On the first day of Winterfest, the Washington Nationals gave to us, interviews with Mike Rizzo, Davey Martinez, Juan Soto, Victor Robles, Kevin Long, Ryan Zimmerman, and more, and that was just Day 1.
It all starts over again this morning, and you can follow along with us right here.
If you attend, you can enjoy clubhouse tours, batting cages, pitching in the bullpen, photos with the bullpen cart, though we confirmed yesterday that the cart has let celebrity get to its head (motor?) since its debut last season.
There will be players everywhere, doing exclusive interviews, and playing game shows on the Main Stage, and we’ll be behind the scenes talking to a parade of Nationals who come by to catch up with the beat writers covering the team (a few even said they missed talking to reporters, though with a slightly sarcastic tone I did not understand [winking emoji]).
WinterFest Day 2 takes place from 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM EST, and is open to fans of all ages.
We’ll include out Twitter feed below, and we’ll be updating you and our Twitter followers on there this afternoon while breaking out other stories in more detail.
We’ve already posted a few, with Rizzo, Martinez, and new Nats’ catcher Yan Gomes talking about the trade for the veteran backstop which took place on Winterfest eve, and Rizzo on the interest in free agent left-hander Patrick Corbin - pitching is king!
Which players are you most interested in hearing from as we decide how to approach our transcription work on a mountain of interviews?
We asked yesterday how many of the players, coaches, and front office execs who stop to talk to reporters by will get asked questions about whether or not Bryce Harper is coming back to D.C. in 2019? The answer was all of them. I’m sure it will be the same today...
Also ... Carter Kieboom is going to be here... TODAY!!! And, uh, Spencer too, apparently...