For three months, Drew Storen remained quiet, the agony of defeat stewing inside him. The last time he appeared before Washington Nationals fans, he stood on the mound at Nationals Park on a chilly October night struggling to find the strike zone in Game 5 of the National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. A two-run lead in the decisive game evaporated into a gut-wrenching two-run loss.

Storen emerged from his offseason on Saturday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, where nearly 5,000 fans gathered for the the team's Nats Fest. He posed for photos with fans for 30 minutes in the main ballroom, wearing a crisp white Nationals jersey over a black shirt and pants. He took the stage in Room 202B for an afternoon question-and-answer session with teammates Danny Espinosa and Corey Brown. When introduced, he received a standing ovation from the crowd.