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9 Exciting Ways to Engage with Baseball in Washington, DC

Washington Nationals game at Nationals Park - Baseball in Washington, DC

Celebrate various aspects of the national pastime in the nation’s capital in the lead-up to the 2018 MLB® All-Star Game® presented by Mastercard.

The Midsummer Classic™ has not been held in DC since 1969, and as the city gears up for MLB® All-Star Week™ festivities July 13-17 – from GEICO All-Star FanFest® to the T-Mobile Home Run Derby® – the entire city is making this a monumental moment for baseball in the District. Before the 2018 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard and the week that precedes it, there are plenty of ways to engage with the national pastime in the nation’s capital. We’ve listed nine below to match the innings in a baseball game. Enjoy!

1 Attend a Washington Nationals™ game

Washington Nationals crowd at home game - Baseball in Washington, DC

Of course, you can’t fully experience baseball in Washington, DC without seeing a Washington Nationals game at Nationals Park™. Commonly known as the Nats™, the team has won four National League™ East Division titles in the last six years, including the last two. The Nats look to be contenders again this year, with superstars all over the roster, including MVP candidate Bryce Harper, Cy Young winner Max Scherzer, All-Star pitcher Stephen Strasburg, franchise legend Ryan Zimmerman and more. This spring and summer get an exclusive discount and save big on 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 Check out the historical statues outside of Nationals Park

Walter Johnson statue at Nationals Park in Capitol Riverfront - Baseball in Washington, DC

Before or after you attend a Nats game, or if you’re simply exploring the impressive Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, make sure to check out the three statues located outside of the stadium on the approach to the home plate entrance (you do not need a ticket to view). The legendary figures presented are all essential to DC’s baseball history: Walter Johnson, Frank Howard and Josh Gibson. Gaze at the incredibly detailed statues and read the inscriptions highlighting their accomplishments, which serve as pillars of the sport’s story in the District, pre-Nationals (the current franchise moved to DC from Montreal in 2005).

3 Visit the Champions exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery

@evansevilla - ‘Champions’ exhibit at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery - Free museum in Washington, DC

Located on the third floor mezzanine of the National Portrait Gallery, Champions uses portraits, drawings, statues and memorabilia to highlight American sports figures whose achievements made them a part of the country’s story at-large. Among the numerous baseball heroes you’ll find there: Babe Ruth, Sandy Koufax, Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle and Casey Stengel.

4 Bask in 'Baseball Americana' at the Library of Congress (opens June 29)

Baseball Americana exhibit at the Library of Congress - Free baseball exhibit in Washington, DC

The Library of Congress is tipping its cap to baseball with an expansive new exhibit with photos and artifacts that will open just in time for the 2018 MLB® All-Star Game® presented by Mastercard. Baseball Americana puts the Library’s incredible resources to use, chronicling the game from its earliest days – see: baseball's "Magna Carta" featuring the official rules of the game, as written in 1856 by the game's founder Daniel “Doc” Adams – to its modern day status as a worldwide sport. Highlights include photos from previous times Washington, DC has hosted the All Star game (pictured above), a Babe Ruth baseball card, the 1908 sheet music to Take Me Out to the Ballgame and Dorothy “Dot” Ferguson's Rockford Peach uniform from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

5 Discover the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Sports exhibit

Baseball poster at National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Sports exhibit - Baseball in Washington, DC

Sports: Leveling the Playing Field dives deep into the incredible contributions that African Americans have made to the realm of sports, both on and off the field, in a constant struggle for equality and recognition. The baseball portion of the exhibit highlights the accomplishments and appeal of Negro Leagues Baseball, as well as the biggest African American stars of the sport. You can also see a statue of Jackie Robinson, the man responsible for breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball®, sliding into a base.

6 Watch the game in a local sports bar

Penn Social - Chinatown - Washington, DC

Sometimes, you just want to nestle up to the bar at a local tavern, order a beer and watch some baseball. DC has dozens of options for such an activity, from the TVs-and-games laden Penn Social to the three grand bars at Clyde’s of Gallery Place to the home-team-centric Penn Commons, located right next to Capital One Arena. If a dive bar is more up your alley, check out DC Reynolds or Nellie’s, which also hosts a famous drag brunch on Sundays.

7 Marvel at the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery at the Newseum

Newseum Great Hall - Museums in Washington, DC

The Newseum celebrates great journalism, including the stunning images that Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers have captured throughout the decades. In this gallery, you can admire Nathaniel Fein’s legendary shot entitled, “Babe Ruth Bows Out,” winner of the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for photography. Also, make sure to check out the Newseum’s latest exhibit, which has a similar theme: Pictures of the Year: 75 Years of the World’s Best Photography.

8 Continue your appreciation of ‘The Babe’ at Madame Tussauds

Babe Ruth at Madame Tussauds - Ways to Engage with Baseball in Washington, DC

Madame Tussauds features incredibly life-like wax figures of celebrities, sports figures and presidents. You can meet and greet Babe Ruth in the Sports section, with the iconic home run hitter poised to hit one right out of the park. Make sure to share your winning moment with The Great Bambino by using #MTDCSports on social media.

9 Find a field and play!

@pdiddypics - Playing softball on the National Mall - Outdoor activities in Washington, DC

DC is rife with athletic fields, and after all your baseball-themed exploration, you may feel inclined to play a game of catch or have some batting practice. DC’s department of parks and recreation helpfully lists the available athletic fields in the area. You can also check out our sports and outdoor recreation page for other ways to play in the District.

Still craving baseball in Washington, DC? Check out all the reasons to attend a Nationals game.

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