On Saturday, September 3, the Nats gave their fans a chance to get up close and personal with the team. Fans stood on the warning track, while players, coaches, and broadcasters walked the field to shake hands, take pictures, and sign memorabilia (even though they weren’t supposed to).
We had a chance to talk to some of the players and shake their hands. Here are a few of the things we said to them.
To Rick Ankiel: “My mom loves you!” “Awesome – tell her I say hi.”
To Ryan Zimmerman: “Hi Ryan!” “…” [As you can see, he waved instead of responding. We forgive him, because he was on his way to talk to the Wounded Warriors.]
To Jonny Gomes: “Can I get a picture of your hair?” “Sure” (turns around) “Can you take off your hat?” “Sorry – gotta keep my costume on.”
To Stephen Strasburg: “I saw you pitch in Syracuse last Saturday – you were great!” “Wow, thanks for coming out.”
Also to Stephen Strasburg: “I like your socks.” (he wears them tall) “…Thanks?”
To Collin Balestar: “Big fan of the ‘stache” “Thanks – I’m thinking of growing it out again” “You should – get it full and powerful”
To Roger Bernadina: “I saw you play last Saturday in Syracuse – that was an amazing home run!” “Really? Thanks!”
If you had a chance to say something to any player, what would you say? Is there anyone you would be/were too nervous to talk to? (Maggie only managed to squeak out “Big fan!” to both Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen).
As always, the full album is here.