September 3, 2011: On-Field Photo Day


On Saturday, September 3, the Nats gave their fans a chance to get up close and personal with the team.  Fans stood on the warning track, while players, coaches, and broadcasters walked the field to shake hands, take pictures, and sign memorabilia (even though they weren’t supposed to).

We had a chance to talk to some of the players and shake their hands.  Here are a few of the things we said to them.

To Rick Ankiel: “My mom loves you!” “Awesome – tell her I say hi.”

To Ryan Zimmerman: “Hi Ryan!” “…” [As you can see, he waved instead of responding. We forgive him, because he was on his way to talk to the Wounded Warriors.]

To Jonny Gomes: “Can I get a picture of your hair?” “Sure” (turns around) “Can you take off your hat?” “Sorry – gotta keep my costume on.”

To Stephen Strasburg: “I saw you pitch in Syracuse last Saturday – you were great!” “Wow, thanks for coming out.”

Also to Stephen Strasburg: “I like your socks.” (he wears them tall) “…Thanks?”

To Collin Balestar: “Big fan of the ‘stache” “Thanks – I’m thinking of growing it out again” “You should – get it full and powerful”

To Roger Bernadina: “I saw you play last Saturday in Syracuse – that was an amazing home run!” “Really? Thanks!”

If you had a chance to say something to any player, what would you say?  Is there anyone you would be/were too nervous to talk to?  (Maggie only managed to squeak out “Big fan!” to both Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen).

As always, the full album is here.


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5 Responses to “September 3, 2011: On-Field Photo Day”

  1. Shoshana Says:

    “If you had a chance to say something to any player, what would you say?”

    I actually ran into a player at a CVS at the beginning of the season. When you are actually in the situation of being able to go up and say something to a player, your mind can go completely blank (or you can end up spitting out something stupid or barely coherent).

  2. Molly Says:

    The nice thing about Triple A is that the players are much more accessible to the fans. I told Brad Peacock that I had a bone to pick with him: he never waves to us when we call his name while he’s coaching first base. Of course, now he waves every time he sees us.
    Take care of your newbies Brad Peacock, Tommy Milone, and Atahualpa Severino. Syracuse’s season is over, but the Nats have our best!

    • Maggie Says:

      We’ll take good care of them. And we don’t blame Peacock for his bad outing last night – that was totally not his fault. I, personally, blame Doug Slaten. PS – Very jealous of you guys getting waves from players on a regular basis!

  3. Molly Says:

    Peacock’s first outing in Syracuse (July 16) was real rocky, too. Took him a couple of innings to settle down. Glad you don’t hold last night against him. He’s a nice young man.

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