The Winter Classic Will Be Held at Nats Park, Duh

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At long last we know what the venue will be for the Winter Classic on January 1st, 2015, and it’s exactly where we thought it’d be: Nationals Park! Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post broke the news on the Twitter machine.

The news ends months of uncertainty around the big game. Despite rumors of quibbling over the details, Nats Park was always the obvious choice. It’s inside the district, it’s beautiful (inspired by Baltimore’s Camden Yards!), it’s not completely falling apart, and its baseball team isn’t owned by a jerk.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov Is at the Washington Nationals Game

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With two first place teams within 40 miles of each other, you can’t really go wrong taking in a baseball game on a warm Friday night in September. And that’s exactly what Washington Capitals rookie forward Evgeny Kuznetsov is doing tonight. Flanked by his beautiful wife of three years, Nastya, the Russian forward traveled to Nationals Park after an informal practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex today to see the Nats take on the Philadelphia Phillies.

Before the game started, Kuznetsov took a photo with his wife in the outfield grandstands. He captioned the photo, “Go Nationals.”

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During last week’s Development Camp, the Washington Capitals took the prospects to a Washington Nationals game. Unfortunately, the game got rained out (so the Nats were spared a beatdown from the Orioles). Before the game was called, Caps 2013 first round pick, Andre Burakovsky wandered from the group and took a photo with George Washington, one of the Nats’ five racing presidents. I cannot tell a lie: this photo is majestic.

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On Sunday afternoon, Washington Capitals John Carlson and Steve Oleksy joined Tyson Strachan at Nationals Park to help promote Strachan Strays, a program started by the minor league defenseman to raise awareness for dog adoption. And really, any charity that inspires photos like this I totally support.

Carlson, Oleksy, and Strachan signed autographs and posed photos with fans. I think they went on the field too. Beyond that, I’m not sure, so let’s check the Twitter machine.

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At 6:45 PM, Adam Oates made his first public appearance as the new Capitals head coach, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before the Nationals/Rockies game.

Oates, wearing khakis and a white #77 Nats jersey, lobbed in a high-arching ball to Nationals pitcher Ross Detwiler, who was crouched down and catching at home plate.

Video is below the jump.

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Wearing a red Nationals’ #32 Tom Gorzelanny jersey (perhaps in honor of Dale Hunter?), Jason Chimera, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Sunday’s Orioles/Nats game. Chimmer, who got a loud ovation when he took the field, threw high and hard — we’re going to call it a ball — to Gorzelanny, a pitcher who played catcher for the moment. And yeah, Chimera brought along his son Cale.

Video is below the jump.

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