Nationals 2015 Promotion/Giveaway Scedule: Bobbleheads, nesting dolls, garden gnome, Jayson Werth Chia pet, Star Wars night and more highlight 10th anniversary celebration

NOTE: Updated to include all dates and giveaway items

Washington Nationals Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer Valerie Camillo revealed details of the Nats’ 2015 promotion schedule at a season plan holder event Saturday at Nationals Park. Highlights include bobbleheads, a garden gnome, nesting dolls, and theme nights suggested by fans.
Washington Nationals Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer Valerie Camillo

Washington Nationals Commemorative Tin

Washington Nationals 10 year anniversary logo 20152015 marks the tenth anniversary of baseball’s return to Washington, and the milestone will be the centerpiece of the team’s marketing campaign, with season-long promotions celebrating ten years of memorable moments. Fans will be encouraged to use the hashtag #Nat10nals in social media throughout the year.

The theme will be highlighted on what the team is calling “10-Year Tuesdays,” one Tuesday each month that will feature special guests, pregame ceremonies, and a collectible keepsake for the first 10,000 fans. The giveaways collectively will fit inside a commemorative tin, which will be the giveaway for the first 25,000 fans on opening day.

The tin features a new 10 year anniversary logo that will also appear on jerseys worn by Nationals players and coaches, official game balls, bases and lineup cards throughout the season.

Five bobbleheads will be distributed commemorating great moments in Nationals history. As was announced last week, these and five other major giveaway items were being revealed by fans as part of the Ten Days of Teddy promotion.

Commemorative items include a Livan Hernandez bobblehead commemorating the Nationals’ first home game, a Ryan Zimmerman bobblehead commemorating the first game at Nationals Park, a Stephen Strasburg bobblehead commemorating his 14-strikeout major league debut, a Jayson Werth bobblehead commemorating his playoff game 4 walk-off from 2012, and a Jordan Zimmermann bobblehead commemorating his 2014 no-hitter. Other items revealed include a commemorative mini lineup card from the 2005 inaugural game, a commemorative coin and a bottle stopper that Camillo says will be perfect for wine bottles. Camillo told the crowd that a sixth bobblehead is still a possibility.

2015 promotions will also include Nationals commemorative nesting dolls, with each of the dolls reflecting a different moment in Nationals history. Ten lucky fans will randomly receive unique “golden ticket” dolls with a unique surprise at the center.

Last year’s Jayson Werth Garden Gnome was the most popular giveaway in team history, and so another gnome giveaway is planned featuring Anthony Rendon. Camillo teased that a unique new giveaway scheduled for August 5 could top the garden gnome in fan popularity. UPDATE: That item will be a Jayson Werth Chia Pet. Camillo said this is the first baseball giveaway of its kind.

Saturday, May 9 will be dedicated to the inaugural 2005 team and its Hall of Fame skipper Frank Robinson. Robinson will return to Nationals Park where he’ll be joined by former players and special guests, and watch as his name is added to the Nationals Park ring of fame.

By popular demand, the team will also introduce “theme nights,” an idea borrowed from other teams an reportedly the subject of frequent suggestions by fans. July 19 will be Star Wars day. Here’s guessing there will be more than one wookie showing up wearing Werth’s #28 jersey.

The known dates are on the schedule below. Additional dates Nats postgame live concerts will be updated here as they are announced:

