Around Town: Opening Day Fest 2016 @ Bluejacket, 4/7/16

Bluejacket Opening Day Fest

Washington Nationals baseball is almost back! Their home opener is April 7th against the Miami Marlins.

With the reigning National League MVP, Bryce Harper, leading the charge we can only hope the Nats recover from their epic fade last season.

Before the game, celebrate. Trek down to Bluejacket for their annual Opening Day Fest, to commemorate the new baseball season and the Nationals.

This year the Fest will be a block party with games and music, with all the beers from Bluejacket you can handle. They’ll also have Red Apron sausages, along with oysters, burgers and more. They will even have a ‘to-go’ box in case you need to be elsewhere…like a game.

Opening Day Fest 2016
Bluejacket
Thursday, April 7, 2016
12:00-4:00pm
Free Admission (Food/Beer will cost)
All ages

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

Sports Park: The Nationals’ Homestand vs. the Marlins, Orioles & Phillies, 9/17-9/28/15

Nationals vs. Phillies: 6/28/2015Stephen 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.

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Sports Park: The Nationals’ Homestand vs. the Braves & Mets, 9/3-9/9/15

DSC02153Max Scherzer is 11-11 with a 2.89 ERA on the season

The Nationals finished a respectable 6-3 on their most recent homestand. We’ll take it.

But then they played the Cardinals on the road. No one beats the Cardinals. They did salvage one game yesterday, as Max Scherzer pitched a solid game (6 innings, 10 strikeouts, 2 runs), but he didn’t pick up the win. Rafael Martin got it.

HUGE 7-game homestand coming up! Time to find out what the Nationals are made of. They play the lowly Braves and then play the exact team they need to beat, the New York Mets. If they can’t beat the Mets now, their chances at a playoff push are pretty much over.

Throughout the month of September the Washington Nationals will celebrate their loyal fans as part of Fan Appreciation Month. Fans can win prizes during home games.

For game tickets and more information, call 202.675.NATS(6287) or visit nationals.com/tickets.

 

Thursday, September 3 vs. Atlanta Braves

  • The first 20,000 fans to enter Nationals Park through ALL GATES will receive a five-piece Nesting Doll featuring players and managers from throughout Nationals history. This item marks the first Nationals giveaway to feature Max Scherzer. Golden Tickets will be randomly placed inside 100 of the Nesting Doll boxes — redeemable for a larger, 10-piece Nesting Doll set. Once a fan finds a Golden Ticket, they will got to a special Willy Wonka-themed room to redeem their 10-piece set. Willy Wonka will also be at Nationals Park, handing out candy.
  • Nationals fans and their canine friends can enjoy the fifth Pups in the Park game from a designated Pup Zone in the Family Picnic Area. Featuring pet sitters and representatives from the Washington Humane Society and Fetch! Pet Care, owner tickets are available for $26, while dog tickets cost $10. All proceeds from the dog tickets benefit the Washington Humane Society. Visit nationals.com/pups for tickets.

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Sports Park: The Nationals’ Homestand vs. the Brewers, Padres & Marlins, 8/21-8/30/15

Bryce Harper

Wow. What a difference a few weeks make. The Nationals are on an epic, uncontrolled tailspin in August with little end in sight. They did win two out of three against the Rockies. And now they have a nine-game homestand to look forward to.

From first place and a joyous time for us fans to second place and a dip below .500.

The Nationals are four games behind the Mets, who seem to be on a mission to make Jon Stewart the happiest man on Earth (as a Mets fan). Jon, I want you back at the Daily Show immediately, but I hope your Mets crash and burn.

The Nationals have gone 6-13 in August, including a four-game sweep by the Giants. Bah.

I repeat. Bah. It’s time to put up or shut up.

Yet, I still believe. Plus, if you plan on attending any games next week, look out for a Rendon Gnome, a Werth Bobblehead and even an ’80’s night.

For game tickets and more information, call 202.675.NATS(6287) or visit nationals.com/tickets.

