Nationals Park hosts Heroes Day in makeup game
There was a makeup baseball game Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park and it was also Heroes Day.
Before the Nationals hosted the Cubs, the ceremonial first pitch was delivered by Commander Morgan C. Kane, of the Metropolitan Police Department.
Fallen First Responders were recognized before the game, and the color guard was presented by the Pentagon Force Protection Agency Police Color Guard.
The national anthem was performed by Lieutenant Amy Dant, of Montgomery County Fire Rescue in Maryland. Dant was also slated to perform “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch.
The scoreboard played a 9/11 memorial before the game. Washington was on the road in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Sept. 11 this week.
The game was a makeup of the rainout between the Nationals and Cubs from Sunday at Nationals Park.
The Cubs ended a series at home Wednesday night against the Brewers and arrived at their hotel about 4 a.m. Thursday in the D.C. area. Chicago will begin a series at home Friday with the Reds while the Nationals begin a series Friday in Atlanta.
“What can you do?” said Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo. “It’s not ideal. But it’s where we are at.”
The Cubs could end up playing 30 days in a row as Thursday was originally an off day.
“It’s not about the weather,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “That is not my concern.”
His concern was playing 30 days in a row, which is more than the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) allows under normal circumstances.
But the game needed to be made up since both teams are still mathematically in the playoff hunt, though the Nationals are close to elimination. The Cubs began Thursday one game ahead of the Brewers in the National League Central.
“I haven’t heard our guys complain at all,” Maddon said. “We are here. We are ready to play. It’s an unusual set of circumstances.”
Washington began Thursday 74-72 with five wins in a row, but was eight games back of the first-place Braves.