2015 Washington Nationals
Promotion / Giveaway Schedule

Date/Time Opponent Promotion
Mon 4/6 NYM Commemorative Tin (25,000 fans)
Mon 4/8 NYM Rally Towel (all fans)
Thu 4/16 PHI Black Heritage Night
Fri 4/17 PHI Military Appreciation Night
Sat 4/18 PHI Pups in the Park
Sun 4/19 PHI Screech’s Birthday
Scout Day #1
Kids Run the Bases
Signature Sunday
Tue 4/21 STL 10-Year Tuesday:
Stationery Set
(10,000 fans)
Mon 5/4 MIA Great Moments in Nationals History:
Livan Hernandez Bobblehead Commemorating 2005 First Game in Nationals History 
(25,000 fans)
Tue 5/5 MIA 10-year Tuesday:
Commemorative Bottle Stopper 
(10,000 fans)
Wed 5/6 MIA Weather Day
Fri 5/8 ATL U.S. Navy Night
Sat 5/9 ATL 10th Anniversary Day with Frank Robinson
Sun 5/10 ATL Kids Run the Bases
Signature Sunday
Tue 5/19 NYY Tote Bag (25,000 fans)
Sat 5/23 PHI Women in the Military Day
Pups in the Park
Mon 5/24 PHI 10th Anniversary Poster (10,000 fans)
Kids Run the Bases
Signature Sunday
Mon 6/1 TOR U.S. Army Night
Tue 6/2 TOR 10-Year Tuesday
Commemorative Coin
(10,000 fans)
Wed 6/3 TOR Pups in the Park
Thu 6/4 CHC Great Moments in Nationals History:
Ryan Zimmerman Bobblehead Commemorating 2008 Opening Day of Nats Park 
(25,000 fans)
Sun 6/7 CHC Kids Run the Bases
Signature Sunday
Wed 6/17 TAM LGBT Night Out
Thu 6/18 TAM Ladies Night
Fri 6/19 PIT Pilsner Cup (15,000 fans age 21+)
Sat 6/20 PIT Seniors Stroll the Bases (age 55+)
Champions Day – High School
Scout Day #2
Sun 6/21 PIT Pups in the Park
Kids Run the Bases
Signature Sunday
Wed 6/24 ATL College Rivalry Night:
Virginia vs. Virginia Tech
Fri 7/3 SFG Post-game fireworks
Sun 7/5 SFG Great Moments in Nationals History:
Stephen Strasburg Bobblehead 
Commemorating
14-Strikeout 2010 Debut 
(25,000 fans)
Kids Run the Bases
Signature Sunday
Mon 7/6 CIN Social Fan Event
Tue 7/7 CIN 10-Year Tuesday:
Lapel Pin
(10,000 fans)
Sat 7/18 LAD Scout Day #3
Sun 7/19 LAD Star Wars Day
Kids Run the Bases
Signature Sunday
Tue 7/21 NYM U.S Marine Corps Night
Wed 7/22 NYM Camp Day
Tue 8/4 ARI 10-Year Tuesday:
Replica 2005 Ticket
(10,000 fans)
Wed 8/5 ARI Jayson Werth Chia Pet (25,000 fans)
Thu 8/6 ARI U.S Coast Guard Night
Fri 8/7 COL Post-game fireworks
Sun 8/9 COL Kids Run the Bases
Signature Sunday
Fri 8/21 MIL Cap (15,000 fans)
Sun 8/23 MIL Kids Run the Bases
Signature Sunday
Tue 8/25 SDG Anthony Rendon Garden Gnome (25,000 fans)
Thu 8/27 SDG Pet Day: Player Pet Calendar (10,000 fans)
Sat 8/29 MIA 80s Night
Sun 8/30 MIA Great Moments in Nationals History:
Jayson Werth Bobblehead 
Commemorating 2012 NLDS Game 4 Walk-off Home Run (25,000 fans)
Kids Run the Bases
Signature Sunday
Thu 9/3 ATL Nesting Doll (20,000 fans)
Pups in the Park
Sun 9/6 ATL Kids Run the Bases
Signature Sunday
Tue 9/8 ATL 10-Year Tuesday:
2005 inaugural game miniature lineup card
Wed 9/16 NYM Patriotic Series: Heroes Day
Thu 9/17 MIA Hispanic Heritage Day
Fyi 9/18 MIA U.S Air Force Night
Sat 9/19 MIA Faith Day
Sun 9/20 MIA Kids Run the Bases
Signature Sunday
Fri 9/25 PHI Great Moments in Nationals History:
Jordan Zimmermann Bobblehead 
Commemorating
His 2014 Final Game No-hitter 
(25,000 fans)
Sat 9/26 PHI Pups in the Park
Sun 9/27 PHI Gloves (25,000 fans)
Kids Run the Bases
Signature Sunday

Nats fans plan rubber chicken sacrifice for 5pm Sunday outside Nationals Park

Rubber Chicken Man Hugh Kaufman and Let Teddy Win Sacrifice a chicken at Nationals ParkWashington Nationals Rubber Chicken Sacrifice Burn SageNationals rubber chicken man sacrifice breaks bad luckFollowing Saturday’s epic 18-inning game 2 loss to the San Francisco Giants, a chicken will be sacrificed at 5pm today in front of the Nationals Park Center Field Gate.

Longtime readers know that since 2005, Nationals fan “Rubber Chicken Man” Hugh Kaufman has sacrificed rubber chickens to “get rid of the bad juju” whenever the team has run into a bit of trouble.

Kaufman is encouraging fans to come “honor our pitchers and help wake up our bats,” and promises to bring a number of baseball voodoo items to help ensure success.

When the Nationals had their backs to the wall in the 2012 playoffs, Kaufman performed a similar ritual, sacrificing a chicken before Jayson Werth’s historic walk-off home run carried the team to a Game 4 victory in that year’s NLDS.

Kaufman says has has “sacrificed dozens” over the years. In fact, he says 2014 is the only year in which he performed the ritual only once.

This season’s only sacrifice came after a Memorial Day loss that dropped the team’s record below .500 after 51 games. After that, the Nationals went on a tear for the rest of the season, winning 71 games vs. just 40 losses.

As it is Sunday and there is no game today, plenty of free parking should be available. Kaufman is encouraging fans to wear their Chicken Mode t-shirts.

Racing presidents issue printable pardons excusing fans from work

The Washington Nationals have three weekday games coming up, and so have given fans the OK to play hooky in order to attend.

According to the team, the racing presidents got together during the All Star break to issue the following pardon, which “exempts all Nats fans from previous engagements in order to attend the three weekday afternoon games on August 7, August 21, and September 10.”

You may print out the specific pardon for the game of your choice at nationals.com.

Nationals racing presidents presidential pardon

After Memorial Day loss, fans plan chicken sacrifice Tuesday at Nationals Park

Led by self-styled “Rubber Chicken Man” Hugh Kaufman, Nationals fans will sacrifice a rubber chicken at noon Tuesday outside the Nationals Park centerfield gate.

Nationals rubber chicken man sacrifice breaks bad luckNationals Racing Presidents photo finish - George Washington edges Teddy RooseveltDespite outscoring opponents over the last eight games, the Nationals have won only two of those contests, and find themselves with a losing record after Monday’s 3-2 loss to the Miami Marlins.

As we’ve reported previously, Kaufman has performed the ritual “dozens of times” in the team’s ten year history. The act, which is designed to “remove bad juju” from the ball park, has become less frequent as the team has done well in recent years, but pitcher Gio Gonzalez has adopted the cause, having participated in the most recent sacrifice himself last August. Some fans have begun sporting Chicken Mode t-shirts when Gonzalez pitches.

“Our injury plagued squad has fallen below .500,” said Kaufman. “They need the extra Chicken Mode juju to help heal them, and energize our sedated bats.”

In unrelated news, George Washington edged Teddy Roosevelt wearing military fatigues for the Memorial Day presidents race win.

Kaufman encourages fans to attend on Tuesday. “Although it’s a work day,” he said, “I hope all Nats fans who can make it to this short ritual at lunch time, will come to help add good juju to our team.”

Race video below:

Video for LetTeddyWin.com by YouTube member lfahome

Nationals fans ask “Where’s Terrance?”

Throughout the Nats’ first home series vs. the Atlanta Braves, a question was posed repeatedly on social media by fans at Nationals Park: Where’s Terrance?

Terrance Briscoe Nationals Park Cheerleader Nat Pack Terrance Briscoe Nationals Park Cheerleader Nat PackTerrance Briscoe Nat Pack Cheerleader Nationals Park Oklahoma City ThunderTerrance Briscoe Nat Pack Oklahoma City Thunder NationalsLove him or hate him, the ubiquitous Terrance Briscoe has been a fixture at Nationals Park since joining the Nat Pack cheerleading squad in 2009. Briscoe holds a special role within the Nat Pack, roaming the stadium with a great degree of autonomy and using his booming voice to lead the crowd in cheers.

“He makes Nats Park feel like home!,” said Nats fan Lynne Reynolds, who was one of several fans that started tweeting with the hashtag #WhereIsTerrance over the weekend. “His energy is boundless! He knows how to inspire and rally the crowd.”

“Terrance’s exuberance for the game is amazing,” said season ticketholder Lisa Milisa. “How can you not smile and cheer whenever he’s around?“

So where’s Terrance?

“I have been visiting my parents in Oklahoma City,” Briscoe said Sunday via email. That, and also leading the crowd in cheers for the NBA’s Northwest Division leading Oklahoma City Thunder.

“The difference between working a NBA crowd as oppose to a MLB crowd is the constant game flow,” Briscoe said. “There is not a lot of down time such as space in between at bats, pitches, and innings. It’s an effort to keep guests in the arena optimistic, loud, and smiling.”

Briscoe sent his love to Nationals Park fans, along with a promise. “When the playoffs are over,” he said, “I will be back in Washington, D.C. to help fire up the fans. I would like to work for the Nationals as long as they will have me.”

That may take some time. The Thunder has the second best record in the NBA, led by league-leading scorer Kevin Durant. If the Thunder makes it to the NBA Finals, Briscoe could be in Oklahoma until mid-June.

