Washington Nationals Tickets
The Washington Nationals are based in Washington, D.C., and compete in the Major League Baseball (MLB). Initially, they used to play their home games at the RFK Stadium, but since 2008, the Nationals Park on South Capitol Street in Southeast, D.C., has been their home. The Washington Nationals are the fourth major league franchise that is based in Washington and were referred to as the Washington Senators, back in 1891. If you’re a fan of the Washington Nationals and want to see their games in-person during the 2017 MLB season, then these Washington Nationals tickets are for you.
History of the Washington Nationals
The team initially started out as the Montreal Expos in 1969. In their inaugural season, the team ended up losing 110 games, under Gene Mauch. Their initial home was the Jarry Park but in 1977, they moved to Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.
Soon, the team faced certain managerial issues that left the MLB looking for a relocation site for the Expos. In 2003 and 2004, the Expos played their games at several different venues, including in San Juan, Hiram Bithorn Stadium, Puerto Rico and Montreal. In 2004, it was eventually decided to move the team to Washington in the following year. The Montreal Expos played their last game at the Shea Stadium, against the New York Mets, losing 8-1.
After going through several financial problems, the Washington Nationals finally got a home ground in Washington. Ted Lerner eventually took over the ownership of the club in the middle of 2006. He changed the overall structure of the team and hired Stan Kasten as the team president. A plan was initiated to rebuild and restructure the entire team from ground up. This involved investing in creating a suitably talented team to go along with the new stadium.
The Team Today
Today the Washington Nationals are in a much stronger position, with one of the best starting staff on board. The fan base of the team is also huge and has grown over the years. In 2005, the number of fans in attendance totaled up to 2,731,993, which was their highest attendance to date – the team finished 8th out of 16 in the National League this year.
Season Standings for the Washington Nationals
The Washington Nationals have finished 1st in the regular season twice, one in 2012 and the other in 2014. They finished 2nd in the 2013 season with Ian Desmond winning the Silver Slugger Award. They also finished second in the 2015 season, with Bryce Harper winning the National League Most Valuable Player title and the Silver Slugger, the Hank Aaron Award, the “Players Choice Awards”, the Outstanding Player Award and several others.
The Washington Nationals finished 3rd in the 2011 season and 4th in the 2007 season, with Dmitri Young landing the “Player Choice Award” for NL Comeback Player.
The Washington Nationals are showing impeccable form as they finished on a high note last season. They ended up at the 1st position in the regular season, winning the NL East Division by 8 games, but lost the NLDS 2-3 in the postseason. Fans of the team are rushing to get their hands on Washington Nationals tickets as the 2017 season is expected to be an interesting one.
Interesting Facts about the Washington Nationals
The mascots for the Washington Nationals are versions of old Presidents, giving a good local feel to the team. Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson are two of the mascots you would commonly find at the games.
Shortstop Ian Desmond is a true force to behold for this Washington-based team. He leads the NL strikeouts in 2014, but in addition to that, he has managed to accomplish another rare feat. He recently became the fourth shortstop in the entire history of MLB to record three seasons with 20 steals and 20 homers.
The Washington Nationals have the most number of players named Zimmerman. The third baseman, Ryan Zimmerman has been a real big star for the team since their move from Montreal in 2005. Since the dead-ball era, there have only been six players whose last names were Zimmerman and the Nationals currently have 33.3% of these, along with both the active Zimmermans.
Kevin Durant, the DC native and reigning NBA MVP, has a logo of the team tattooed on his stomach, above the navel.
The Washington Nationals have seen quite a few ups and downs in their formation process and history. But today, the Nationals are considered among the best teams in the MLB.