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9 Reasons to Catch a Washington Nationals Baseball Game

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An action-packed schedule, exclusive ticket discounts, home runs and Racing Presidents add up to one exciting baseball experience in the District.

The Washington Nationals, who have won four National League East titles since 2012, return to action on a mission to bring a title to DC. Throughout the spring and summer, Anthony Rendon, Juan Soto, Max Scherzer and Trea Turner will look to propel the Nats toward their first World Series title. The sheer joy of watching pro baseball players compete is a big reason to catch a game, but it’s not the only one.

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1 Exclusive Nationals ticket discounts

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Get an exclusive discount and save big on Washington Nationals tickets. Just go to the single game tickets page, select the game you wish to attend and enter the promotional code VISITDC to experience one of baseball’s most exciting teams in action.

2 Washington has one of the most successful organizations in baseball

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Since 2012, the Nationals have compiled a .561 winning percentage, winning four National League East titles and becoming one of Major League Baseball’s most consistently successful franchises. While the ultimate prize, a World Series title, has alluded the Nats, they will again field a team that has a chance to compete in October.

3 A (still) star-studded lineup

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Even with the departure of Bryce Harper, the Nationals are still one of the best teams in the National League. With young phenom outfielder Juan Soto, sensational third baseman Anthony Rendon, speedy shortstop Trea Turner and franchise legend Ryan Zimmerman, the Nats still sport what could be devastating lineup.

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4 Strikeouts for days

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The Nationals have some of the most exciting pitchers in Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer, who struck out 300 batters last season. Add in the electric Stephen Strasburg and newly acquired left-hander Patrick Corbin, and you’ve got one of baseball’s best pitching staffs.

5 An exciting schedule

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The Washington Nationals’ schedule delivers top-notch matchups, including an early season series (April 2-3) against the Philadelphia Phillies, who now employ former Nationals star Bryce Harper. In addition to other intense divisional battles against last year’s National League East winners, the Atlanta Braves, and the improved New York Mets, the Nats will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers, the National League champions in 2017 and ’18 (July 26-28) and their crosstown rivals, the Baltimore Orioles (Aug. 27-28). As always, Nationals Park will host an 11:05 a.m. game on July 4. This year’s opponent will be the Miami Marlins.

Note that backpacks and bags that exceed 16"x16"x8"are now prohibited inside Nationals Park. Make sure to read the full Nationals bag policy before heading to the game.

6 Amazing food

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DC is officially a culinary capital, receiving the Michelin Guide treatment the last two years. We’ll go one better and say Nationals Park is the best ballpark for food in the MLB. Down a Ben’s Chili Bowl half-smoke, DC’s signature take on a hot dog, inhale a burger and shake from Shake Shack or try plenty of other delicious bites. Check out our full guide of where to eat and drink at Nationals Park.

7 The Racing Presidents

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Held in the middle of the fourth inning, the Presidents Race features a footrace with Mount Rushmore all-stars Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and the oft luckless Teddy Roosevelt.

8 Kids run the bases for free, Pups in the Park and more promotions

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The Nats have a robust promotions schedule featuring exciting events for the whole family. Bring your canine to Pups in the Park (taking place six times in 2019), or catch a Sunday regular season home game where kids between the ages of 4 and 12 can run the bases for free. The details: each child must be accompanied by an adult, participants must exit the ballpark through the Right Field Gate, the line forms outside of the park on the sidewalk along First Street starting in the seventh inning.

9 The Capitol Riverfront neighborhood

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Nationals Park was built along the Anacostia River, and is situated within the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. There’s lots to do before and after games in the area, from kayaking at the Ballpark Boathouse to sipping suds from Bluejacket Brewery and vino at District Winery to walking through The Yards Park with two scoops from Ice Cream Jubilee.

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Don't forget to score one of the hottest tickets in town with an exclusive discount. Just go to the single game tickets page, select the game you wish to attend and enter the promotional code VISITDC.