Thursday, February 4, 2010

Baseball in January: NatsFest 2010

This past Sunday, I had the opportunity to hang out at Nationals Park for an event the Major League Baseball team holds every winter called NatsFest, a chance for fans to meet players, check out the stadium, ask questions of management and essentially get psyched for the upcoming season.

Despite a brief snowfall the day/night before and pretty damn cold temperatures, fans came out in droves to tour the facilities and greet a few of the new faces in town. Some pictures are below, with more on Flickr and DCist.

I'm also testing out a new feature on this blog called Lightbox, which allows people to click on images and view them larger. I don't plan on using it for everything, as I like the size of the images the way they are... but for something like a panoramic shot, I think it's a pretty sweet addition to the site.

With that, click on the composite of Nationals Park (covered in snow!) below for a better view.

New Nationals catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez:

Fans checking out a gallery of presidential first pitches:

Ryan Zimmerman's Gold Glove (L) and the man himself:

General Manager Mike Rizzo at the first of 4 Q&A sessions:

Finally, pitcher John Lannan and outfielder Nyjer Morgan: