like many other kids in his neighborhood, he preferred basketball and football. When his parents registered McPherson and his younger brother, Jonah, for programs at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy near their home in Fort […]