Opening night: Nationals open 2022 season against Mets

The Washington Nationals take on the New York Mets in their first regular season game of 2022. Here’s what you need to know for Opening Day.

It’s opening day for DC baseball fans, but a rainy forecast pushes back the start of the Washington Nationals’ first game of the 2022 regular season against the New York Mets Thursday at Nationals Park.

Here’s what you need to know.

Changed start time

The game, originally scheduled to start at 4:05 p.m., was pushed back a few hours to 7:05 p.m. as scattered thunderstorms look increasingly likely, with rain and temperatures in the mid to high 50s. a risk of heavier showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

“Our whole goal is to pay attention to the forecast and make sure that when the game starts we are there on the pitch; it’s safe and it’s playable,” said John Turner, director of field operations for the Nationals.

All tickets and parking passes for the 4:05 p.m. start will be honored for the 7:05 p.m. game.

Nationals Park will open to fans at 5 p.m., said Jonathan Stahl, Nationals vice president of experience and hospitality.

Unless postponed, fans should bring warm clothes and a small umbrella. Those who don’t want to go out in bad weather can watch the game on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.

Despite the rain, Turner told WTOP that the pitch was designed for drainage.

“The tarp is out. It’s there to protect the interior clay. It will be 100% fine. … The main purpose of this tarp is simply to protect the clay underneath. … There was no rain on that clay surface. So come game time tonight, everything should be fine,” Turner said.


Opening day of the national championships:


Starting pitchers

Left-hander Patrick Corbin tees off on the mound for Washington. Since having a career year in 2019, the 32-year-old has struggled in each of the past two seasons, racking up a combined 11-23 record with a 5.82 ERA. However, manager Dave Martinez said he saw another pitcher in spring training.

Right-hander Tylkor Megill will start for New York. He finished the 2021 season with a 4-6 record in 18 starts with a 4.52 ERA.

Enter the stadium

Entry into Nats Park is expected to be quicker this season as new metal detectors will allow fans to walk through the gates and through the turnstiles to scan their tickets without having to empty their pockets.

This year, fans are only allowed to bring clear, see-through bags. Diaper bags and med bags will be the exception, but you will need to go through ADA-Family Lane, along the center field gate and your bag will be inspected the old fashioned way. Small, non-transparent pouches measuring 5 inches by 7 inches or less are permitted. Learn more about the bag policy.



Food

Fans attending the game may notice that one of Navy Yard’s popular sports bars may not have opened its “theater” for pre-game action. Walters owner Jeremy Gifford said he was told by the DC Department of Transportation that his street was not compliant and that “for public safety and traffic safety reasons” the restaurant could not serve it. use on match days.

Inside the stadium, food options are going local this year with several options fans haven’t had before. Local favorites you’ll find on the menu this year include Rockland’s BBQ, Hard Times Chili, Duke’s Grocery and Roaming Rooster.

Cash will not be accepted at Nationals Park this year to help speed up queues. Last year, almost 40% of all food and beverage orders were placed on the Baseball Stadium Mobile App. This year, team officials hope to expand the use of the app so fans don’t have to wait long, if at all.

The team encourages Nationals Park visitors to use the Ballpark mobile app when ordering food and drink. (WTOP/Nick Iannelli)

Expectations

What should you expect from this year’s national championships? The WTOP Sports Team discuss expectations for this year’s youth roster and more in this week’s edition of the DC Sports Huddle, which is available to listen before a ball is tossed at Nats Park.

And check out the WTOP Sports Team predictions for this season in the video below.

John Domen and Jack Pointer of WTOP contributed to this report.

Lance B. Holton