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!

On Teddy’s birthday, remembering the top presidents race moments of 2011

Thursday is Teddy Roosevelt’s birthday, and what better way to celebrate than to relive some of the top presidents race moments of 2011 (at least according to the Nationals).

The Nats staff has compiled a fun video for Nationals.com highlighting some the more memorable triumphs and mishaps of 2011.

Notably absent are the two races from the final weekend the season in which Jayson Werth tried to take over the presidents race. It was a National story, but one the Nats’ marketing brass would prefer to bury. In fact, the Nationals have never released video of those two races.

Video: Washington Nationals

New Nationals Uniforms Announced — Just in time for Teddy’s Birthday

New Washington Nationals uniforms for the 2011 season are set to be unveiled at a Nationals Park fashion show next month.

Teddy in the presidents race home stretch

Have we seen the last of Teddy Roosevelt's home racing whites?

Invitations were sent out this week by the Washington Nationals for the VIP event, which will be held at the ball park on the evening of November 10.

Nationals players Tyler Clippard, Ian Desmond, Ivan Rodriguez, Drew Storen, Ryan Zimmerman and Jordan Zimmermann will show off the new uniforms as part of a fashion show for invited guests.
The new jerseys will be available for purchase beginning Thursday, November 11 exclusively at the Nationals Park Team Store, with players on hand to sign autographs beginning at 11:30am.

It’s been two years since the team last announced new Nationals uniforms. At that time, blue alternate jerseys were introduced for the launch of the new ball park, and a script “Washington” replaced the block lettering on the team’s road uniforms.

It’s been speculated that a similar change is in line for the home uniforms, with the block “Nationals” lettering disappearing in favor of script. Personally, I hope it’s not true, having been a fan of the block lettering since it was first introduced as part of the Nationals logo in November of 2004.

The new threads will make a nice birthday present for racing president Teddy Roosevelt, who is set to celebrate his 152nd birthday tomorrow.

New shoes didn’t help Teddy win in 2010. Perhaps another uniform change will…

Teddy plays Santa once again for Christmas in July

The Washington Nationals wrapped up their homestand and their annual Christmas in July event on Sunday at Nationals Park, with the U.S. Marines Corps Reserves on hand all weekend collecting toys for the Toys for Tots Foundation.

Teddy Roosevelt appeared to have a gift in store for his fans as well, bolting out of the centerfield gate for the 4th inning presidents race, and staking a huge lead while wearing a Santa hat.

But Teddy failed to deliver the gift of victory, instead stopping along the first baseline to pass out presents for fans in the stands. He never finished the race.

George Washington surprised the field by winning his third race in a row, ensuring that the fellow racing presidents Thomas Jefferson and Abe Lincoln will remain deadlocked atop the Nationals presidents race standings through the All Star break and the road trip that follows.

Video by YouTube member TheTeddyRoosevelt

Opening day disaster for the Nats and Teddy

Until the 4th inning, it was looking pretty good for both the Washington Nationals and Teddy Roosevelt on opening day at Nationals Park. Then the bottom fell out.

Pitcher John Lannan lost control in the top of the 4th, gave up the lead, and let the Phillies bat around the order.

Teddy too, looked good coming out of the gate following an exciting new scoreboard introduction in the middle of the 4th. He took a close lead around the final turn, but appeared to pull up lame after high-fiving a fan in the stands. As the other presidents and members of the Nat Pack tried to help Teddy up, Abe Lincoln raced from behind to claim the first presidents race victory of 2010.

With that, the spring hopes of many Washington Nationals fans were muted considerably. Hopes had been running high for signs of both a Nationals team turnaround and an end to Teddy’s losing streak, but the Nats’ pitching could not deliver, and Teddy’s status for Wednesday’s race is now uncertain.

Fans of the presidents race had been hoping that president Barack Obama would perhaps make a presidents race appearance of his own.

Our 44th president was on hand to throw out the first pitch, continuing a long-standing tradition of presidential first pitches in Washington.

Obama, a devout fan of the Chicago White Sox, took the field at the end of an elaborate 30-minute opening ceremony.

President Obama First Pitch Nationals ParkHe approached the pitchers mound wearing a Nationals warm-up jacket, but pulled a White Sox cap out of his pocket and donned it before tossing the ceremonial pitch to Ryan Zimmerman. Much to the dismay of many Nats fans, the First Fan made it clear where his allegiances lie.

Obama left before the 4th inning, and failed to see either the game or the presidents race.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Nationals Promotion/Giveaway Schedule for 2010

The Washington Nationals today announced that 2010 individual game tickets will go on sale Tuesday, March 2, and published the Nationals Park game day promotion/giveaway schedule for 2010.

