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Notable names, absences at NatsFest

Jan 16, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

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Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth each are scheduled to appear at NatsFest.

The majority of players off the Nationals' roster are scheduled to attend next week's NatsFest, though a couple of prominent names notably will be absent.

Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Ian Desmond, Danny Espinosa, Dan Haren, Denard Span and Kurt Suzuki are among the 25 players listed as attendees to the event, which will be held Jan. 26 at the Washington Convention Center. (All appearances are subject to change.)

Also scheduled to attend are three players who face uncertain futures with the organization in the wake of recent acquisitions: Michael Morse, Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard. That could lead to some interesting, perhaps awkward, conversations between the players and team execs, media members and fans who will be there in person.

Notable among the list of Nationals who aren't scheduled to attend are manager Davey Johnson, third baseman Ryan Zimmerman,Read more »

  1. MicheleS - Jan 16, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Now I just need to decide what Shirsey to wear.

  2. Feel Wood - Jan 16, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    No reason has been given for the expected absence of LaRoche, who just re-signed a two-year, $24 million deal with the Nationals last week.He's holding out for a three FanFest deal. Also, there's no ballpark security at the NatsFest and Michael Morse recently started following Tonya Harding on Twitter.

  3. Tcostant - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Seems like Stras avoids this thing like the plague; didn't he miss this last time because he got married just to avoid this event ;)

  4. NatsNut - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Your shirseys aren't jinxed are they Michele? Because then I'd request that you not wear Clippard's. Thanks.

  5. baseballswami - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Stras has a charity 5 k in San Diego planned way before Nats fest.

  6. Nats1924 - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Agreed, it seems Stras doesnt like these kind of events and prefers to stay away from the media.I know its way too early, I think he is the most likely to bolt when he becomes a FA. Likely to a west coast team. – hope im wrong

  7. Kathleen - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Greetings, all. Long-time reader, first-time poster here. Thanks for all of the baseball knowledge you impart — I have a lot to learn given that there was no team here for most of my 40+ years!We are attending NatsFest and are wondering if you or anyone who know has 2 autograph session vouchers they'd be interested in swapping for 2 vouchers for a session at a different time? The ticket system forced us to buy 4 vouchers for the same session rather than 2 vouchers each for 2 different sessions. Our 6-year old daughter really wants to meet the Nats, so we'd love to connect with anyone who has autograph session vouchers for a time OTHER THAN the 11:15 a.m. "Session B", which is what we have. Please note that this is during the NatsFest time for season ticket holders only, so I'm assuming we'll need to swap with another season ticket holder.Thanks very much, Kathleen

  8. Section 222 - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    I know its way too early, I think he is the most likely to bolt when he becomes a FA. Likely to a west coast team. – hope im wrongDear Mr. Buzzkill,Yeah, way too early. Sincerely, Nats fans

  9. MicheleS - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    NatsNut. Nope the shirsey's aren't cursed. I have been wearing my LaRoche one all off season in hopes that he would come back. That worked.

  10. Nats1924 - Jan 16, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    attn section 222you can say stras leaving is buzzkill….sometimes a player like Stras leaving is a good thing for the Nats. Would you want to give Stras a $150M contract? …i'd rather set aside that money towards Harper

  11. UnkyD - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    1924: kindly save that for your buzzkill friends, at least for a couple more years?

  12. Section 222 - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Would you want to give Stras a $150M contract? …i'd rather set aside that money towards Harper1. Stras will be a free agent after 2016. 2. Harper will be a free agent after 2018.3. The team will make a ton of money over the next four seasons (2013-2016), hopefully contending for a WS ring every year and winning one, if not more. And they can win a few more after re-signing Stras to help pay the bill for Harper.4. So yes, I would give Stras a $150 million contract. (By then, $150 million will probably be a bargain…)5. And no, there is no reason to let him go in order to save money for Harper.6. A resolution to the MASN fiasco will make everything easier. 7. The Lerners are billionaires.

  13. 5c3cd06e-cef8-11e1-abe6-000bcdcb2996 - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    LaRoche is probably busy killin' critters while camo'd. Yee Haw. LaRoche makes Kenny Powers seem like Albert Einstein.

  14. Joe Seamhead - Jan 16, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Strasburg was at both of the last two NatsFests. I was at both of them and saw him up close and personal. ALR was there the year before last, not sure about last year. Davey was there, [he autographed my Davey Johnson jersey]. MicheleS, we won't be going this year. A friend is throwing a party in my honor.Maybe Rizzo will do the Q&A this year since Davey won't be there. I don't get the LaRoche comment above 5c3cd. He's got adult ADD, but he's a very bright guy.

  15. NatsNut - Jan 16, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    LOLSection 222 said… Dear Mr. Buzzkill,Yeah, way too early. Sincerely, Nats fans January 16, 2013 3:43 PM

  16. NatsNut - Jan 16, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Good work, Michele. You have my permission to wear a Clippard shirsey. =)

  17. Faraz Shaikh - Jan 16, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    i think all fans attending fanfest should wear morse jerseys so he knows how much we care about. he then can persuade Rizzo to not trade him and stay here in reduced role for one more season.