Friday, August 21 vs. Milwaukee Brewers

  • The first 15,000 fans (21 years and up) to enter Nationals Park through ALL GATES will receive a Nationals cap presented by Miller.
  • As fans exit the ballpark, Good Humor will provide complimentary samples of an array of Good Humor ice cream novelties outside Center Field Gate on N Street. Available while supplies last.

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Sports Park: The Nationals’ Homestand vs. the Diamondbacks and Rockies, 8/3-8/9/15

Jayson Werth, Bryce HarperJayson Werth and Bryce Harper

Uh-oh. The Nationals have picked a bad time to lose games. They just got swept in a 3-game series in New York by the Mets. Now both teams are deadlocked for 1st place in the NL East.

They did win two out of three games against the Mets two weeks ago, but they negated that gain with this latest lack of effort.

Two months left in the season and lots of work to do. No need to get down. The Nats are still very much alive.

Besides, on Wednesday night the promotion is a Jayson Werth Chia Pet. It will be spectacular.

For game tickets and more information, call 202.675.NATS(6287) or visit nationals.com/tickets.

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Sports Park: The Nationals’ Homestand vs. the Dodgers and Mets, 7/17-7/22/15

Washington NationalsThe Nationals look to win the NL East

Major League Baseball’s All-Star break is over. Now back to reality and the second half of the season.

The Nationals are poised for a run at the NL East Division title. Let’s do this!

The Nats play the Dodgers and Mets over the next six days. They have a 2 game lead over the aforementioned Mets, so that will be a huge series.

This Sunday is Star Wars Day.

Come cheer for your Nats.

For game tickets and more information, call 202.675.NATS(6287) or visit nationals.com/tickets.

 

Friday, July 17 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Enjoy Spanish-inspired sandwiches and seasonal soups from Pepe Food Truck by José Andrés at Nationals Park. On Friday and Sunday, the truck will be stationed inside the ballpark near the Right Field Gate.

Saturday, July 18 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies, Cub Scouts, Daisies, Eagle Scouts and other groups are invited to Nationals Park for the third Scout Day event of the season. Groups will participate in a parade on the field before the game. For more: nationals.com/groups.
  • As fans enter the ballpark, Peet’s Coffee will provide complimentary samples of Peet’s Iced Coffee outside Center Field Gate on N Street SE. Available while supplies last.

Sunday, July 19 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Join the first-ever STAR WARS™ Day at Nationals Park. The first 25,000 fans to enter through ALL GATES will receive a Washington Nationals edition R2-D2 Can Cooler, courtesy of ThinkGeek. Fans can enjoy special menu items, entertainment and STAR WARS™ characters roaming the ballpark. DJs will be in Center Field Plaza and Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk, spinning music from the movies. In addition, there will be several STAR WARS™ activation stations on the concourse, each with characters and photo backdrops to create lasting memories of the day. Come dressed in your favorite Star Wars attire. However, adults are not allowed to wear masks that cover their face. Young children under the age of 10 can wear masks when accompanied by an adult 21 years or older. Any props resembling weapons will not be allowed into Nationals Park (this includes lightsabers and toy guns).

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Sports Park: The Nationals’ Homestand vs. the Giants and Reds, 7/3-7/8/15

Bryce Harper Bryce Harper is third in home runs in the National League with 24

 

The Nationals had a very healthy June (15-11) and moved back into first place. They currently have a 3.5 game lead over the Mets.

They play the Giants at home over Independence Day weekend, and then the Reds next week.

And Calvin Coolidge is the new Racing President!

For game tickets and more information, call 202.675.NATS(6287) or visit nationals.com/tickets.

Friday, July 3 vs. San Francisco Giants

  • Enjoy a special patriotic fireworks display to kick off Independence Day weekend. Prior to the fireworks, fans will be treated to a performance in the outfield by the United States Navy Ceremonial Guard Drill Team.

Saturday, July 4 vs. San Francisco Giants

  • Independence Day Presented by SAIC: In honor of our nation’s independence, the Nationals will host the third of four games included in the 2015 Patriotic Series. Pregame ceremonies are dedicated to members of the military.

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Around Town: Get Ready for July Part 2

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DC, so much to do in July!

From Dave Grohl celebrating 20 years of Foo Fighters, to the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg bobblehead night, to the start of Screen on the Green, there are infinite options to keep you occupied this month. See Part 1 of this list here.

