Nationals

Quick Links

Could Nationals' first road trip be to Buffalo?

Could Nationals' first road trip be to Buffalo?

The Nationals open the season on July 23 against the New York Yankees at home. There won’t be any fans there, but it is still the familiar surroundings of Nationals Park.
 
But after five home games, things might get a little weird for Washington on the first road trip of the season. The Nats are scheduled to visit the Toronto Blue Jays on July 29. The opponent is not in question, but the venue and city is. 
 
The Buffalo News reported that the Blue Jays have reached out to the Buffalo Bisons, the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate, to explore the possibility of Toronto’s home schedule being played in Buffalo. 

The biggest hold up for playing games in Toronto is the 14-day quarantine mandated by the Canadian government for anyone entering the country. That is obviously impossible for the Nationals, or any team, to accomplish. 
 
The Nats and Jays are scheduled to play July 28 at Nationals Park and then head north of the border to complete a home-home series. Toronto reportedly has plans in place to take its players and visiting teams in sanitized buses directly from the airport to the Marriott hotel that is inside Rogers Centre. 

CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE NATIONALS TALK PODCAST

If you leave the team hotel in Toronto, however, there could be some serious consequences. 

Sahlen Field is the home of the Buffalo Bisons. It is located in downtown Buffalo and was built in 1988. 
 
According to the Buffalo News, the field conditions are “major-league” quality but the lighting is an issue. The lighting “would need an upgrade for the major leagues - and for the accompanying television broadcasts, with 24 of the Blue Jays’ 30 home games scheduled at night.” 
 
Additionally, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says it would require permission from the Canadian government for the Blue Jays to play its home schedule in the city, according to CBS-4 in Buffalo. 
 
The other option for the Nationals-Blue Jays series could be TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Fla., the Blue Jays newly renovated spring training home. A number of players reside there in the offseason, but Florida also reported 15,299 new coronavirus cases on Sunday. That would be a hard sell even if closer to home for a lot of players and staff. 

There does not seem to be an easy answer to the simple question: Where are the Nationals and Blue Jays going to play on July 29? The only certainty is the Nats will pack their bags after five home games to start the season. But the exact destination – even if it’s still Toronto for now - remains unknown.

Stay connected to the Nationals with the MyTeams app. Click here to download for comprehensive coverage of your teams.

MORE NATIONALS NEWS:

Quick Links

Nationals manager Davey Martinez gives piggyback ride to help Asdrúbal Cabrera celebrate 2nd homer

Nationals manager Davey Martinez gives piggyback ride to help Asdrúbal Cabrera celebrate 2nd homer

Davey Martinez has a new job: piggyback ride.

Asdrúbal Cabrera hopped on the Nationals manager Monday night following his second home run of the evening. Cabrera took a ride through a jubilant dugout in what became a rout for the struggling Nationals.

Cabrera homered twice Monday.

The idea was also partially a troll of a new member of the Mets, Brian Dozier. Dozier would hop on stout batting practice pitcher Ali Modami following a home run last season and ride through the dugout. Modami opted out of this season.

RELATED: TWITTER HAS FUN AT METS EXPENSE

The Nationals finally had something to dance about in the dugout after scoring 16 runs Monday night in Citi Field. They are 5-7 on the season.

CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE NATIONALS TALK PODCAST

Stay connected to the Nationals with the MyTeams app. Click here to download for comprehensive coverage of your teams.

MORE NATIONALS NEWS:

Quick Links

Nationals' rout of Mets spurs Twitter jokes of cardboard fans leaving early

Nationals' rout of Mets spurs Twitter jokes of cardboard fans leaving early

The 2020 MLB season has not been too kind to the New York Mets. Injuries and blown games have the team struggling out the gate, and though some could chalk that up to the "typical Mets," it doesn't make it any better.

Sitting at 7-9, the record could be worse, but high expectations have not been met early on in the shortened season. Things only got worse on Monday against the Nationals as New York found itself trailing 14-0 in the sixth inning. Remember, this is a baseball game, not football.

RELATED: MARCUS STROMAN OPTS OUT OF SEASON

The scene is something that isn't too unfamiliar for fans of the team, but one major difference is that there are no boos coming from the stands, or fans heading for the exits early. Instead, cardboard supporters stick it out no matter what the product on the field looks like.

Yet, that did not stop Twitter from getting in jokes about what was transpiring. To them, a realistic-feel to the contest would include the cardboard cutouts being carried away long before the last out is recorded and a different noise being piped in.

Even in a season where baseball doesn't feel normal, there are some things that remain the same. One of those is the Mets being the brunt of a joke. 

Stay connected to the Nationals with the MyTeams app. Click here to download for comprehensive coverage of your teams.

MORE NATIONALS NEWS: