Opening Day 2013? Stephen Strasburg throws seven scoreless, efficient innings on 80 pitches in the first game of the season in the nation's capital for the defending NL East Champs and hears it from the crowd of 45,274 as he walks off the mound. That was a pretty amazing moment, though everyone kind of thought he'd come back for the eighth. C'mon, Davey Johnson!! Bryce Harper hits a home run in the bottom of the first... then again in the bottom of the fourth. The moment that second home run soared out, that was kind of amazing. Rafael Soriano coming on in the ninth, closing out win no.1 of the new season and untucking his Nationals jersey on the mound for the first time.
Friday night, April 26th. Nationals Park, Washington, D.C. Jordan Zimmermann going the distance for a complete game shutout of the Reds, holding the visiting Cincinnati batters to one hit in a 91-pitch start and then celebrating his achievement with Wilson Ramos. Zimmermann dominating on the mound, with the Nationals taking a 1-0 lead when Jayson Werth singles to right to bring Bryce Harper in after Harper tripled with one out in the fourth. Is there any better moment than when Harper decides he's got a chance for a triple and runs the bases with abandon all the way around to third?
How about when Jordan Zimmermann threw eight scoreless against the Atlanta Braves in a 2-0 win in Turner Field? When Anthony Rendon hit that ninth inning home run just this past weekend in Cleveland? It hasn't been an ideal season for the Nationals thus far, but there have been big moments already. Your favorite Nationals moment of 2013 could win you $100 for a Nationals game of your choice...
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