Baseball Season Begins: 5 Things to Know About the 2013 Nationals

by Kelly Collis
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The Nats celebrate after Game 4 of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 11, 2012 in Washington, DC.

The Nats celebrate after Game 4 of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 11, 2012 in Washington, DC.

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The boys of summer are back in D.C. and ready to start their season and the road to the World Series.

There is much buzz about the Nats this year: Sports Illustrated picked them to not only go to the World Series, but to win it!

The team has captured the heart of new fans, even our very own Tommy McFly has become a true fan!

There are some new faces joining the team this year and some that are gone (we will miss Michael Morse).

Here are a few facts about the team’s key players:

Stephen Strasburg: Last season he achieved 197 strikeouts in just 159 innings, he is fully recovered and ready to rally for 2013. He will be on the mound pitching on opening day on April 1 against the Florida Marlins.

Denard Span: This new addition is a fast, center fielder, who will lead off. Span is a left-handed swinger. He comes from the Minnesota Twins and was actually born in Washington, D.C.

Bryce Harper: In the 133 games Harper played in last season, he had 22 home runs. He is a fast runner and is expected to have another great year.

Ryan Zimmerman: He has been a member of the Nationals since his debut on Sept. 1, 2005. Zimmerman is the “face” of his franchise and a team leader. He is not going anywhere either … in 2012, he signed a six-year deal with Nats. In the field, he is on third base and is known for his clutch hitting and walkoff hits.

Rafael Soriano: New comer from the New York Yankees. He is the the highest-paid reliever in baseball. Before signing with the Nationals, he was already known as “El Silencioso” (“the Silent One”) by former teammates because he would often retreat to his locker. Will he replace Drew Storen?

We talked with Denard Span and Jordan Zimmerman. Listen to the interviews below:

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