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 recently released the dates of their promotional days and giveaways this season, and there are some real gems in this schedule.
Among the standard bobblehead giveaways — Daniel Murphy on April 14, Trea Turner on May 12 and Tanner Roark on June 9 — and the highly recommended Pups in the Park days — April 29, May 13, June 10, June 25, September 7 and September 30 — pick the right game and you could get a snow globe, an American flag shirt or even a fedora. Seriously.
On May 24’s game against the Mariners, the first 25,000 fans will get a Max Scherzer snow globe, which has the potential to be the coolest knickknack in your house. Or on June 14 against the Braves — oddly not closer to the Fourth of July — Budweiser is behind the first 15,000 21-and-up fans getting an American flag tank top.
But truly the most unique item on this list is the Nationals-themed fedora, which will go to the first 25,000 fans at the Brewers’ July 26 matchup. How the Nats landed on this promotional item remains a mystery, but if you like hats beyond a traditional baseball cap, this is the game to attend.
Other cool or oddball promotions include the Nats Magic 8-Ball game April 3, the Chewbacca Koozie day May 27, Bryce Harper action figure day August 29 and Oktoberfest beer stein day Sept. 29.
Here's the complete list of the team's promotional days and giveaways.
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Bryce Harper struggled by his standards in 2016 and he says he know why it happened last year. While it was rumored last season that he was playing through injuries, Harper never really missed significant time, nor did he really say that his injuries were the reason for his disappointing numbers.
Speaking with the media today at spring training, Harper hinted at his injuries from last season as he said he was just trying to stay in the lineup every day.
Although Harper's statistics dropped off dramatically from his MVP season in 2015, his numbers weren't entirely awful last year. He still hit 24 homers, drove in 86 runs and he had an .814 OPS.
With a full offseason to heal up, Harper will be a prime bounce-back candidate as he looks to help the Nationals win their third NL East title in the last four years.
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