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Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 05/04/2012

D.C. Council, Gray go to bat for Nats

Since February the Washington Nationals have been trying just about everything to ensure that this weekend’s three-game homestand against the Philadelphia Phillies isn’t, you know, attended by more Phillies fans than Nats fans. (Hey, it’s happened before.) With the games set to start tonight, they’re getting help from every quarter — including the D.C. government.

Yesterday, various members of the D.C. Council started offering free tickets to Sunday evening’s game. Council members Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) and Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) all took to Twitter to offer up the tickets to the first takers. Ward 3 residents seemed quickest to jump — not long after first tweeting that they’d have the tickets available, Cheh’s office started putting people on a waiting list.

Every council office similarly got tickets; one staffer told us each office received 70 tickets to hand out. (For 12 council members, that’s 840 tickets.) The tickets aren’t great — mostly outfield seats — but hey, they’re free. (They usually sell in the mid-$20 range.)

Mayor Vince Gray isn’t one to be left out — he formally declared the May 4-6 weekend “Natitude Weekend” (no, really) and asked called upon “all residents to of this great city to join me in celebrating the return of baseball to the nation’s capital.”

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Martin Austermuhle blogs at DCist . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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