Sports Park: The Nationals’ Homestand vs. the Pirates, Dodgers & Padres, 7/15-7/24/16

Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (3)Wilson Ramos is an MLB All-Star

11 things to look forward to on the Nationals’ homestand.

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Pirates – July 15-17
Dodgers – July 19-21
Padres – July 22-24

1) Second half of the season. The All-Star break is over and the game is in the books (the AL won 4-2) and now it’s time to get back into full baseball mode.

2) 1st Place. Your Nationals are 54-36, with a 6 game lead in the NL East. Let’s keep winning!

3) Bryce Harper (Outfield). MLB All-Star Starter #1. 19 HR, 52 RBI, .256 BA.

4) Dusty Baker bobblehead. Get yours on Tuesday, July 19!

5) Wilson Ramos (Catcher). MLB All-Star #2. 13 HR, 48 RBI, .330 BA.

6) Pre-game entertainment. Come to the Budweiser Terrace at 4:30pm each day, for bands or DJs or trivia. And $5 beer.

7) Daniel Murphy (Second Base). MLB All-Star #3. 17 HR, 66 RBI, .348 BA.

8) Stephen Strasburg (Pitcher). MLB All-Star #4. 12-0, 132 K, 2.62 ERA.

9) Max Scherzer (Pitcher) . MLB All-Star #5. (Replaced Strasburg, who didn’t pitch.) 10-6, 164 K, 3.03 ERA.

10) Bryce Harper kids jersey. Fans 12 and under get a jersey on Sunday, July 24th!

11) Teddy! Your popular Rough Rider leads the Presidents Race standings by one win over George (11-10). Let Teddy win!

Sports Park: The Nationals’ Homestand vs. the Phillies & Cubs, 6/10-6/15/16

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11 things to look forward to on the Nationals’ homestand from June 10-15.

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1) Da Cubs. After getting swept by the Cubs in four games (May 5-8), the Nationals are ready to show the world (June 13-15) what they are made of. Against the team that has best record in baseball.

2) NatsPass! Get a ticket to every home game in June for just $50! Do it!

3) Bryce Harper. May wasn’t a great month for Bryce. He also sat out a few games after getting hit by a pitch. June will be the month he gets hot.

4) 80’s Night. With the all important free fanny pack on Friday, June 10th.

5) Legwarmers. See a pregame concert (5:00-6:30pm) on Friday, June 10th.

6) Get on the field. Both a Seniors Stroll the Bases (June 11) and a Kids Run the Bases (June 12).

7) Steven Strasburg. Tied for 1st in wins (9) and 4th in strikeouts (100), Steven’s NL Cy Young chances are not out of the question. Although, beating out Kershaw and Arrieta will be tough.

8) Nats love dogs. Keep bringing your Pups to the Park #4 on Monday, June 13th.

9) $1 Good Humor ice cream on Tuesday, June 14th.

10) Fanny pack not enough? Come back on Wednesday, June 15th and get a free Tote Bag.

11) Seriously, the NatsPass. 10 home games in June for $50.

Sports Park: The Nationals’ Homestand vs. the Tigers & Marlins, 5/9-15/16

Nationals vs. Phillies: 6/28/2015Stephen Strasburg pitches twice this week. See him both games.

11 things to look forward to this week with the Nationals playing at home.

  1. $1 Hotdogs on Tuesday, May 10th.
  2. A free finely crafted Bryce Harper bobblehead on Wednesday, May 11th.
  3. A 2nd place team glad not to be playing the Cubs anymore. Yikes, a 4-game sweep.
  4. A doubleheader on Saturday, May 14th!
  5. Free Budweiser T-shirts on Saturday. (for Game #1)
  6. Pups in the Park on Saturday. (for Game #2)
  7. Stephen Strasburg on the mound twice! (Monday and probably Saturday)
  8. $5 Beer (in the Budweiser Terrace) up until 35 minutes before first pitch.
  9. Calvin Coolidge joining the Racing Presidents. Six Commanders in Chief in one place!
  10. MLB All-Star Voting! http://mlb.mlb.com/was/fan_forum/all-star-ballot-offer/ (Hint: Vote only for Nationals players.)
  11. A possible Ichiro sighting (with the Marlins). He only needs 53 hits to reach 3,000!

