We had big plans last year to take in all the festivities at our first NatsFest, meet fellow Nats fans and talk about the Washington Nationals all day long.
Then we arrived at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD and received the schedule for player interviews which had a parade of Nationals meeting with reporters throughout the day.
What followed was a succession of interviews, tweets, Instagram photos and quotes over a five-to-six hour period which left us exhausted and wondering how long it would take us to transcribe the twenty-or-so interviews we recorded.
We did, of course, wander out of the press area for a brief time, meeting up with some old friends and meeting one or two new ones, but the majority of the day was spent in press scrums with Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth, Matt Williams, Mike Rizzo and more talking to reporters about their preparations for the 2014 campaign.
The Nationals, of course, took the NL East title last season, but were eliminated from the postseason by the eventual World Series champions from San Francisco in four games in the NLDS.
This year's edition of NatsFest, while technically taking place in 2014, kicks off the 2015 campaign this afternoon.
The doors of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center open to the general public at 11:00 AM EST and remain open until 5:00 PM. More than 20 Nationals players are scheduled to attend and meet with fans and reporters.
There will be photo opportunties for fans throughout the day, game shows featuring the players, 106.7 the FAN in D.C. will be broadcasting live.
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