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Young, diehard Nats fan skips school to attend 7th Opening Day

Young, diehard Nats fan skips school to attend 7th Opening Day

If you're going to miss school, you should probably have a pretty good reason — like if you're sick or if it's the Nationals' Opening Day. 

According to one little boy's sign — tweeted by USA9 before the game started — Monday is the first time he's missed school, and it's because he's already a huge Nats fan and is attending his seventh Opening Day.

In fact, he's such a big fan — and clearly has been from a very young age — he even went to the Nats' true Opening Day in 2012 when their first game of the season was in Chicago against the Cubs.

So far in his six total Opening Days, the Nats are 3-3, and for his seventh, they're taking on the Miami Marlins on Monday at Nationals Park with ace Stephen Strasburg on the mound. 

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Gerardo Parra promises the Nationals will return to the postseason

Gerardo Parra promises the Nationals will return to the postseason

Gerardo Parra will be in Japan for the 2020 baseball season, but that hasn't stopped him from promising big things from his former team. 

In an exclusive interview with the Nationals Talk podcast Parra promised that the Nationals will make a playoff run this season.

"I promise you these guys go to the playoffs this year too because these guys have a great heart. I know Rendon is not there but this is baseball and this is a great team."

His message for his former teammates is simple, "don’t lose the emotion, don’t lose the goofy we have right now in the clubhouse… we worked a lot to do that."

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Parra told Nationals Talk that he is so grateful for his time with the team and in the city. 

As the interview wrapped up, he asked if he could have a moment to say something directly to fans. 

He thanked D.C. and everyone who supported the team during this unforgettable season. He hopes fans do not forget how a children's song brought a whole city together, sports fan or not.  
 
 "Enjoy the moment," said Parra. "And baby shark never forget." 

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Jose Altuve dodges scandal questions but congratulates Nationals on World Series title

Jose Altuve dodges scandal questions but congratulates Nationals on World Series title

Jose Altuve met with the media at the Astros’ annual winter FanFest event over the weekend, the first time he faced reporters since details of Houston’s sign-stealing scheme used in 2017 came to light.

The former AL MVP congratulated the Nationals on beating the Astros in the World Series last October, saying “they deserved it” after topping Houston in seven games.

But while he didn’t shy away from talking about the 2019 World Series, Altuve declined to comment on the 2017 championship for which the Astros were found guilty by MLB of using electronic devices to gain an edge in.

Manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow were suspended for a year before being fired by the Astros last week. Altuve and the other players who were on the Astros’ roster that season were exempt from any punishment handed down by the commissioner’s office.

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