Originally posted on The Nats Blog  |  Last updated 6/26/13
When I decided I wanted to write this post on The Nationals Archive, I wasn’t exactly sure what I was going to say about them or how I was going to say it, but I knew I wanted to learn more about the site that everyone in NatsTown, from fans to players to media, has started to notice. Earlier this week, I asked questions of The Archive’s eight members, and while I didn’t directly ask this question, it quickly became clear what the most important question was to the Archivists themselves: How can we make baseball fun for both fans and players? It all started last year with a bunch of talented and creative people creating photoshops and trying to generate Nats interest on Twitter. Jack O’Beam (@JackoBeam), Jayson Werth’s Beard (@JWerthsBeard), and Allan Petersen (@ambp77) connected and started casually putting together some fun memes and photoshops, including “The Other Guys” photoshop featuring Ross Detwiler and Edwin Jackson. Meanwhile, before Nats Archive was officially created, other creative Nats minds were doing similar work. Kurt (@FakeFP) worked on images of his own while maintaining a satire blog. Brendan (@DCSportShopped) had created photoshops for the Nats and Capitals. Johann (@NLBeastNats) was creating popular Nats memes on Twitter. Max (@maxduchaine) had his own t-shirt site, and Laura (@LauraRoose) was doing some photoshops on her own. Eventually, they decided that maybe putting all of their work on one site was the best way to keep track of and share their creations, and The Nationals Archive was born. Now, the Archivists don’t consider themselves just photoshoppers, nor are they just “the t-shirt guys.” Through their creations and their social media presence, they want to change how Washington Nationals fans interact with each other and the team, both online and in person. So far, they’ve done so with creative edited photos, some brilliant t-shirts, and some key relationships. The first of those relationships was cultivated between Allan and Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond. After being connected to Desmond through a veteran’s charity named Quilts of Honor, Allan sent Desmond some photoshops for his Twitter account. Then, he sent some t-shirts. The back-and-forth relationship between The Archive and Desmond ultimately earned him the title of “Honorary Archivist,” which he recently touted proudly in a MASN post-game interview. The photoshops and t-shirts that Allan sent Desmond were just the beginning of what became a larger interest than any of the Nats Archive members expected. Before they knew it, Bryce Harper was requesting a “Run Until They Tag You” t-shirt that he helped inspire. Ryan Zimmerman and Kurt Suzuki were also spotted wearing Nats Archive t-shirts during pre-game workouts and post-game interviews after The Archivists sent some to the Nationals clubhouse. Originally, The Archive planned on making t-shirts just for themselves. When they saw that both fans and players actually wanted their t-shirt creations, it was important to them that something good came from the sales. They decided to donate all profits from the t-shirts to three charities: the ZiMS Foundation, which earned them great respect from Zimmerman and his wife, Heather, the Nationals Dream Foundation, and the Wounded Warrior Project. The Archivists were all pretty much in agreement about their favorite aspect of being part of the site, too. They love interacting with each other, they love being creative with Nats storylines, and they love seeing their ideas grow organically. As a result, they’ve been able to create things for fun that people like, start to bridge the divide between fans and players, and make a difference for three worthy charities. I’d say those are fine results for less than one year’s work. In my interview questions, I asked the Archivists what was next for Nats Archive, and Allan was able to really get to the core of the question I was trying to ask: “What is the goal of the Nats Archive?” He said he wants to “expand on what we're doing until the Nationals have the best online fanbase in Major League Baseball.” I’d say that’s a great goal for any fan site, especially one that’s shown the ability to reach out and collaborate with the right people. Nats Archive’s stuff is witty, funny, and sometimes even a little crazy, and that’s exactly what brings out the best in the fans and players and gets the most out of the fan experience. Combine that with their charitable outreach efforts, and you’ll see why everyone’s getting on board what The Archive is trying to do: create a fun, social experience for the game we all love. I, for one, can’t wait to see what they do next. Note: Some of the names in this post are real, others are pseudonyms. I’ll let you decide which is which. I’m personally convinced “Beard” is a real first name.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Cowboys fear Lance Dunbar has torn ACL, MCL

Adam Schefter: Richard Sherman blocked me on Twitter

Martellus Bennett compared Jay Cutler to Jesus

Jimmy Johnson thinks 49ers need to move on from Colin Kaepernick

Pat Murphy won't be back as Padres manager next year

Brian Cushing's wife gets upset with Houston talk show host


Marshawn Lynch won't play against Lions on MNF

DeMarco Murray unhappy with role in Eagles' offense

Big 12 admits officiating error in Oklah St-K State game

George Karl apologized to DeMarcus Cousins for trade comment

Jason Whitlock, ESPN part ways again

Devonta Freeman is scoring touchdowns at a historic rate

Top 10 takeaways from Sunday’s Week 4 NFL action

Eight notable NFL Week 4 winners and losers

Professor moves student’s exam to accommodate Cubs playoff game

WATCH: Adrian Peterson torches Broncos for marathon touchdown

Don Orsillo gives moving farewell to Red Sox fans on NESN

WATCH: Ichiro Suzuki takes the mound for the Marlins

Clay Matthews taunts Kaepernick with Russell Wilson line

Jay Feely shares thoughts on why NFL kickers are struggling

Female reporters blocked from entering NFL locker room

Pierre Garcon makes awesome game-winning TD catch

WATCH: Mario Williams obliterates Rashad Jennings

WATCH: Ed Dickson scores TD on crazy fumble recovery

WATCH: Nelson Agholor makes incredible one-handed catch

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 takeaways from Sunday’s Week 4 NFL action

Eight notable NFL Week 4 winners and losers

Jimmy Johnson: Move on from Kaepernick

WATCH: Ichiro Suzuki pitches for the Marlins

Philbin not worried about job status

London PR guy trolls Suh

10 takeaways from Week 5 of the college football season

Rick Pitino and the shadows that never leave

Chad Johnson ... Steelers kicker?

Flacco deserves more from the Ravens

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker