When the Redskins drafted Robert Griffin III it sent a shockwave through the entire city of Washington, D.C. His addition to the D.C. sports scene is a major one and local fans aren't the only citizens of the district excited for his arrival.
Minutes after he was picked by the Redskins, Stephen Strasburg Tweeted from his account a congratulatory message to Griffin III:
Strasburg knows what it is like to join a Washington sports team as a high draft pick, he was selected first overall in 2009 by the Nats and was also looked at as a franchise savior. Griffin III will experience similar expectations, but likely on a much larger scale.
Later on in the night, in the locker room before the Nationals and Padres game, the Nats released a video through their Twitter account of Ryan Zimmerman welcoming Griffin III to the city.
Click the picture or go here to watch the clip.
The Nationals have shown a lot of support for their fellow D.C. pro athletes of late with Gio Gonzalez going out of his way to mention the Capitals and Redskins in recent interviews. He was seen at a Caps game earlier this season, soon after he was traded to Washington, and Zimmerman has been spotted at Wizards and Capitals games as well.
The Washington Nationals avoided arbitration and agreed to one-year deals today with Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon, Tanner Roark and newly acquired catcher Derek Norris.
If team's and players didn't agree to contracts by today's 1 p.m. ET deadline, an independent arbitrator will rule on the contract at a later date and decide how much the player will play for in 2017.
Harper and the Nationals agreed to a $13.625 million deal, which was significantly more than the $9.3 million contract that was projected by MLB Trade Rumors. Last season, coming off his 2015 MVP campaign, Harper made $5 million. The 24-year-old will be a free agent after the 2018 season.
Harper is coming off a disappointing season by his standards, in which he hit just .243 with 24 homers, which was way down from his total of 42 dingers in 2015.
According to multiple reports, Rendon signed for $5.8 million, Roark signed for $4.315 million and Norris' deal was for $4.2 million.
Roark made just $543,400 last season, which he vastly out-performed. Roark was one of the most consistent pitchers in the National League last year as he won 16 games and posted a 2.83 ERA in 210 innings of work.
With today's signings, all of the Nationals' arbitration-eligible players are under contract for 2017.
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Nationals star Bryce Harper has a bold fashion sense, that's for sure. Just take a look at that hair. But he a more romantic fashion risk for his own wedding with a custom suit jacket.
He opted for a navy blue tuxedo with black piping. It was the lining that really stood out as special.
If you look closely, you'll see photos of Harper and his wife, Kayla, decorating the lining of the jacket.
There's also the date of wedding and script reading "Mr. and Mrs. Harper."
He credited the makers of his tuxedo, Stitched, in the tweet.
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