Video: Eight area mascots pummel racing presidents, Abe Lincoln rips off Talon’s head

It’s become an annual tradition. Each April at least a half dozen area mascots show up on a Sunday at Nationals Park to celebrate Nats mascot Screech’s birthday.

Screechs Birthday - Mascots visiting Nationals Park racing presidentsMascots tackle Nationals Racing PresidentsAbe Lincoln knocks off DC United Talon's Head - Nationals Park Presidents RaceNationals Park racing presidents photo finish William Howard TaftAnd each year, they take great joy in ambushing the racing presidents.

In the 4th inning today, as the presidents rounded the right field corner in their Sunday finest, the mascots poured out of the stands along the first base line.

YoUDee and Fighting Blue Hen Baby Blue (University of Delaware) ganged up on the charging Teddy Roosevelt. Uncle Slam (Potomac Nationals) and George (George Washington University) teamed up on George Washington. True Grit (UMBC) tripped up William Howard Taft, and what appeared to be Bill the Goat from Navy (with a new uniform number) downed a spinning Thomas Jefferson. Clawed Z. Eagle (American University) mostly just joined in high-fiving the other mascots.

Abe Lincoln managed to burst through the melee, but like a catcher guarding home plate, DC United’s Talon held ground as the last line of defense against the Great Emancipator. Abe plowed into the mascot and knocked off his head, but fell just short of the finish line.

As the Goat pounded relentlessly on the downed Jefferson, Washington and Taft both stumbled to their feet and raced for the tape, leading to a surprising photo finish, with Taft claiming his first victory of the season.

Full video below, plus a bonus slo-mo version of the big hits


Videos courtesy of lfahome

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 chicken parmesan sub that was drawing raves in the stands, and the eponymous “Drewno,” a house-made kielbasa with shaved beef on top, named not for the Nat’s reliever, but for Chef Scott Drewno from DC’s The Source. The made-to-order 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

Nationals Park Food - G Sandwiches - Mike Isabella - Drewno - Washington Nationals Stadium

The Drewno features kielbasa and shaved beef (Twitter photo:@Gee_Dad)

G by Mike Isabella at Nationals Park Stadium - Roasted Cauliflower Sandwich/Sub - Photo by Caroline Jones Washington City Paper

Roasted Cauliflower Sandwich (Photo: Caroline Jones/Washington City Paper)

Nationals Park G Sandwich Italian Hero by Mike Isabella Stadium

G Italian Hero (Photo:Maura Judkis/Washington Post)

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 steak, chicken or vegetarian burritos, plus the welcome addition of burrito bowls and salads, with a choice of salsas and pico de gallo.

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?

Teddy tricks fellow racing presidents, wins home opener, leading FP to predict a Teddy season sweep.

Racing Presidents Wheel of FortuneRacing President Teddy Roosevelt wins Washington Nationals Presidents RaceTeddy Roosevelt Championship BeltFor the first time ever, Teddy Roosevelt is in first place.

Washington Nationals racing president Teddy Roosevelt showed up prepared for Friday’s home opener at Nationals Park. The 26th president had planted a wheel of fortune along the warning track, and as his fellow presidents emerged from the center field gate, Teddy stopped them with a wave towards the wheel, suggesting that each president had to spin the wheel before running.

But as George, Tom, Abe, and Bill lined up to take a spin, Teddy turned and darted for the finish line uncontested.

With one victory, Teddy has tasted rare air: First place in the presidents race standings. Teddy spend the rest of the day parading around Nationals Park carrying a championship belt.

On the local TV broadcast, Nationals color commentator FP Santangelo saw Teddy’s opening day victory as a sign of great things to come for the Bull Moose.

“I got a call right now,” FP said. “Teddy’s going to win every race all year. 81 wins.”

Now that would be amazing.

UPDATE: Here’s the video

Video courtesy of lfahome

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

Washington Nationals Promotion Schedule for 2014

The Washington Nationals have tripled the number of bobbleheads given away this year as part of their 2014 game day promotion/giveaway schedule (full schedule below).

The schedule includes a whopping seven bobblehead nights, with quantities jumping from 15,000 per game to 25,000 per game, for a total of 175,000 bobbleheads, vs. just 60,000 in the previous several seasons. Honored this year will be Jordan Zimmermann, Denard Span, Wilson Ramos, Bryce Harper, Ian Desmond, racing president William Howard Taft, and Tyler Clippard (decided by fan vote over Adam LaRoche and manager Matt Williams). This will be the second bobblehead day for both Harper and Desmond.

The NatsLive free postgame concert series returns with three dates, down from four last season. Bands are to be announced.

Other giveaways include a Jayson Werth garden gnome, plus caps, t-shirts, an eco-friendly shopping bag, kids socks, a bottle cup (for adults only), a travel blanket, and a stocking cap on the final day of the season.

The popular Pups in the Park promotion, in which a section is reserved for canine guests, returns to Nationals Park for four dates throughout the season.

