This weekend, the Nationals WinterFest could be without Bryce Harper. It just so happens that it is also Bryce Harper’s 1st year wedding anniversary on Saturday December 16th. In Harper’s tenure with the Nationals, he is batting .500 on these off-season FanFests making 3-of-6 if in fact he does not show up this weekend. We were reminded that players like Ian Desmond never missed a Nationals’ FanFest and the same for some other players.
Surely, the hope is that we have this sourced information wrong that the Nationals WinterFest could be without Bryce Harper appearing. We have reached out to the Nationals for comment and so far no response. By the way, Happy Birthday to Mike Rizzo!
The St. Louis Cardinals release names of their top players who will be attending their Winter Warm-up generally two weeks in advance. At most of the Winter Warm-ups, the Cardinals boast near 100% participation of players under contract. Also, there are of course excused absences but as an ex-Cardinals player told us that if you didn’t show up “it better be that you are attending a funeral — and yes, they will check to make sure if that’s the case that it is legit”.
When Bryce Harper is at FanFests, he changes children’s lives. That is not an exaggeration. Watch this from the last FanFest that Bryce attended:
Nationals Winterfest 2017
When: December 16th and 17th
Where: Washington Convention Center – 801 Mt. Vernon Place Northwest, Washington, DC 2001
Why: Nats Winterfest is the interactive, family-fun event based on Washington’s own MLB team, the Nationals.
Times: 11:30-4:00 p.m. on both days
Here are some of the activities highlighting this year’s Winterfest:
- Clinics with Nationals players and coaching staff
- Watch a Home Run Derby featuring Nationals mascots
- Hear a winter-themed story, read by a Nationals player
- Participate in Nationals Kid Press Conferences
- Sign up for 2018 Nats Plus Kid Memberships
- And much more!
In addition, there is a great charity component where fans can obtain autograph vouchers which of course are limited. All it takes is a donation to the Nationals Dream Foundation. This is one of the best part of the WinterFest for the kids!
WinterFest Ticket Information
Click here to buy tickets directly from the Nationals: http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/MLBEventInfo?agency=WSHN_FF1&pid=8467866&tfl=Washington_Nationals-Tickets-Tickets_Info_Winterfest-na-x0
For more information, check the Nats official page: http://m.mlb.com/nationals/tickets/info/winterfest
Most of all, this is a great event!