While Americans celebrate Memorial Day with family and friends as the unofficial start to summer, it's important to remember the significance of the day, and DC area sports teams and athletes have expressed their gratitude for those who serve in the military in a variety of different ways.
Last week, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins said:
"So grateful for living in this country and understanding that that came at a price and I just want to say thank you."
Others have taken to social media to share their thoughts and memories — including the Washington Nationals, who take on the San Francisco Giants at 4 p.m. — and here's what some of them had to say.
The HARPER 2 coming at you! Memorial Day edition🙌🏻🔥 pic.twitter.com/uGtpGMJNfL— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) May 27, 2017
All gave some, some gave all! Today we remember all of the soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice! RIP to my bro 🙌🏾🙏🏾! Love you man pic.twitter.com/SWL6NoBi8B— Earl Wolff (@Ewolff28) May 29, 2017
Today and everyday, we remember and honor those who sacrificed their lives in defense of this great country. pic.twitter.com/NSp9LihdER— Georgetown Hoyas (@GeorgetownHoyas) May 29, 2017
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WASHINGTON -- Ryan Schimpf hit a two-run homer and the San Diego Padres broke out the bats, beating the Washington Nationals 5-3 Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.
The Padres had only one run and six hits with 31 strikeouts in back-to-back losses in games started by Washington's Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg to begin the series. San Diego bounced back by matching its season high with 14 hits, with 12 coming off starter Joe Ross (2-1).
NL home run leader Bryce Harper was among four starters out of the lineup for Washington. The game was delayed 1 hour, 20 minutes by rain.
Four relievers, including Kirby Yates (1-0), pitched 4 2-3 hitless innings following starter Jhoulys Chacin's latest bumpy road appearance. Brandon Maurer worked the ninth for his sixth save.
Chase d'Arnaud had a two-run single and double for the Padres. Franchy Cordero singled in the third for his first major league hit and later doubled.
Daniel Murphy, Jayson Werth and Matt Wieters also did not start for the Nationals. All three entered as pinch hitters, but were retired. Washington opens a nine-game, 10-day road trip Monday afternoon in San Francisco.
Adam Lind drove in two runs. His RBI double in the fifth off Chacin pulled Washington closer at 5-3.
Chacin surrendered three runs on eight hits in 4 2-3 innings. He also had two singles and an RBI.
Ross, who allowed five in four innings plus three batters in the fifth, certainly had two tough acts to follow. Strasburg struck out a career-high 15 in Saturday's 3-0 win after Scherzer fanned 13 in Friday's 5-1 series-opening victory.
San Diego doubled the amount it scored in consecutive losses after just four batters. Following a two-out walk to Wil Myers, Schimpf hit his 13th homer of the season and second in the series.
Padres: RHP Carter Capps (Tommy John surgery) remains on track to face hitters this week, manager Andy Green said.
Nationals: Murphy missed the previous two games due to illness, Chris Speier said Saturday. Speier, serving as acting manager with Dusty Baker away this weekend to attend his son Darren's high school graduation in California, did not meet with the media before Sunday's game.
Padres: RHP Jarred Cosart (0-1, 4.50 ERA) faces the Cubs at home on Monday.
Nationals: RHP Tanner Roark (4-2, 4.32) opens a three-game road series against Giants LHP Matt Moore (2-5, 5.28)
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