Play ball! Nationals 2022 season opener against Mets finally begins after rain delay

The Washington Nationals take on the New York Mets in their first regular season game of 2022. Here’s what you need to know for Opening Day.

Washington Nationals right fielder Juan Soto (22) waves to teammates on the first base line before a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park, Thursday, April 7, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

After rain pushed back the start time, the Washington Nationals’ first game of the 2022 regular season against the New York Mets on Thursday at Nationals Park finally started more than four hours later.

Loyal fans waited for hours in the rain in what OMCP reporters at the scene described as a “celebratory” mood that baseball has returned to DC.

And for fans who braved the delays and rainy weather until after the game, trains were suspended between Congress Heights and the Navy Yard for a police investigation. Shuttles were provided for those heading south from Navy Yard.

Start time has changed – again

The game was due to start at 7:05 p.m. after a three-hour delay due to bad weather, but that was again pushed back. At 6:15 p.m. – less than an hour before the tentative start of play – the official Nats Twitter account tweeted an announcement for a second delay, followed by a new time of 8:20 p.m. Thursday.

Sarah Jacobs of WTOP reported that fans were a little disappointed with the rain, but kept their umbrellas handy.

“It’s an American tradition, we’re big baseball fans and we haven’t been able to do this kind of thing for a few years,” Darren said, at the Nats game with his family from Kensington, Maryland. “It’s great to bring them out.”

Two fans who are part of a group of four who attended every opening day said the tradition is a bond of friendship. They still plan to be off work on opening day, they said.

Nationals Park opened to fans after 5 p.m., said Jonathan Stahl, Nationals vice president of experience and hospitality. All tickets and parking passes for the original start time were honored during the postponed game.

“Our whole goal is to pay attention to the predictions and to make sure that when the game starts we’re on the pitch, it’s safe and it’s playable,” director of field operations John Turner said earlier. of the Nationals. Thusday.

Those who don’t want to go out in bad weather can watch the game on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.

Despite the rain, Turner told WTOP that the pitch was designed for drainage.

Opening day of the national championships:

Starting pitchers

Left-hander Patrick Corbin tees off on the mound for Washington. Since having a career year in 2019, the 32-year-old has struggled in each of the past two seasons, racking up a combined 11-23 record with a 5.82 ERA. However, manager Dave Martinez said he saw another pitcher in spring training.

Right-hander Tylor Megill will start for New York. He finished the 2021 season with a 4-6 record in 18 starts with a 4.52 ERA.

Enter the baseball stadium

Entry into Nats Park is expected to be quicker this season as new metal detectors will allow fans to walk through the gates and through the turnstiles to scan their tickets without having to empty their pockets.

This year, fans are only allowed to bring clear, see-through bags. Diaper bags and med bags will be the exception, but you will need to go through ADA-Family Lane, along the center field gate and your bag will be inspected the old fashioned way. Small, non-transparent pouches measuring 5 inches by 7 inches or less are permitted. Learn more about the bag policy.


Fans who arrived at the game may notice that one of Navy Yard’s popular sports bars may not have opened its “straeastery” for pre-game action. Walters owner Jeremy Gifford said he was told by the DC Department of Transportation that his street was not compliant and that “for public safety and traffic safety reasons” the restaurant could not serve it. use on match days.

Inside the stadium, many of this year’s new food options are local, with some options fans haven’t had before. Local favorites you’ll find on the menu this year include Rockland’s BBQ, Hard Times Chili, Duke’s Grocery and Roaming Rooster.

Cash will not be accepted at Nationals Park this year to help speed up queues. Last year, nearly 40% of all food and drink orders were placed through the Ballpark mobile app. This year, team officials hope to expand the use of the app so fans don’t have to wait long, if at all.

Panel with QR code for mobile ordering
The team encourages Nationals Park visitors to use the Ballpark mobile app when ordering food and drink. (WTOP/Nick Iannelli)


What should you expect from this year’s national championships? The WTOP Sports Team discuss expectations for this year’s youth roster and more in this week’s edition of the DC Sports Huddle, which is available to listen before a ball is tossed at Nats Park.

And check out the WTOP Sports Team predictions for this season in the video below.

Alejandro Alvarez, John Domen and Jack Pointer of WTOP contributed to this report.