|When the Washington Senators departed in 1971, Washington, D.C., was left without a professional baseball team for decades. That all changed in 2005, however, when the Montreal Expos relocated to our nation's capital and adopted the Washington Nationals flag. Today, the baseball crazy fans in D.C. are among the most passionate in the league, and Washington Nationals tickets are some of the most in-demand items in the MLB.
The Washington Nationals, founded in 1969, were initially based out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, as one of two Canadian baseball teams. Originating as the Montreal Expos the team resided in Canada until 2005, when they moved to Washington to make the Capitol their home base. The team's name is a hat tip to both of the former area teams of the same name. The Nationals' move caused major opposition from the Baltimore Orioles who wanted to keep their single-market grip on the region. Once deals were hashed out to protect all business dealings, the Nats moved in.
After moving from Montreal, the Nationals faced a tough road. Washington hovered around the .500 mark and never really making a challenge at the National League East title during their first few years in the city. That began to change, however, after they began acquiring some of the best young talent in the league, such as Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper.
Characteristic of the intense MLB rivalries, the Washington Nationals have a natural nemesis in the region's other professional baseball team; the Baltimore Orioles. This contention stems from the Beltway Series, as well as the two team's historical conflicts. A rivalry that no longer exists in name but is alive in spirit is that between the Toronto Blue Jays and the former Montreal expos.
The National enjoyed a breakthrough in 2012. That year, the Nats captured their first NL East title, advancing to the playoffs for the first time since they moved to Washington. Though they lost in the playoffs, players such as Harper (the NL Rookie of the Year), Strasburg and Adam Laroche all established themselves as players to watch.
Washington, D.C., is a great sports city, and now that it has a baseball team of its own, the fans won't be letting go. Whether the game is on home turf or away, the Washington Nationals draw crowds of fans that love the team's level of play! Fans declare that the Nationals are a great baseball experience for the whole family! Make sure that you are close to the action at Nationals Park to cheer your favorite players on when you purchase your Washington Nationals baseball tickets today!