Nationals to give military free tickets

The Washington Nationals are giving away tickets to service members on Military Appreciation Night – an event announced to the public a week ago.

Active or retired military personnel can get up to four free tickets for Monday’s game at Nationals Park against the San Francisco Giants.

The Nationals are wearing what they call ”patriotic” uniforms – blue jerseys with a stars-and-stripes curly ”W” on the chest – for the first time.

The team says planning for Monday’s festivities began in the offseason. It’s a coincidence the celebration of the military comes the day after President Barack Obama said terrorist leader Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan.

Nationals manager Jim Riggleman says it’s ”amazing the way the timing worked out.”