Nats players didn't even notice new netting right away

Chris Lingebach
July 23, 2019 - 6:28 pm
Nationals players didn't even notice new netting right away

Courtesy of the Washington Nationals Baseball Club

When the Nationals took the field for pre-game warm-ups Monday, their first time back at Nats Park in 15 days, they didn't even notice the newly extended protective netting right away, Sean Doolittle says.

"Hopefully, I don't think it's going to be that weird to get used to," Doolittle tells 106.7 The Fan's Grant & Danny, presented by Lindsay Volvo Cars of Alexandria.

"We were out on the field yesterday before the weather rolled in for a while actually before we noticed the netting," he said. "So I don't think it's that intrusive, and I don't think it's gonna affect sight lines in any way. So I don't know, it's definitely something players have been advocating for for years, and now that the Nationals and some other teams – you mentioned the White Sox – have stepped up, it's really cool to see."

It was announced in June that the Nationals would extend the protective netting. The installation – about 175 feet of netting on each side that extends nearly to each foul pole – began over the All-Star break and was completed in time for the Nationals' return from a nine-game road trip. This is what it looks like.

"There are several places along each foul line, and actually above the dugout, where the netting can be like rolled up, so like players can interact with fans," Doolittle said. "Fans can still get autographs. And then I would imagine once the game starts, those are closed and we'll have to resort to throwing lobs up over the top of the netting.

"But as a way to keep fans safe, as these stadiums are bringing seats closer and closer to the game, I think it's really, really good."

Tuesday marks the first game at Nats Park with the newly installed netting.

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