Sports Park: The Nationals’ Playoffs vs. the Dodgers, 10/7 & 10/8/16

Trea TurnerTrea Turner can hit! (Photo Credit: Keith Allison)

Your Washington Nationals are in the Big Dance! The Major League Baseball playoffs got underway on Tuesday, October 4th with the Toronto Blue Jays beating the Baltimore Orioles (sorry, no bird puns today).

Now it’s time for the Nationals to show us what they’re made of, as they take on the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, October 7th for Game 1 of the NL Division Series.

After six months of consistently good baseball, and a NL East Division crown, your Nationals are poised to actually do more good things in the post-season. They excelled despite a down year for Bryce Harper (.243 BA and 24 HRs after hitting .330/40 HRs in his MVP 2015 season) and late season injuries to Stephen Strasburg.

The stories of contributors are many, but Daniel Murphy (2B) put up a MVP-like season (.347 BA and 104 RBIs). Trea Turner (OF) came in and dominated at the plate the second half of the season (he helped me win my fantasy league…). While Max Scherzer could be the favorite to win another Cy Young Award with his 20-7 record, 2.96 ERA and 284 SOs.

Go Nats!

Division Series Schedule
10/7/16 – Dodgers @ Nationals (5:30pm)
10/8/16 – Dodgers @ Nationals (5:30pm)
10/10/16 – Nationals @ Dodgers (Time TBD)
10/11/16 – Nationals @ Dodgers (Time TBD) – if necessary
10/13/16 – Dodgers @ Nationals (Time TBD) – if necessary

Check for home tickets here, or look for resale options.

Sports Park: The Nationals’ Homestand vs. the Giants, Indians & Braves, 8/5-8/14/16

Daniel Murphy homersDaniel Murphy is your NL Player of the Month (July 2016)

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

Get your tickets here!

Giants – August 5-7
Indians – August 9-10
Braves – August 12-14

1) July’s NL Player of the Month. Yes, indeed, Daniel Murphy is honored again this month (he also won in May), hitting .346. He leads the league in batting average (.356) and hits (136).

2) Star Wars Day! On August 13th get a spiffy Nationals Star Wars t-shirt (only 20,000 of you). Plus Star Wars characters will roam around for photo ops. I predict: all Ewoks.

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Sports Park: Opening Day @ Nationals Park, 4/7/16

Nationals
Let’s Play Ball! But not with these.

Today is your Washington Nationals home opener!

Baseball is back in the Capitol!

The Nationals play the Miami Marlins tonight at 4pm. If you didn’t get tickets, don’t worry they play again on Saturday and Sunday. Then they welcome the Atlanta Braves for a 4-game series, starting Monday, April 11.

Find tickets here.

For today’s game, here are four things to look forward to:

  1. The first 25,000 fans to enter the ballpark through ALL GATES will receive a pair of Nationals sunglasses presented by GEICO.
  2. The 25 Millionth Fan will walk through the gates at Nationals Park. This lucky fan will receive a pair of Opening Day tickets for the next 25 years, as well as a special Nationals jersey and jacket, Nats Bucks credit, acknowledgment in-game on Nats HD and a visit to the Ownership Box.
  3. Flyover by the 71st Fighter Training Squadron “Ironmen” from Langley Air Force Base.
  4. White Ford Bronco will perform at the Budweiser Terrace.

 

For the upcoming season, here are four more things to look forward to:

  1. Star Wars Day – On Saturday, August 13th, the first 20,000 fans will receive a special T-shirt. And there will be Teddybacca! (Teddy as a Wookie)
  2. New food from the Pitch Your Product Culinary Contest – The two winners were Haute Dog and Fries and Pinch Dumplings.
  3. 80’s Night – On Friday, June 10, the first 20,000 fans get a fanny pack! And music!
  4. Pin Exchange – In one of the Team Stores, there will be a board with Pins, which you can add one and take one. Or you can just buy the one you really love. I mention this, because there was a really cool one from the Baltimore Orioles.

 

MLB: Miami Marlins at Washington Nationals
Nationals Park
Thursday, April 7, 2016
4:00pm
All ages

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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