- The Washington Times - Monday, March 31, 2008


Chuck Shouey of Alexandria arrived at Nationals Park more than 14 hours before game time in an attempt to buy one of the 400 $5 upper deck seats that were available.

First national anthem

International opera star and D.C. native Denyce Graves sang “The Star Spangled Banner.”

First ceremonial pitch

President Bush threw a pitch above the strike zone to Nationals manager Manny Acta.

First pitch

The Nationals’ Odalis Perez threw an 89 mph fastball to the Braves’ Kelly Johnson, who fouled it off.

First hit

The Nationals’ Cristian Guzman singled to right field off the Braves’ Tim Hudson on the first pitch in the first.

First run

The Nationals’ Cristian Guzman scored from third on Nick Johnson’s two-out double to right in the first.

First RBI

The Nationals’ Nick Johnson doubled to right field with two outs in the first, scoring Cristian Guzman from third.

First error

The Braves’ Tim Hudson tried to pick off the Nationals’ Cristian Guzman in the first but threw the ball away and was charged with a two-base error.

First home run

The Braves’ Chipper Jones crushed a solo shot off Odalis Perez into the second row in deep left-center with one out in the fourth inning.

First Presidents Race

George Washington buried the rest of the competition, sprinting past Tom Jefferson and Abe Lincoln. Teddy Roosevelt got off track and tried to run through the field instead of around it.


Ryan Zimmerman crushed a Peter Moylan pitch to deep center field to break a tie in the ninth inning, giving the Nationals a win in the first game at Nationals Park.


Jon Rauch blew the save in the ninth, but he wound up earning the win when Ryan Zimmerman homered in the bottom of the inning.


Who else but Ryan Zimmerman could have been the man? The face of the franchise crushed the game-winner off Peter Moylan with two outs in the ninth, sending the park into pandemonium.

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