The Nats Blog was invited to attend Bloggers Night at Nationals Park on Saturday for Washington’s match up against the Cincinnati Reds. Although the Nats ultimately lost the game 5-1 after another great performance from Reds rookie Mike Leake, all of the bloggers in attendance took a lot away from the event.
The day began with all access passes for Q&A sessions with reliever Drew Storen, outfielder Josh Willingham, and manager Jim Riggleman, where a majority of the questions surrounded the arrival of Stephen Strasburg and the change of culture in the Nationals clubhouse, these videos have been uploaded in previous posts.
The pre-game events also included all-access passes to batting practice where the Nationals were taking batting practice and Adam Dunn was regularly hitting balls into the second deck in right field…unbelievable to watch. Ivan “Pudge” Rodriquez was also in attendance during BP and said he hopes to be behind the plate Tuesday for Stephen Strasburg’s debut.
The final pre-game event was a talk with club president Stan Kasten in the stadiums beautifully renovated PNC Diamond Club, located a few rows up from home plate. The always-entertaining Kasten handled many questions from a passionate audience. Questions ranged from Stephen Strasburg debut to the questionable umpiring we have seen of late. Although he was very open and honest during the session he still kept his mouth shut on if the team plans to select “Le”Bryce Harper in Mondays draft.
Once the game began all of the bloggers returned to the designated area set off for us and tweeted, blogged, and took pictures of the game at hand. It truly was a bloggers dream and a big step for the growth and development of the website. Be sure to “like” The Nats Blog on Facebook to see the full gallery from Saturday’s game.