Improved WIFI coverage in the stadium and new features on the NATS ballpark App. There is a luxury MGM National Harbor Dugout Club next to the home dugout: eight luxury seats, televisions, private restrooms, a personal attendant and a stocked refrigerators (contact MGM National Harbor). The Nats and Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company have partnered on a special concoction “Earned Run Ale,” and the Devil’s Backbone has its own lodge in the upper deck down the left-field line. In addition, there is a new selection of products at the Main Team Store.
For NATS Opening Game on April 3rd, Stephen Strasburg has been named the opening day pitcher. He opened from 2012 thru 2014, striking out 18 in 20 innings leading the team to 3 opening day victories.
2012: On April 5 at the Cubs (WSH-2, CUBS-1), Strasburg pitched seven innings with 5 strikeouts, and a 1.29 ERA; he gave up 5 hits, 1 walk and 1 earned run. He earned a game score of 67; his opponent, Ryan Dempster tallied 78. Tyler Clippard (1 inning) earned the win, and Brad Lidge got the save.
2013: On Apr 1 at Nats Park (WSH-2, MIA-0), Strasburg got the win versus ricky Nolasco, pitching 7 scoreless innings, with 3 strikeouts, 3 hits and no walks; clocking a 0.00 ERA and game score of 74. Tyler Clippard came in for relief in the 8th, and Rafael Soriano got the save.
2014: Opening Day at the Mets on Mar 31, (WSH-9, NYM-7), Strasburg pitched 6 innings, giving up 4 earned runs on 4 hits and 2 walks and 1 homers. HIs game ERA was 6.0 with a game score of 54. Mets starter, Dilton Gee also gave up 4 earned runs in 6.2 innings. Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard (1 run) for an inning each, Aaron Barrett earned the win in the eighth, and Jerry Blevins pitched the 9th giving up 2 earned runs.