  18. Water23 - Jan 16, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Faraz,Although I would love to have him on the bench, it would be a career mistake for him not to ask for a trade. He is going to hit the FA market next year an needs very solid year to cash in on a multi-year contract.

  19. NatsLady - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Stras will be at least $200 million if he wins a Cy Young award or two and is MVP of a World Series.

  20. Theophilus T. S. - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Water is right. And I don't think he'll have to ask.

  21. Gonat - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Jon Morosi‏@jonmorosi#Mariners close to acquiring Mike Morse, sources tell @Ken_Rosenthal and me.

  22. MicheleS - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    AND more news…Jon Morosi‏@jonmorosi#Mariners close to acquiring Mike Morse, sources tell @Ken_Rosenthal and me.

  23. Gonat - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Hold the line at Michael Morse's autograph table.

  24. natsfan1a - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Eh, nothing to get. Just another ad hominem attack by an anonymous Internet commenter. ;-)I don't get the LaRoche comment above 5c3cd. He's got adult ADD, but he's a very bright guy.

  25. Gonat - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Michele, add a drink for me.

  26. peric - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    There goes Morse … and here comes AJ Cole starting pitching prospect.

  27. MicheleS - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    We got AJ Cole back per Kilgore in the deal

  28. peric - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Looks like someone else isn't showing for Natsfest 2013.

  29. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    There's the 3 team trade, just not the blockbuster I envisioned. Maybe Texas and the Nats still hook up.

  30. peric - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    John Jaso would have been an interesting acquisition for the Nats as well. A left-handed hitting catcher? The Nats could certainly use one.

  31. Gonat - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Not a bad trade. Not a great trade. TyMo just exhaled.

  32. MicheleS - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    There is more to the deal. at least two more players coming to the Nats besides Cole

  33. Gonat - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Michele is bringing it!

  34. baseballswami - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Will miss you, Mike!

  35. Gonat - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Ghost Of Steve M. said… There's the 3 team trade, just not the blockbuster I envisioned. Maybe Texas and the Nats still hook up. January 16, 2013 6:53 PM _________________________________You had the 3 team trade right and you had Seattle as one of the phones ringing. Just not a trade you would call a blockbuster.

  36. peric - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    2013 in the first round the Nats select AJ Cole right-handed starter.

  37. natsfan1a - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Yes, Comak says she heard a "good" prospect and a PTBNL as well as Cole.Good luck and happy gorse-hacking to Morse.

  38. peric - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Maybe Texas and the Nats still hook up. Relief pitching plus overflow position player prospects.

  39. BigCat - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Cole started in high A Stockton in the California League last year, a notorious hitters league, and got absolutely blistered. 0-7 with an ERA just under 8.00. They sent him to low A in the Midwest League and he flourished 6-3 with a 2.07 ERA. He is still a youngster. But to give up Morse for him even up is terrible. Hopefully Michele is right and there is more to the deal

  40. Gonat - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Danny Knobler as CBS Sports is also saying AJ Cole + 2 more players.

  41. Teddy Rochlis - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    whats the consensus on the trade and getting cole back?

  42. MicheleS - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    BTW.. 1A is right, I read off Amanda's twitter feed. Just typing as fast as I can for those that are not on the Tweeter. HI DAVEY!!!

  43. MicheleS - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Teddy right now, the Mariners are getting ROASTED for trading Jaso to the A's.

  44. BigCat - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    What is it that Nats Jack always says "In Rizzo I trust."

  45. Teddy Rochlis - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    I heard we got a "good" prospect and a PTBNL 3 players for Morse pretty good depending on how we devolop Cole, and who the other prospect is so far.

  46. Teddy Rochlis - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Yah i have seen that so far MicheleS not happy for trading Jaso, A's fans are loving it as far as I know.

  47. SCNatsFan - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    As stated above, TyMo is the happiest guy in the room.Will miss Morse, wonder if the Mariners have Take Me On on their playlist.Have to reserve judgement until we see what we get back but Cole was the one guy I hated to lose in the Gio trade.

  48. BigCat - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    I would think Cole would start in Potomac next year.

  49. MicheleS - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    SCNats. From the splits with Cole last year he did better after they moved him to the low A team. So there is hope.

  50. Gonat - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Jaso was a top prospect in the Tampa system but his ratings dropped and Tampa traded him.

  51. SCNatsFan - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Michele he is young and a project but Rizzo must see something he likes

  52. Teddy Rochlis - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    I think Rizzo liked Cole, glad we got him back, hopefully he flourishes under our system like he did two years ago, still 21, waiting on judgement until we know the "good" prospect (fingers crossed for Zunino lol) curious what FG has to say about the trade, because they severally critized Morse and his value.

  53. MicheleS - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    teddy.. Dave Cameron is GOING APE on the Mariners.

  54. MicheleS - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    And Mark New Posted us

  55. 3on2out - Jan 17, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    From the Mariners he came and to the Mariners he returns. He paid his dues with the Nats…worked his way off the bench…served credibly at two positions…was part of one amazing winning season and now it's back to the left coast, rain and losing baseball. At least their rookie quarterback's ligaments are all intact. We will miss Mikey Mo.

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