Your Nationals (Photo Credit: Keith Allison)
11 things to look forward to during the last Nationals’ homestand of 2016.
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Diamondbacks – September 26-29
Marlins – September 30-October 2
1) NL East Division Champs! Your Nationals clinched the division crown last Saturday. Pop the champagne and jump around in joy!
2) Playoffs. After this homestand, the Nationals are headed to the 2016 MLB postseason. They will most likely play the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Division Series starting October 7th. Standing room only tickets are available here.
3) Garden Gnome. Get your stylish Ben Revere gnome on Tuesday, September 27th!
Stephen Strasburg pitches twice this week. See him both games.
11 things to look forward to this week with the Nationals playing at home.
- $1 Hotdogs on Tuesday, May 10th.
- A free finely crafted Bryce Harper bobblehead on Wednesday, May 11th.
- A 2nd place team glad not to be playing the Cubs anymore. Yikes, a 4-game sweep.
- A doubleheader on Saturday, May 14th!
- Free Budweiser T-shirts on Saturday. (for Game #1)
- Pups in the Park on Saturday. (for Game #2)
- Stephen Strasburg on the mound twice! (Monday and probably Saturday)
- $5 Beer (in the Budweiser Terrace) up until 35 minutes before first pitch.
- Calvin Coolidge joining the Racing Presidents. Six Commanders in Chief in one place!
- MLB All-Star Voting! http://mlb.mlb.com/was/fan_forum/all-star-ballot-offer/ (Hint: Vote only for Nationals players.)
- A possible Ichiro sighting (with the Marlins). He only needs 53 hits to reach 3,000!
Greet 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!
- Wednesday, May 11 = Bryce Harper MVP Bobblehead (Pro tip: Your grandkids will want this when Bryce retires in 2033.)
- Monday, May 23 = Max Scherzer No-Hitter Bobblehead (Piece #1 of 2) (Pro-tip: Two pieces, this requires synergy and commitment.)
- Tuesday, July 19 = Dusty Baker Bobblehead (Pro-tip: This is Dusty’s first year as Manager, let’s welcome him with a bouncing head.)
- 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.)
- 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.
Your Nationals in the Bobblehead Museum in Marlins Park
Stephen Strasburg is 9-7 with a 3.98 ERA and 125 strikeouts
Oh boy. After a jaw-dropping 5-game winning streak to give us fans a glimmer of hope, the Nationals then proceeded to lose five games in a row, including getting swept by the first place Mets. Effectively eliminating our chances at a playoff spot. Sad face.
Now we sit 7.5 games back and the Nationals’ players can look forward to playing golf and canasta in the off-season.
The Beltway series against the also not good Orioles happens just in time for the Pope’s visit.
This homestand features not one, but two, bobbleheads! Calvin Coolidge (9/21) and Jordan Zimmerman (9/25).
As a bonus, the Nationals have an extra game added to the homestand, a make-up game with the Reds on 9/28.
For game tickets and more information, call 202.675.NATS(6287) or visit nationals.com/tickets.
Pope Francis’ visit to DC: Delays and closures surrounding the papal visit are expected to be significant. Allow plenty of extra time when traveling to and from Nationals Park. To help shorten commute times, Metro will operate at near-rush hour capacity throughout the day on the Wednesday and Thursday of the papal visit, and DDOT has released a series of alternate routes that fans can use to avoid road closures that will be in effect during that time.
Thursday, September 17 vs. Miami Marlins
- The Nationals will honor the contributions of the Hispanic community to baseball and society by hosting Hispanic-themed entertainment throughout the evening. The radio station El Zol 107.9 FM will have DJ Solido at the Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk before the game.
- The Nationals will honor Denard Span for his ongoing commitment to single-parent families as the team’s nominee for the 2015 Roberto Clemente Award.