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There was a sold out croud at Nationals Park on Monday, as the city has embraced the team with its winning ways.
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There was a sold out croud at Nationals Park on Monday, as the city has embraced the team with its winning ways.

Despite being chilly and rainy on opening day at National's Park, spirits were high and the crowd was ready for baseball.

Thousands of new and returning fans came out for the home opener against the Miami Marlins, including John Trombo and his nephew, Logan Moran.

"We've been to four opening day games in a row since he was 5," Trombo says.

Trombo's nephew Logan says he's been a Nationals fan since he was a little kid.

"Me and my uncle have a tradition and we're trying to go to every opening day game, and when I grow up I'm gonna take all of my kids to the opening day game," Logan says.

While some are old hats at opening day baseball, one long-time fan said he was excited for his first-ever opening day game.

"Well I've been a Nationals fan forever, but I was a Senators fan when they left town in '71," he said. "I can tell you this, in 2005 I walked into RFK to see the Nationals play their first game. I thought I was gonna cry, so today it's overwhelming for me. Just a great experience."

With ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg finally pitching without restriction and the team's winning core returning, it is perhaps no surprise that the Nationals are widely projected to be one of the best teams in baseball this season.

Outfielder Bryce Harper, who picked up the 2012 National League Rookie of the Year award, set about bringing that prediction to reality on Monday, hitting two solo homeruns during yesterday's game, in the first and fourth innings, as the Nats shut out Miami 2-0.

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