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In addition to unveiling their 2019 World Series banner, the Washington Nationals will also pay tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement during the Opening Day ceremony, the team announced in a press release.

"The Nationals, in conjunction with Major League Baseball, stand with the Black Lives Matter movement and will utilize the platform and national stage of Opening Day to express support for the fight against systemic racism and injustice," the release said. "As one element of this effort, a Black Lives Matter | MLB stencil will appear on the pitcher’s mound during Opening Weekend games."

Nationals Park will also feature a black heart with “D.C.” in the middle in the grass of center field throughout the first series of the season to honor the local community. 

There's a chance that Washington and its players could put together other gestures prior to the game, including kneeling for the national anthem. Reliever Sean Doolittle explained on Wednesday that the Nationals are having discussions in the clubhouse about what they may do. 

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler became the first manager to kneel during the anthem on Monday during a scrimmage. He did so alongside outfielder Jaylin Davis and first base coach Antoan Richardson

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The Nationals will also pay tribute to the "frontline heroes of COVID-19," though the team did not specify how they are planning to do so. Infectious-disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci will throw out the first pitch on Thursday. Fauci, a well-known Nationals fan, has helped lead the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

 

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