Washington Nationals News - 2013 Nationals Updates
7/26/13 - After flying high last year, bringing the first baseball postseason action to the nation’s capital since 1933, this year’s edition of the Nationals are struggling mightily under the heavy weight of increased expectations. While outfielder Bryce Harper and starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann have carried their parts of the load, other expected contributions from players such as Adam LaRoche, Gio Gonzalez and Stephen Strasburg have been yet to arrive. Despite struggling to maintain a .500 record, Nats fans continue to have some optimism that their team is just one big win streak away.
4/4/13 – The Washington Nationals opened their season with the hanging of their NL East Championship banner and a three-game series sweep over the Miami Marlins, all in front of a reenergized sea of red. Nats fans have a reason to be excited and full of hope after watching Stephen Strasburg pitch an immaculate game on Opening Day and Bryce Harper hit two solo home runs. Then, RHP Jordan Zimmermann put together a strong starting effort in the final game. The Nationals gave up just 1 run in 3 games, who wouldn’t have a #Natitude? Nationals’ fans anticipation might reach an all-time high while their team hits the road to play the Cincinnati Reds. Not to fret – the team will be back at Nationals Park
to play the Chicago White Sox in five days. Subsequently, they’ll play the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals (who knocked them out of the World Series race last year), and Cincinnati Reds in April. Washington Nationals tickets are the seventh cheapest in MLB this month averaging $41.
It's been a heck of a ride in the nation’s capital since Major League Baseball decamped from Montreal for Washington in 2005 — last year's Nationals, expected to contend for one of the two National League wild card slots in the newly expanded playoffs, instead got hot early in the season and took charge of the East Division to land the city's first postseason games since (would you believe?) 1933. However, while the Nats were widely expected to take care of business against the wild-card Cardinals, instead the tables were turned and the playoff vets from St. Louis prevailed in a five-game Division Series. This year the Nats will have to contend with raised expectations from their fan base, but the two franchise cornerstones — outfielder and 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Bryce Harper; and ace righthander Stephen Strasburg, who will not have the distraction of having to deal with a late-season shutdown this year — are firmly in place, surrounded by one of the strongest starting pitching rotations in all of MLB — Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, and off-season addition Dan Haren — and position players Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman, and Adam LaRoche. Between the Nats and the resurgent Redskins, 2013 looks to be a promising year sports-wise for fans in the Nation's Capital.
Washington Nationals tickets at Nationals Park in DC average $107, the 2nd most expensive MLB tickets this season (behind the Chicago Cubs
). Nats fans not wanting to spend $100 on tickets will find cheap Nationals tickets from $10 at most 2013 home games. On the road, Washington's not as big of a draw, with away game tickets averaging $72.