Morse has fond memories of time with Nats

Morse has fond memories of time with Nats

WASHINGTON -- Giants outfielder Michael Morse returned to Nationals Park for the first time since the Nationals made him part of a three-team trade that sent him to the Mariners in January 2013.

Morse made his mark in Washington after general manager Mike Rizzo acquired him from the Mariners for outfielder Ryan Langerhans. Morse was the Nationals' MVP in 2011, when he hit .303 with 31 home runs and 95 RBIs and became popular with the fans in Washington.

Morse's best moment in a Nationals uniform, he said, was helping the Nationals win their first division title in 2012.

"Whenever you get a chance to go the postseason, it helps a player out in his career," Morse said.

Morse arrived in the visiting locker room around 3:50 p.m. ET on Friday, and he admitted it was weird to be in the opponent's locker room.

"It's weird, and I hope to check it out more often," Morse said. "It feels good to be here. I have a lot of memories. I'm going to focus on winning right now. "

After the game, Morse planned to see his former teammates such as Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth.

"I will just wing it," Morse said on what he plans to do in DC.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. Daniel Popper is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.