Teddy’s great great grandson Winthrop Roosevelt to kick off 2013 season Monday

Teddy Roosevelt’s great great grandson will kick off the 2013 baseball season with the pronouncement “Play Ball!” to introduce Monday’s first pitch at Nationals Park.

Teddy Roosevelt's great great grandson Winthrop RooseveltPresidents race followers will recognize Roosevelt from September’s ESPN E:60 feature report by Ken Burns. In the report, which profiled Teddy Roosevelt’s six year losing streak in the presidents race, the younger Roosevelt speculated that his great great grandfather would gladly lose another 500 races.

The season opener has been sold out for months. With parking limited for the rare weekday packed house, the team is encouraging fans to show up as early as 10:30am with activities, giveaways, and music. The first 20,000 fans in attendance will receive a commemorative cap.

Washington Nationals 2012 Schedule

Interleague highlights include New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays at home, Boston Red Sox on the road. Marlins now the Miami Marlins

The Washington Nationals today released their 2012 schedule, a late starter compared to previous seasons beginning on the road on Thursday, April 5 at Wrigley Field, followed by the home opener on Thursday, April 12 vs. Cincinnati. Highlights include a three-game interleague visit from the New York Yankees June 15-17, and holiday matchups against the San Francisco Giants (Independence Day) and Chicago Cubs (Labor Day). The Nationals are not at home on Memorial Day.

The Nationals receive three visits apiece from all National League East rivals, including seven weekend sets against the Philadelphia Phillies (May 4-6), New York Mets (August 17-19), Atlanta Braves (June 1-3, July 20-22) and the newly-named Miami Marlins (April 20-22, August 3-5, September 7-9).

The Nationals-Orioles interleague rivalry is resumed at Nationals Park May 18-20. The Nationals visit Oriole Park at Camden Yards from June 22-24.

The Nationals will also host a three-game interleague series vs. the Tampa Bay Rays, June 19-21, and will also make interleague treks to Boston (June 8-10) and Toronto (June 11-13).

You can view the full schedule here: 2012 Washington Nationals Schedule

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