Sports Park: The Nationals’ Homestand vs. the Twins & Phillies, 4/22-28/16

Bryce Harper
Bryce Harper, the best in the game! (Eight home runs after 15 games) (Bryce pictured against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 12, 2015, in Baltimore, Md. — Photo by Keith Allison)

Your Nationals are flying high to start the 2016 campaign. At 11-4, they are in first place in the NL East Division by 3-1/2 games over the Mets.

Stephen Strasburg already has three wins and 21 strikeouts, while Joe Ross has started with a blazing 0.54 ERA after three starts.

This weekend the Nats take on the Twins. On Saturday there is the first Pups in Park (bring your dog!) sponsored by Budweiser (their new beer partner).

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Sports Park: The One About Nationals’ Bobbleheads

Washington Nationals 2016 BobbleheadsGreet your 2016 Bryce Harper (May 11) and Max Scherzer (May 23) Bobbleheads

Baseball player and mascot bobbleheads have really taken off and continue to gain popularity every year. It seems like all the Major League Baseball teams have bobblehead nights.

In St. Louis last year, I watched in fascination as hawkers bartered for and acquired bags full of bobbleheads, to later sell online. It’s become big business for collector’s. (BTW – I kept mine.) I also tried to get a King Felix bobblehead in Seattle, but was shut-down by the insane number of people who came more than two hours early. (BTW – A friend got two (?!?)…and sent one to me in DC. Nice.)

In Marlins Park (Miami), they even have a dedicated Bobblehead Museum with bobbles from all the Major League Baseball teams. I’m sure it has only gotten bigger since I was there four years ago. The Marlins’ website says they currently have over 700!

Why bobbleheads, you ask? What makes them so sought after? Maybe they are the new baseball card. Maybe the world is just crazy. I’ll try to answer this pressing question during the season.

In 2015, your Washington Nationals had five “Great Moments in Nationals History” bobblehead nights.

And in 2016, the Nationals are gearing up for five more bobblehead promotional nights. The first 25,000 fans to these games win the night!

  1. Wednesday, May 11 = Bryce Harper MVP Bobblehead (Pro tip: Your grandkids will want this when Bryce retires in 2033.)
  2. Monday, May 23 = Max Scherzer No-Hitter Bobblehead (Piece #1 of 2) (Pro-tip: Two pieces, this requires synergy and commitment.)
  3. Tuesday, July 19 = Dusty Baker Bobblehead (Pro-tip: This is Dusty’s first year as Manager, let’s welcome him with a bouncing head.)
  4. Friday, August 26 = Max Scherzer No-Hitter Bobblehead (Piece #2 of 2) (Pro-tip: If you didn’t get the first one, better check eBay.)
  5. Friday, September 9 = Nationals Fan Choice Bobblehead (Pro-tip: Fans got to pick which player they want to see immortalized. Stay tuned for the big reveal.)

Of course, the Nationals will have other promotional items for your acquisitional pleasure. Maybe a Bryce Harper Chia Pet? or a Garden Gnome? Yes.

I’d like to go on record in saying, I want to see more Teddy bobbleheads! No April Fooling.

Bobblehead Museum in Marlins ParkYour Nationals in the Bobblehead Museum in Marlins Park

Sports Park: Nationals Winterfest @ Washington Convention Center, 12/12-12/13/15

Nationals Winterfest 2015

The Washington Nationals’ annual fan ‘fest’ is coming this December 12th and 13th to the Washington Convention Center.

They call it Winterfest this year, but it’s the same concept of games, contests, activities, photo ops and transforming into a human snowball.

You can also meet and greet many of your favorite Nationals players. No word on whether newly minted National League MVP, Bryce Harper, will be there, but stay tuned.

Keep the baseball dream alive! In the winter!

Nationals Winterfest 2015
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
December 12 and 13
11:30am-4:00pm (Season plan holders enter at 10:00am)
$30 Adult; $20 Children
All Ages