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Nationals wear Navy caps during pregame warm-ups to honor shooting victims (pics)


(image courtesy of Hardball Talk)

In the aftermath of the tragic incident on Monday at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. where a gunman murdered twelve people, the Washington Nationals wore Navy caps during pregame warm-ups as a sign of solidarity to anyone who was affected by the terrible tragedy and as a tribute to those who lost their lives.

The Nationals will play a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday after the team’s game at Nationals Park against the Atlanta Braves was postponed. The District of Columbia Police Department used one of the stadium’s parking lots as a location where families could reunite with loved ones working at the nearby Naval Sea Systems command headquarters.

Admiral James A. Winnefeld, the vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, as at Nationals Park Tuesday to hand out the Navy hats players wore during batting practice.

Tyler Clippard (above) was photographed wearing the cap as players prepared for the first game of the day early Tuesday, and Bryce Harper tweeted that he hoped people would wear Navy colors to the games:

What the team did on Tuesday was a token gesture, sure, but anything the Nationals can do to provide some sense of normalcy and maybe even some comfort in the aftermath of such a horrible ordeal is obviously better than doing nothing at all.

[H/T Hardball Talk]