By Matthew Jacobson
The Nationals recently announced that they would be holding an exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox on April 1, 2017 at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. According to CBSSports.com, tickets will not be sold to the general public, but will be reserved for those currently in the armed forces, as well as veterans. The Nationals will also play an exhibition game in Annapolis in 2018 and 2019.
This seems like a really cool opportunity for not only Nationals and Red Sox players, but also for the men and women who are serving and have served to enjoy our national pastime with their family. The regular season game at Fort Bragg created a truly special atmosphere, even though it was just a regular season game, and I expect that these upcoming games at Navy will have a similar sort of effect on players and military personnel.
Principal owner Mark Lerner stated that “One of the Nationals’ core community platforms is to support the military, which we do through a variety of initiatives, including our in-game Salute to Service, Military Branch Days, and visits by players and coaches to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. It will be an honor for our players and coaches to take part in these games at the Naval Academy, in front of the brave men and women who have committed to serve our country.”
Nationals Park is located not too far from the Navy Yard in Southeast DC. The connection forming with the United States Navy, not only through these games in Annapolis, seems like a special partnership between the two organizations, and should provide an amazing day of baseball for Navy members, veterans, and their families.