In the meantime, Briscoe’s message for Nats fans is one of patience: “Continue to be optimistic, along with diligently displaying your Natitude for each and every game.”

Oklahoma City Thunder Photos courtesy of Wendall Curry

Details/Photos from new food stands at Nationals Park

Nationals Park Sushi - Washington Nationals Stadium Food

Sushi made to order at South Capitol Sushi

Nationals Park Sushi Menu - South Capitol Sushi - Washington Nationals Stadium Food

The Washington Nationals unveiled more than a half dozen diverse new food options to Nationals Park fans on Friday, and the early buzz was almost universally positive, despite several stands selling out of signature items.

In previous years, many of the stadium’s ethnic and “upscale” offerings had been isolated to the Scoreboard Walk and restricted Club level, but the newest concessions have brought more variety to the main concourses where most of the park’s foot traffic occurs.

Directly behind the Nationals’ dugout boxes at Section 129 is a new stand called South Capitol Sushi, where maki sushi is rolled to order.

Selections include vegetarian and cooked options, but bright, fresh raw tuna and salmon were on hand to be sliced to order for the spicy tuna and salmon avocado rolls. As a bonus, at $8.00 each, they looked to be a relative value considering the quality of the ingredients on display.

Nationals Park Sushi - Washington Nationals Stadium Food

South Capitol Sushi – Section 129

Lines were forming as early as 11:00am at the new Nationals Park outpost of “Top Chef” celebrity Mike Isabella’s G Gourmet Sandwiches behind section 136 along the first base line. The trimmed-down menu features five items from the 14th Street restaurant, including a hot chicken parmesan sub that was drawing raves in the stands, a delicious but very messy hot roasted cauliflower sub with romesco and pickled vegetables (extra napkins required), a cold stuffed Italian hero, and the eponymous “Drewno,” a delicious (if pricey) house-made kielbasa with sauerkraut, named not for the Nat’s reliever, but for Chef Scott Drewno from DC’s The Source.

If you’re hungry, the G Italian hero is easily the largest sandwich served at any of the Nats Park stands. The Italian meats are high quality, but they are inexplicably dressed not only with oil and vinegar but also mayo. The sandwiches were so popular that Isabella, who was on hand for opening day, ran out of food and had to shut down the stand by the fourth inning.

G Sandwiches by Mike Isabella at Nationals Park - Washington Nationals Stadium Food

G Gourmet Sandwiches by Mike Isabella – Section 136

G Sandwiches by Mike Isabella at Nationals Park - Washington Nationals Stadium Food

G Gourmet Sandwiches by Mike Isabella Menu

Mike Isabella's G Roasted Cauliflower Sandwich Nationals Park

Mike Isabella’s G Roasted Cauliflower Sandwich (extra napkins required)

Mike Isabella's G Italian Hero Sub Sandwich Nationals Park

Mike Isabella’s enormous G Italian Hero

Mike Isabella's Drewno G Sandwich Kielbasa Nationals Park

The Drewno features house-made kielbasa and sauerkraut

Nationals Park G Sandwich Chicken Parm by Mike Isabella - Photo by  MAURA JUDKIS Washington Post

The G Chicken Parm Sandwich (Photo:Maura Judkis/Washington Post)

On the third base side of the main concourse behind section 114 is the new Chesapeake Crab Co., offering a simple menu of crab cakes, a crab grilled cheese with brie on sourdough, or crab “snack chips,” an upscale take on nachos featuring Old Bay kettle chips, crab queso, roasted corn and tomato salsa.

Chesapeake Crab Cake Co. - Washington Nationals Park - Stadium Food

Chesapeake Crab Cake Co. – Section 114

Menu: Chesapeake Crab Cake Co. - Washington Nationals Park - Stadium Food

Chesapeake Crab Cake Co. Menu

Crab Grilled Cheese - Chesapeake Crab Cake Co. - Washington Nationals Park - Stadium Food Options

Crab Grilled Cheese with Brie on Sourdough

Crab Nachos - Photo by Scott Allen Washington Post

Crab Shack Chips (Photo: Scott Allen/Washington Post)

Vegans, vegetarians, and those looking for healthy options will welcome the new Field of Greens food stand behind section 113 on the third base side. The extensive menu includes cold salads, vegetables and fruit, plus a number of soy-based imitations of more traditional ballpark food, such as burgers, hot dogs, and even a cheese steak.

