Washington Nationals Summer Baseball Camp announced

Washington Nationals Baseball Summer CampThe Nationals have opened enrollment for a one week Youth Baseball Summer Camp program for children “of all abilities” age 5 to 13. The program will run four times this summer, with locations in DC, Bethesda, and McLean.

The $499 fee includes a week of professional on-field instruction, a field trip to Nationals Park on a Major League charter bus, a “VIP” tour of Nationals Park including on-field access and the chance to meet a player and get an autograph, and an official Nationals uniform including hat, jersey, pants, socks and belt.

Campers will also have the chance to participate in Baseball Skills Olympics, Home Run Derbies, Fielding and Throwing contests, and an on-field “camper reunion” at a home game later in the season.

Enrollment is now open at Nationals.com.

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New Nationals license plates invite”Curly W” wordplay

Washington Nationals Vanity License Plate VirginiaWith the availability of new “Curly W” Nationals license plates in the state of Virginia, look for clever Nats fans to quickly take advantage of the team’s Curly W logo to create previously unavailable vanity messages beginning with the letter W.

The “good” ones, depending on your point of view, should go quickly, but as of this afternoon, a great many wordplay opportunities were still shown as available on the Virginia DMV website.

Long-suffering Nationals fans might go for (W)INNERS, (W)IN NOW, or simply (W)ORLD S.

Fans of particular players might go for (W)ERTH or (W)ILSON, and pessimists might opt for (W)OEFUL, (W)IMPY, or (W)HIFF.

Are you a conflicted NBA fan still waiting for your own vanity plate? (W)IZARDS is up for grabs. And if you’d just like to skirt the Old Dominion’s restrictions against inappropriate language, it’s not too late to grab (W)HUPASS.

As of this moment, all of these and more are available for the new plate design:

Washington Nationals Vanity License Plates

Virginia drivers to finally get Washington Nationals plates

Washington Nationals License Plate - VirginiaVirginia drivers will finally have the option of a Washington Nationals vanity license plate, provided that at least 450 people sign up for prepaid applications. The cost of a Washington Nationals license plate will be $25 and a portion of the payments will support the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.

Virginia drivers have long had the option of Redskins logo license plates, as well as plates supporting most local universities, but a Nationals option is about eight years overdue. Drivers can apply for a Nationals license plate by mail form, or by taking the form to a Virginia DMV office.

New Design for Nationals BP Caps

The Washington Nationals New Hats BP CapsEvery few years, every major league baseball team gets a new batting practice cap design. ESPN’s Uni Watch has published a sneak peak at all of the new team caps, including the new Nationals cap, shown here.

The white cap with contrasting brim replaces the previous red cap which was distinguished only by its blue piping.

Nationals announce Teddy giveaways for final homestand

With the Let Teddy Win movement becoming national news, the Nationals are ironically trying to jump on the bandwagon.

Washington Nationals Teddy RooseveltThe Nationals social media team introduced the #Teddyin2012 hashtag, implying that they somehow want to see Teddy win, along with a new Teddy-focused page on Nationals.com.

The page prominently features the quote from Teddy’s “Man in the Arena” speech that has been featured on Let Teddy Win t-shirts and was quoted by Arizona Senator John McCain in the recent Ken Burns video that has been running on various ESPN shows this week.

The team also announced that fans attending next week’s final homestand of the season October 1-3 will receive a Teddy-themed giveaway.

The first 20,000 fans On Monday October 1st will receive Eye Black Strips (“Teddy” for one eye and “26” for the other). On Tuesday the 2nd, it’s Teddy bumper stickers for the first 20,000 fans, and on fan appreciation day Wednesday the 3rd, it’s Teddy pins for the first 20,000 fans.

I think I need at least 40 sets of those eye black strips.

Natitude

The Washington Nationals will introduce their new marketing campaign this weekend with a TV commercial that brings a new swagger to South Capitol Street.

Natitude - by the Washington Nationals Michael MorseThe campaign introduces “Natitude,” a new word that was inspired by the way the team played last year, team president Andy Feffer told the Post’s Dan Steinberg.

“There’s no pressure on me. The pressure’s on the pitcher,” says outfielder Michael Morse in the commercial. “I don’t care if you’re the best. I’m gonna get you,” adds second baseman Danny Espinosa.

Following on last year’s successful revamping of the brand, and last month’s “Take Back the Park” campaign, the new slogan continues a dramatic shift from the days when former Nationals president Stan Kasten ran things with a cacophany of colors, logos, slogans, and conciliatory invitations to Phillies fans.

Of course, if the team doesn’t perform, this opens them up to mockery, but I doubt manager Davey Johnson would want it any other way. Well done, Mr. Feffer.

Nats release tickets to Phillies series for DC fans only

The Washington Nationals will begin taking registrations this morning for single-game tickets to just one home series — the May 4-6 games vs. the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park.

The catch? You have to live in DC, Maryland, or Virginia.

The move was announced this morning on MLB.com, where the Nats have posted a registration page to request your tickets.

Phillies fans at Nationals ParkNats CEO Andy Feffer explained that the move was a response to the busloads of Phillies fans who’ve filled Nationals Park from advanced group ticket sales, and engaged in disruptive behavior.

“For several years now, our fans, everybody, have been screaming about the number of Phillies fans that invade our park when we have a series here at Nationals Park,” Feffer told MLB.com’s Bill Ladson. “Frankly, I’m tired of seeing the Phillies fans in our ballpark in Washington more than anything. We sat down as a group and we said, ‘You know what? It’s time to take our park back in Washington and get our fans in this park.’

Fans who register for tickets here will get an email with an invitation to purchase up to 8 individual tickets. The registration information used must match the billing address for your payment card, which must be in DC, Virginia, or Maryland.

The series includes the Nationally-broadcast ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game on May 6.

Great move Mr. Feffer!

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