Fan Favorite, Nats Fest Returns to the Convention Center

Ian Desmond. | Bill Starrels

The Washington Nationals’ Nats Fest returned to the Washington Convention Center Dec. 13, after being last held at National Harbor. The popular, annual event was attended by thousands of Washington Nationals’ fans and featured panel discussions of Nationals players, management and owners.

There were autograph sessions with various stars, including player Jayson Werth and manager Matt Williams. The Racing Presidents posed for photographs with fans and showed their skills in a home run derby. Children were able to bat in batting cages and run bases.

The team appeared amazed by a towering collection of toys in its Toys For Tots campaign. Fans brought in toys and received game vouchers from the Nationals.

Players were interviewed by the press during the event. Pitching ace Jordan Zimmermann said that he enjoys playing with his National’s teammates and hopes to remain on the team. Several players highlighted the fact that the Nationals won 96 games last season. Almost all said they did not watch all of the post-season games after the Nationals lost in the first round of the post season.

Jayson Werth — recently stopped by the police for doing 110 m.p.h. on the Beltway in his Porsche — did not meet the press. Instead, Werth spent the time delighting fans, young and old, by signing autographs.

It was another fun afternoon for Nats fans of ages.

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