Field of Greens - Vegan Food - Washington Nationals Park - Vegetarian Option

Field of Greens – Section 113

Field of Greens Menu - Vegan Food - Washington Nationals Park - Vegetarian Option

Field of Greens Menu

Nationals Park Vegan Food Stand - Field of Greens - Veggie Cheese Steak - Washington Nationals Stadium

The Veggie Cheese Steak at Field of Greens – Section 113

Grilled Portobello Sandwich - Washington Nationals Park Stadium - Field of Greens - Vegan Food Stand

The Grilled Portobello Sandwich at Field of Greens – Section 113

Salads at Washington Nationals Park Stadium - Field of Greens - Vegan Food Stand

Veggie Chop Salad, Greek Salad, Fruit Cup, and Veg Out Cup at Field of Greens

Burrito fans can herald the return of Bullpen Burritos to Nationals Park. Bullpen Burritos was a fixture at the stadium when it opened in 2008, but the stand disappeared in 2010. Now it’s back, featuring made-to-order steak, chicken or vegetarian burritos and burrito bowls, with a choice of toppings including rice, beans, guacamole, roasted tomatillo salsa, and pico de gallo.

Nationals Park Bullpen Burritos

Bullpen Burritos – Section 140

Bullpen Burritos - Photo by Scott Allen/Washington Post

Bullpen Burritos Burrito Bowl (Photo: Scott Allen/Washington Post)

Fans up on the 200 level can now add a thai noodle stand, including vegetarian option other than the Shake Shake ‘Shroom Burger, to the popular food choices along the Scoreboard Walk. Intentional Wok can be found behind section 233, and offers a simple menu of pad thai, drunken noodles, or veggie noodles, all cooked by batch in woks and served in classic takeout food containers with chopsticks.

Nationals Park Chinese Food Stand - Intentional Walk - Washington Nationals Stadium Food Stand/Cart

Intentional Wok – Section 233

Nationals Park Chinese Food Stand - Intentional Wok - Stadium Menu

Intentional Wok Menu

Nationals Park Chinese Food Stand - Intentional Walk - Washington Nationals Stadium Food Stand/Cart

Pad Thai at Intentional Wok

Chinese Food Container at Intentional Wok Nationals Park

Intentional Wok serves noodles in traditional takeout food containers

And it doesn’t stop there. The Nats added another location for Ben’s Chili Bowl behind section 141, and adult beverage choices also received an upgrade, with two new carts serving local craft beers that will change throughout the season, plus several new outposts (near sections 113, 130, and 306) offering pre-mixed cocktails with barrel-aged bourbon.

To be clear, there have been good food options at Nationals Park for years. If you haven’t had Ben’s Chili Bowl Half Smoke, you haven’t had the full Nationals Park experience. The shawarma and falafel at Max’s Kosher Grill behind section 143 continue to be the sandwiches to beat in the stadium (but being strictly kosher, they are not open on Fridays and Saturdays). Jammin’ Island Barbeque makes great jerk chicken and ribs. Hard Times Cafe Cincinnati chili still warms the soul on cool evenings (and has the fastest service in the park), and Fluffy Thoughts Bakery behind section 135 is the undisputed dessert king. The Scoreboard Walk restaurants from Union Square Restaurant Group (Blue Smoke, Shake Shack, Box Frites, and El Verano) remain incredibly popular, and the team’s outside food policy is still the best in professional sports.

However it’s safe to say that until now, interesting and healthy food options for the average fan remained the exception in a sea of bland burgers and chicken fingers. The plethora of interesting new options should help both attract more fans and smooth out the lines at all of the food stands throughout the Park.

So what have you tried and what do you recommend?

Nationals Fans Choice bobblehead vote between Tyler Clippard, Adam LaRoche, Matt Williams

Nationals fans have until this Friday to submit their votes for the “Fans Choice” bobblehead to be given away to the first 25,000 fans at the team’s penultimate home game Saturday, September 27.

The finalists are pitcher Tyler Clippard, first baseman Adam LaRoche, and manager Matt Williams.

Fans can vote via text, Twitter, or Facebook, and will be automatically entered to win a prize package from the Nationals. There is no limit to the number of times a fan can vote.

VIA TEXT: Text 5 for Williams, 25 for LaRoche or 36 for Clippard to 99778

VIA TWITTER: Tweet #NatsBobbleVote plus #ClippardBobble, #LaRocheBobble or #WilliamsBobble

VIA FACEBOOK: Like the photo of your choice on the team’s Fan Choice Bobblehead album.

UPDATE: Tyler Clippard was the runaway winner.

Photo: Keith Allison

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