Highlights this season include bobblehead nights for Ryan Zimmerman, Nyjer Morgan, and a “fan choice” which will be determined by an online and in-the-park poll.

In addition to the known dates and giveaways listed below, Friday Night Fireworks, Signature Sundays, and Sunday Kids Run the Bases programs will return.

2010 Washington Nationals Promotional/Giveaway Schedule

Mon 4/5 Opening Day Batting Practice Hat (first 20,000 fans)
Wed 4/7 Magnet Schedule/Car Magnet (first 20,000 fans)
Fri 4/16 Jackie Robinson Day
Tue 4/20 T-Shirt Tuesday (first 10,000 fans)
Sun 4/25 Kids Cap (first 10,000 kids 12 & under)
Tue 5/4 T-Shirt Tuesday (first 10,000 fans)
Fri 5/7 Cooler Bag (first 10,000 fans 21 & up)
Sun 5/9 Mothers Day Water Bottle (first 20,000 fans)
Sat 5/22 Nationals Cap (first 20,000 fans)
Sun 5/23 Kids T-shirt (first 10,000 kids 12 & under)
Sun 6/6 Kids Batting Helmet (first 10,000 kids 12 & under)
Sat 6/19 Ryan Zimmerman Bobblehead (first 15,000 fans)
Sun 6/20 Travel Mug (first 20,000 fans)
Tue 6/22 T-Shirt Tuesday (first 10,000 fans)
Sat 7/3 Replica Patriotic Cap (first 20,000 fans)
Sun 7/11 Kids Backpack (first 10,000 kids 12 & under)
Tue 7/27 T-Shirt Tuesday (first 10,000 fans)
Sat 7/31 Nyjer Morgan Bobblehead (first 15,000 fans)
Fri 8/13 Beer and Pitcher Cup Set (first 10,000 fans 21 & up)
Sun 8/15 Kids Back-to-School Supply Kit (first 10,000 kids 12 & under)
Tue 8/24 T-Shirt Tuesday (first 20,000 fans)
Sat 8/28 Fans Choice Bobblehead (first 15,000 fans)
Sun 9/12 Kids Run the Show
Sat 9/25 Third Annual Gospel Music Fest
Mon 9/27 Team Photo/Early Bird Schedule (first 20,000 fans)
Tue 9/28 T-Shirt Tuesday (first 10,000 fans)
Wed 9/29 Knit Beanie (first 20,000 fans)

Season ticket holders, see you tonight!

Washington Nationals TicketI’m not one to mention myself in this blog, but today’s going to be an exception. You see,
I’ve had September 10 circled on the calendar since the spring, when tickets were first distributed to Washington Nationals season ticket holders.

I was traveling that week, and my email lit up with messages from friends. The common sentiment was along the lines of “Dude! You’re on the ticket!” The ticket in question was the September 10th game vs. the Philadelphia Phillies.

This year’s season tickets featured 81 different scenes from the inaugural season inside Nationals Park. Tonight’s ticket features a photo of me at the stadium’s inaugural game, that memorable opening night victory vs. the Braves.

When I saw it, the first thing I did was read the back of the ticket. For those who’ve never bothered with the fine print, it’s an eye-opener. My favorite highlights:

By use of this ticket, the ticket holder agrees that… the Club issuing the ticket is the exclusive owner of all copyrights and… shall have the perpetual and unrestricted right and license to use his or her name, image, likeness, and/or voice in any broadcast, telecast, photograph, video and/or sound recording taken in connection with the game for all purposes and in all media known and unknown throughout the universe.

Yes, I think that covers all the bases. If I ever need a lawyer, I’m calling those guys.

See you tonight in Section 128. Save me your ticket stub!

Watch for racing presidents in pedicabs today

The Washington Nationals have put George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy to work to build buzz around town for the current homestand. Yesterday, Teddy Roosevelt was spotted with Washington Nationals co-host Yolanda Makle outside the Gallery Place Metro station, handing out discount coupons for the weekend series against the Baltimore Orioles. Today Makle reports via Twitter that she is riding around DC in pedicabs with the George, Tom, Teddy, and the Nat Pack. If you are heading out for lunch, look lively!

Nationals offer Teddy fans half price tickets for current Nationals homestand through 4/22

This morning the Washington Nationals offered a coupon code “for Teddy’s friends”: Order at Nationals.com using Coupon Code “TEDDY” and get half-price tickets in select seating sections through the remainder of the current Nationals Park homestand.

This includes today’s and tomorrow’s games vs. the Phillies, the weekend series vs. the Florida Marlins, and next week’s 3-game set vs. the Atlanta Braves ending April 22.

The coupon code may be used to get outfield box seats, outfield corner, or mezzanine seats for as low as $15.00 each.

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