Perez and Stevenson scored the Nationals’ first run of the season, which was home out of Lucroy’s second inning. Luceroy had a rockier start behind the plate; The first pitch that he landed on left-field seats for a homer by Ronald Acuna Jr., and Max Skager allowed three other homers – including one more wonder – in the first three innings.
But Scherzer found his form and lasted six innings. He was delighted to play in front of fans again, he said, but was surprised by the local restrictions imposed by the Washington, DC government. Only 5,000 fans were allowed in the national park, which was more than 41,000 seats. The allowed capacity, about 12 percent, is by far the lowest in the National League.
“I don’t understand why we can’t have more fans here,” Scherzer said. “Someone explained to me because he means nothing to me. I understand that we need to be safe, I respect the virus, but the top half of the deck can also have our fans. We can safely have more fans here. “
After the nationals won 26–34 last season and won the franchise’s first title, they did not get a chance to play in front of their fans. This affected the team’s performance, said Short Trap Turner, who thought that a small crowd would make a difference.
“Last year, sometimes, we were almost going through the motions,” Turner said. “But I feel that rush, when you’re down 2-0 and you get two runners and they shout for you, you’re like, ‘Okay, come on, let’s get this thing Huh.”
Finally, the national team was heading to Tuesday to play their first game of the 2021 season, becoming the Major’s final team. Even with a bad roster in a mostly empty stadium, it was a day to savor.
“It was very emotional, and it ended really well,” Martinez said. “After this, I’m going to sit in my office, have a nice glass of wine, and then I’m going to line up together tomorrow.”