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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, champions of the National League East in 2016 and 2017, return to action on a mission to bring a title to DC. Throughout the spring and summer, Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer and Trea Turner will look to propel the Nats toward their first World Series title. Baseball is a big reason to catch a game, but it’s not the only one.

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 An Exciting Schedule

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The Washington Nationals’ schedule delivers top-notch baseball matchups, including series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the 2017 National League pennant winners, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox during the Fourth of July. The Nats close out the 2018 home schedule against divisional foes the New York Mets and Miami Marlins.

3 Strikeouts for Days

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The Nationals have some of the most exciting pitchers in Major League Baseball, including back-to-back NL Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer, who struck out 268 batters last season. Add in the electric Stephen Strasburg, and you’ve got one of the best one-two punches in the game.

4 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. Fill up on Greek-inspired eats at Kapnos at the Park; 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 Taste of the Majors for food inspiration from other MLB teams. Check out our full guide of where to eat and drink at Nationals Park.

5 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.

6 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 2018), 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.

7 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.

8 Fancy Hair

Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals - Reasons to attend a baseball game in Washington, DC

Former MVP Bryce Harper might be best known for his big bat, which he regularly uses to crush homers into Capitol Riverfront. But the outfielder is also known for his loud, stylish hairstyles. Sure, he’ll be wearing a hat most of the game, but there’s a chance you’ll glimpse something you can have your barber try on you.

9 They’re Back-to-Back Division Champs

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Best of all, the Washington Nationals are one of the most exciting baseball teams in the game. If you catch a Beltway series against the Baltimore Orioles, a rivalry game against the Philadelphia Phillies or any other team in the MLB, you’re guaranteed one amazing baseball outing.

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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.