WASHINGTON -- Since joining baseball's lineup of stadiums in 2008, Nationals Park has experienced a tough stretch of home openers.
Thanks to a walkoff win over the Atlanta Braves, the Washington Nationals' inaugural game in their new stadium was a memorable one. President George W. Bush threw out the first pitch, and was welcomed by a chorus of boos.
Over the past three seasons, the script has been different. After back-to-back losses to the division-rival Philadelphia Phillies, and a nailbiting defeat last season to the Braves, hopes are high for Thursday's tilt with the Cincinnati Reds.
With that, HuffPost rewinds to those opening games. Did you attend any of the Nationals' home openers? Share your memories with us in the comments section at the bottom.
After playing three seasons at RFK Stadium, the Washington Nationals moved into their brand new facility on March 30, 2008. The 41,546-seat ballpark is situated in Southeast D.C., along the Capitol Riverfront. It took more than $611 million to build and became the first major U.S. stadium to be accredited as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) structure. Here's a look back at the Nationals' home openers, from 2008 forward.
Nationals 3, Braves 2 Attendance: 39,389 The first game at Nationals Park ended with plenty of fireworks. Washington weathered a strong start by Atlanta ace Tim Hudson, taking a 2-2 tie into the bottom of the ninth inning. That's when 3B Ryan Zimmerman etched his place in team history, smacking a two-out walkoff solo home run to seal a 3-2 win for the Nationals. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Phillies 9, Nationals 8 Attendance: 40,386 After dropping six games on the road, the Nationals returned to D.C. for a home-opener tilt with the NL East-rival Phillies. Manager Manny Acta's club jumped out to a 4-3 lead after five innings, but Washington's bullpen failed to close the door. Philadelphia scored four runs in the seventh and one in the eighth, taking a 9-6 lead into the bottom of the ninth. Ryan Zimmerman's two-run home run gave the Nationals hope. But Phillies closer Brad Lidge survived the scare, holding down a 9-8 win.
Phillies 11, Nationals 1 Attendance: 41,290 The Nationals' hopes for a strong start were put to rest by Phillies ace Roy Halladay. The veteran hurler pitched seven seamless innings, allowing one run and striking out nine. The highlight of the game may have been the ceremonial first pitch, when President Barack Obama was booed over his wild throw.
Braves 2, Nationals 0 Attendance: 39,055 In his third career Opening Day start for Washington, Livan Hernandez had a quality outing, allowing only two runs over 6 1-3 innings. But the 36-year-old veteran was failed by his offense. The Nationals mustered zero run support and were shut out by a team of five Braves pitchers.