An Opening Day trip down memory lane

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As the Nationals prepare to embark on their seventh Opening Day since returning to Washington, D.C., I thought I’d take a few minutes to look back at the lineups from Opening Days past.

First, a few numbers. The Nationals, historically, don’t exactly do well on Opening Day (I’m sure you all remember last year’s 11-1 loss to the Phillies). In fact, the only time in the past six years that the Nationals have won on Opening Day was when they opened Nats Park in 2008, a 3-2 victory over the Braves. Including their history as the Expos, the organization is 19-23 on Opening Day.

Now, before I go on, I want to preface this by saying that the Opening Day lineup doesn’t always mean too much in the grand scheme of things. Lineups and rosters are fluid and they change often.

That being said, by looking back at the Opening Day lineups for the Nationals the past six years, it’s honestly very easy to see how far the organization has come in a short amount of time. There’s no telling what this year’s lineup will do, but on paper — and in my opinion — it’s one of the best the team has put out in their brief history.

So, without further ado, a trip down memory lane: (Players still currently on the team are in bold)

2005: Phillies 8, Nationals 4 - in Philadelphia

Brad Wilkerson CF
Cristian Guzman SS
Jose Vidro 2B
Jose Guillen RF
Nick Johnson 1B
Vinny Castilla 3B
Termel Sledge LF
Brian Schneider C
Livan Hernandez P

Final 2005 season record: 81-81

2006: Mets 3, Nationals 2 - in New York

Brandon Watson CF
Jose Vidro 2B
Jose Guillen RF
Nick Johnson 1B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Royce Clayton SS
Brian Schneider C
Livan Hernandez P

Final 2006 season record: 71-91

2007: Marlins 9, Nationals 2 - in Washington

Felipe Lopez 2B
Cristian Guzman SS
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Austin Kearns RF
Dmitri Young 1B
Brian Schneider C
Ryan Church LF
Nook Logan CF
John Patterson P

Final 2007 season record: 73-89

2008: Nationals 3, Braves 2 - in Washington

Cristian Guzman SS
Lastings Milledge CF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Nick Johnson 1B
Austin Kearns RF
Paul Lo Duca C
Elijah Dukes LF
Ronnie Belliard 2B
Odalis Perez P

Final 2008 season record: 59-102

2009: Marlins 12, Nationals 6 - in Florida

Lastings Milledge CF
Cristian Guzman SS
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam Dunn LF
Nick Johnson 1B
Austin Kearns RF
Ronnie Belliard 2B
Jesus Flores C
John Lannan P

Final 2009 season record: 59-103

2010: Phillies 11, Nationals 1 - in Washington

Nyjer Morgan CF
Willie Harris RF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam Dunn 1B
Josh Willingham LF
Adam Kennedy 2B
Ivan Rodriguez C
Ian Desmond SS
John Lannan P

Final 2010 season record: 69-93

And for 2011: Braves at Nationals, 1:05 p.m. (players who started a previous OD in bold)

Ian Desmond SS
Jayson Werth RF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Michael Morse LF
Rick Ankiel CF
Danny Espinosa 2B
Ivan Rodriguez C
Livan Hernandez P

— It’s going to be cold and rainy today, so if you’re on your way out to the ballpark, make sure to dress appropriately and bundle up. I will be to sure to let you know the minute I hear about any weather-related postponements or cancellations. Enjoy the game. 

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Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals and comes to The Washington Times from the Cape Cod Times and after stints with MLB.com and the Amsterdam (N.Y.) Recorder. A Massachusetts native and 2008 graduate of Boston University, Amanda can be reached at acomak@washingtontimes.com and you can follow her on Twitter @acomak.

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