The Three Keys to Signature Sunday

Aaron Barrett signed autographs for fans before the game on Saturday (Nationals Facebook)
Aaron Barrett signed autographs for fans before the game on Saturday. (Nationals Facebook)

UPDATE September 8, 2015: Autograph vouchers are now distributed in front of Section 103.

The Washington Nationals have so many gracious players who sign autographs for fans before games.  This year we have seen Bryce Harper, Michael Taylor, Blake Treinen and Tyler Moore sign routinely before the start of most games.

One way to improve your odds of going home with an autograph is to head to Nationals Park for Signature Sunday.  The concept of Signature Sunday has not changed much since I first started going to games in 2010.  Two players will sign autographs above the Nationals dugout one hour and ten minutes before the start of the game.

Only a limited number of autograph vouchers are distributed each game in front of Section 103.  If you follow these three guidelines, I can almost guarantee you will have a successful Signature Sunday.

1. Arrive Early

Try to arrive at least 15 minutes before the gates open for Signature Sunday.
Try to arrive at least 15 minutes before the gates open for Signature Sunday.

Get to Nationals Park early.  The center field gate opens two and a two and a half hours before the first pitch.  Try to arrive at least 15 minutes before the gate opens to secure one of the first spots in the security line.  We arrived at 1:15 p.m. for the 4:05 p.m. game on June 7 and were among the first 20 season plan holders to enter the stadium.

2. Head Straight to Section 103

Head straight to section 109 or 140 to pick up the autograph voucher(s).
Head straight to section 109 or 140 to pick up the autograph voucher(s).

Before you get lunch at Hard Times Cafe or Shawafel, head directly to Section 103 to get an autograph voucher.  If you are one of the first fans in the ballpark, you can get an autograph voucher for both players.

3. Get comfortable

There is no need to immediately get in the Signature Sunday autograph lines . Enjoy the ballpark.
There is no need to immediately get in the Signature Sunday autograph lines.  Enjoy the ballpark.

There is no need to immediately head over to the lines in front of the Nationals dugout. Find a nice place to watch players warm up while you are waiting for the autograph session to start.  You will have plenty of time to take pictures and get autographs from other players.  From our experience, the best places to get autographs are in sections 114/115 and sections 131/132.

Three players for the Chicago Cubs, including Joe Ross, signed autographs on Sunday afternoon.
Three players for the Chicago Cubs, including Joe Ross, signed autographs on Sunday afternoon.

Relief pitchers, bench players and players who have the day off are the players who generally sign on Signature Sunday.  Here is a list of the players who I know have signed on Signature Sunday:

  • Joe Ross (2015)
  • Taylor Hill (2015)
  • Sammy Solis (2015)
  • Matt Grace (2015)
  • Matt Thornton (2014)
  • Michael Taylor (2014)
  • Denard Span (2013)
  • Kurt Suzuki (2013)
  • Taylor Jordan (2013)

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