And so, after an inexplicable 2-year hiatus, the Nationals will be making like a real, live, MLB team and holding a Winter fan fest this year. Good deal. Tickets will be available online starting at 10:00 AM Thursday, December 6, 2012 at nationals.com/natsfest.
A person who knows stuff and is usually right told us the Nationals may or may not be looking to bring back former players for the event (hint: 2005, not 2008, though we're not sure if any players have accepted).
Here's the official release from the Nats from earlier on Monday:
Following the most memorable season in team history, the Washington Nationals invite fans across the region to reignite their Natitude for 2013 at NatsFest, taking place for the first time ever at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday, January 26, 2013.
The fun-filled baseball festival will be held at the spacious Convention Center in order to allow more fans than ever to celebrate the return of baseball alongside select Nationals players, coaches and team personnel.
Open to fans of all ages from noon to 4:00 p.m., NatsFest will offer access to a variety of activities including live batting cages, exclusive Q&A sessions with players and coaches, a Kids Zone, interactive games and much more. A full schedule of events will be available in the coming weeks.
The cost of the event is $20 for adults and $10 for children under the age of 12. Season Ticket Holders will receive $5 off the entry fee ($15 for adults, $5 for children) and will have exclusive access to the event for an entire hour (11:00 a.m. to noon) before NatsFest opens to the general public.
Tickets may be purchased online beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at nationals.com/natsfest. A limited number of autograph vouchers will also be available for $20 online at the time of event ticket purchase. Proceeds from the autograph vouchers will benefit the Nationals Dream Foundation. For directions and parking, visit the Convention Center website at www.dcconvention.com.
(Photo of snowy Nationals Park on January 31, 2010 by Nats Enquirer)