The Washington Nationals have committed to an exhibition game at the U.S. Naval Academy for the next three years, and the 2017 opponent will be the Boston Red Sox. The team also added a March 31 Nationals Park exhibition against the BoSox.
Tickets for the Naval Academy for the April 1 game are not available to the public. The Nationals and Red Sox will distribute complimentary tickets to Naval Academy midshipmen, as well as select members of the U.S. Navy. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
“One of the Nationals’ core community platforms is to support the military, which we do through a variety of initiatives, including our in-game Salute to Service, Military Branch Days, and visits by players and coaches to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center,” said Mark D. Lerner, principal owner and vice chairman of the Washington Nationals. “It will be an honor for our players and coaches to take part in these games at the Naval Academy, in front of the brave men and women who have committed to serve our country.”
This year’s game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. ET and will be played at Max Bishop Stadium, home of the Naval Academy’s baseball team.
“We’re really excited about this partnership with the Washington Nationals to have the opportunity to showcase the Naval Academy on a national stage,” said Vice Admiral Walter E. “Ted” Carter Jr., 62nd superintendent of the United States Naval Academy.
“As a team that has had a number of players who served in the Navy in two world wars, most notably Ted Williams, we are honored to be part of this special exhibition at the Naval Academy and to play in front of hundreds of midshipmen,” said Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. “And given our deep commitment to caring for veterans in all service branches through our Home Base program, we welcome the opportunity to share what we’ve learned in combating ‘the invisible wounds of war.’ We can think of no better way to take us into the 2017 season.”