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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 four National League East titles, five postseason appearances and a World Series championship since 2012, set out to defend their 2019 title and live up to DC's recent re-branding as "District of Champions." Throughout the spring and summer, fans can watch 21-year-old phenom Juan Soto launch balls over the fence and a staff of aces that includes Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg send opposing hitters back to the dugout. 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 A championship season = A championship experience

2019 World Series Champions
The Nats open their 2020 home schedule with the rival New Mets in town from April 2-6. The Metropolitans will bear witness as DC hoists its World Series championship banner, doles out its World Series championship rings and invites fans to bask in the glory of last season’s title run. Make sure to grab your championship team apparel before attending a game at any of the Nationals Team store locations.

2 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.

3 It ain't over until it's over

Washington Nationals Parade Bus
The 2019 
Nationals will reside in history books as one of the greatest comeback teams not only in the history of Major League Baseball, but North American sports as a whole. Not only did they overcome a 19-31 start to clinch a playoff berth and eventually capture the franchise’s first World Series title, the team did so with countless dramatic moments along the way. No team in MLB, NBA, NFL or NHL history had ever trailed in four elimination games and come back to win all four en route to a championship. The 2019 Nats did it five times. Not too shabby! Prepare for another riveting season in 2020.

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4 Strikeouts for days

Max Scherzer
The 2019 World Series champions boasted one of the best starting rotations in the history of baseball and we've got good news: the top four starters remain the same in 2020. Last year, three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg and two-time All-Star Patrick Corbin combined for an MLB-record 739 strikeouts. No rotation in MLB history had ever featured three pitchers with at least 225 strikeouts each. And don't forget about Anibal Sanchez, who took a no-hitter into the eighth inning of Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. These dudes can pitch.

5 An exciting schedule

2020 Wild Card Game at Nationals Park
The Washington Nationals’ schedule delivers top-notch matchups, including early season series against the Los Angeles Dodgers — the dragon the Nats slayed to escape the National League Division Series in October — and the Chicago Cubs. And if you thought the National Mall’s Independence Day fireworks display was something to behold, wait until you see the sparks fly when last season’s runner-up Houston Astros come to DC with former Nats skipper Dusty Baker at the helm.

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

Family eating at Washington Nationals game - Where to eat and drink at Nationals Park

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

Racing Presidents at Washington Nationals baseball game - Things to do this spring and summer in Washington, DC

Held in the middle of the fourth inning, the GEICO 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

Screech at Nationals Park

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 2020), 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

Bluejacket Brewery on the Capitol Riverfront - Brewery and Restaurant in Washington, DC

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.