Music
Just a few of the many concerts we like in July.

Foo Fighters 20th Anniversary Blowout @ RFK Stadium, 7/4/15
Enjoy the 4th of July with Dave Grohl and gang, along with Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, LL Cool J, and more.

Metric and Imagine Dragons @ Verizon Center, 7/6/15

Mudhoney @ Black Cat, 7/7/15

Little Boots @ U Street Music Hall, 7/25/15

Friday Night Concert Series @ Yards Park – July

  • Almost Journey (Journey Tribute), 7/3/15
  • Hand Painted Swinger (Pop Hits), 7/10/15
  • Wesley Spangler (Crossover Country), 7/17/15
  • Justin Trawick (Indie Folk Rock), 7/24/15
  • White Ford Bronco (’90’s Covers), 7/31/15

Sports
Nationals’ Home Games @ Nationals Park
The Nats are hot. It’s not a weather thing. Take yourself out to the ballgame. Get a bobblehead.

  • vs. Gaints, 7/3-7/5/15 (Strasburg bobblehead alert, 7/5)
  • vs. Reds, 7/6-7/8/15
  • vs. Dodgers, 7/17-7/19/15
  • vs. Mets, 7/20-7/22/15

Movies and Shows
Screen On the Green @ The National Mall
The Screen on the Green kicks off another season with a few classic movies.

  • North By Northwest, 7/20/15
  • Poseidan Adventure, 7/27/15

Book of Mormon @ The Kennedy Center – July
Laugh. Be offended. Or both. A must see while it’s still in DC!

Sports Park: The Nationals’ Homestand vs. the Rays, Pirates & Braves, 6/17-6/25/15

9THDrew Storen is third in the NL with 19 Saves

The Nationals have been in a rough patch the last couple weeks. They didn’t do much at home the first week of June, going 2-5, and then finished 4-4 on their latest road trip. They have fallen out of first place behind the lowly Mets.

At 34-31, they are still in the thick of the race. This upcoming homestand is the perfect time to overtake the Mets. Again.

On Wednesday, the Nationals send Jordan Zimmerman (5-4, 3.74 ERA) to the mound against the Rays’ Matt Andriese (1-1, 3.76 ERA).

Thursday we’ll see Joe Ross (1-1, 3.46 ERA) finish off the two-game series against the Rays’ ace, Chris Archer (7-4, 2.00 ERA).

You’ll have to wait until Friday, when the Nats play the Pirates, to see Max Scherzer (7-5, 1.93 ERA) continue his Cy Young campaign.

For game tickets and more information, call 202.675.NATS(6287) or visit nationals.com/tickets.

Last week, Major League Baseball’s 2015 First-Year Player Draft was held. The Nationals selected the following players in the first 10 rounds, including Mariano Rivera’s son.

RD Pick Player Position School
2 58 Andrew Stevenson OF Louisiana State University
2 69 Blake Perkins OF Verrado (AZ) High School
3 103 Rhett Wiseman OF Vanderbilt (TN) University
4 134 Mariano Rivera Jr. RHP Iona (NY) College
5 164 Taylor Hearn LHP Oklahoma Baptist University
6 194 Matt Crownover LHP Clemson (SC) University
7 224 Grant Borne LHP Nicholls (LA) State University
8 254 Koda Glover RHP Oklahoma State University
9 284 David Kerian 1B University of Illinois
10 314 Taylor Guilbeau LHP University of Alabama

 

Wednesday, June 17 vs. Tampa Bay Rays

  • Celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Team Store with special events on Wednesday before the game.

Thursday, June 18 vs. Tampa Bay Rays

  • The 9th Annual Ladies Night, featuring live music, player appearances, food samples and more. Even with quadrupling the number of available tickets from last year, 2015 Ladies Night is sold out. Fans can enjoy Ladies Night entertainment and music throughout the ballpark with a regular ticket. For more information, visit nationals.com/ladiesnight.

Friday, June 19 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

  • The first 15,000 fans to enter Nationals Park through ALL GATES will receive a Nationals pilsner cup (ages 21 and over).

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