2013 Washington Nationals Promotional/Giveaway Schedule

Date/Time Opponent Promotion
Sat Mar 29 2:05 DET Exhibition Game
Schedule Magnet (1st 20,000 fans)
Fri 4/4 1:05 ATL Opening Day Cap (1st 30,000 fans)
Sat 4/5 7:05 ATL T-Shirt (1st 20,000 fans)
Sun 4/6 1:35 ATL Screech’s Birthday
Kids Opening Day
Kids Run the Bases
Signature Sunday
Tue 4/8 7:05 FLA Social Media Event TBD
Wed 4/9 7:05 FLA $1 Hot Dogs
Thu 4/17 7:05 STL Jackie Robinson Day
Sat 4/19 1:05 STL Pups in the Park #1
Sun 4/20 1:35 STL Kids Run the Bases
Signature Sunday
Sun 4/27 1:35 SDG Jordan Zimmermann Bobblehead (25,000 fans)
Kids Run the Bases
Signature Sunday
Tue 5/6 7:05 LAD Eco-Friendly Shopping Bag (1st 25,000 fans)
Fri 5/16 7:05 NYM Wilson Ramos Bobblehead (1st 25,000 fans)
Sat 5/17 4:05 NYM Pups in the Park #2
Patriotic Series – Armed Forces Day
Sun 5/18 1:35 NYM Baseball Equipment Drive
Signature Sundays
Kids Run the Bases
Mon 5/19 7:05 CIN $1 Hot Dogs
Mon 5/26 1:35 FLA Patriotic Series – Memorial Day
Tue 5/27 7:05 FLA Black Heritage Night
Sun 6/1 1:35 TEX Kids Socks (1st 10,000 fans 10 & under)
Kids Run the Bases
Signature Sunday
Thu 6/5 4:05 PHI NatsLive Post-Game Concert
Wed 6/18 7:05 HOU $1 Hot Dogs
Thu 6/19 7:05 ATL Ladies Night
Fri 6/20 7:05 ATL Bottle Cup (1st 15,000 fans 21 & Over)
Sun 6/22 1:35 ATL Cap (1st 20,000 fan)
Pups in the Park #3
Kids Run the Bases
Signature Sunday
Mon 6/30 7:05 COL Bryce Harper Bobblehead (1st 25,000 fans)
Tue 7/1 7:05 COL Travel Blanket with Strap (1st 15,000 fans)
Wed 7/2 6:05 CHI Post-Game Fireworks
Fri 7/4 11:05 CHI Patriotic Series – Independence Day
Sun 7/6 1:35 CHI Signature Sunday
Kids Run the Bases
Mon 7/7 7:05 BAL Social Media Event #2
Sat 7/19 7:05 MIL NatsLive FREE Postgame Concert
Social Media Event #3
Sun 7/20 1:35 MIL Denard Span Bobblehead (1st 25,000 fans)
Signature Sunday
Kids Run the Bases
Sat 8/2 7:05 PHI Food Drive
Sun 8/3 1:35 PHI Food Drive
Signature Sunday
Kids Run the Bases
Tue 8/5 7:05 NYM Jayson Werth Garden Gnome (1st 25,000 fans)
Fri 8/15 7:05 PIT Cap (1st 15,000 fans 21 & over)
Sat 8/16 7:05 PIT NatsLive Post-Game Concert
Sun 8/17 5:05 PIT William Howard Taft Bobblehead
(1st 25,000 fans)
Kids Run the Bases
Signature Sunday
Wed 8/20 7:05 ARI Toys for Tots Drive
Thu 8/21 4:05 ARI Ian Desmond Bobblehead (1st 25,000 fans)
Sun 8/24 1:35 SFG Kids Run the Bases
Signature Sunday
Sun 9/7 1:35 PHI Pups in the Park #4
Kids Run the Show
Kids Run the Bases
Signature Sunday
Mon 9/8 7:05 ATL Social Media Event #4
Wed 9/10 4:05 ATL Patriotic Series – Heroes Day
Tue 9/23 7:05 NYM Hispanic Heritage Day
$1 Hot Dogs
Fri 9/26 7:05 FLA Team Poster (1st 20,000 fans)
Sat 9/27 4:05 FLA Tyler Clippard Bobblehead (1st 25,000 fans)
Sun 9/28 1:35 FLA Stocking Cap (1st 25,000 fans)
FANtastic FANale
Kids Run the Bases
Signature Sunday

“Red Carpet” look to blanket Nationals Park Concourse

At Saturday’s NatsFest, Washington Nationals owner Mark Lerner revealed during an interview on 106.7 The Fan that a “hot looking” red coating that “looks like you’re walking on carpeting” is among the changes in store for fans at Nationals Park this season.

Washington Nationals Mark Lerner at NatsfestNationals Park Concourse Red Floors“We knew it would take about five years, six years before it would get really dirty and you couldn’t get it clean anymore,” Lerner told 106.7′s Holden Kushner. “We put a textured coating on it that is absolutely fantastic, looks like you’re walking on carpeting.”

“Same color?” asked Kushner.

“No, it’ll actually be red,” Lerner said. “So it’s hot looking.”

The Nats’ principal owner also promised that in addition to new food offerings and computerized menu boards, the concession lines “will be a lot quicker… A lot of money’s being spent and we’re excited about it.”

Lerner described two new party suites available for single game rentals, and shared his impressions upon first meeting the new Nationals Manager Matt Williams.

You can listen to the entire interview at CBSLocal.com.

Update: Photo at right from the Nats

Natsfest begets a Bryce Harper meme

 Bryce Harper up in arms memeIt’s been a quiet winter here in Let Teddy Win World, but what better way to kick off the season and reignite Nats fan frenzy than a new Bryce Harper internet meme?

On the main stage at Saturday’s Natsfest, I caught Harper reacting with a shrug as he was announced winner of the afternoon’s Wheel of Fortune contest.

Today, Dave Brown at Yahoo!’s Big League Stew turned the photo into an internet meme, saying the photo was “sure to be iconic,” and calling for readers to download the “up in arms” photo and manipulate it for a bit of informal fun.

Here below the original are just a few of the entries to have appeared on Twitter so far.

Facing Stephen Strasburg and Tyler Clippard on stage Saturday, the hyper-competitive Harper had figured out quickly that there was no “Lose a Turn” option on the game wheel, and so he kept spinning and racking up dollars, refusing to guess or give up control until he had amassed enough points to leave Strasburg and Clippard in the dust.

Nationals radio personality and Wheel of Fortune game host Dave Jageler declared Harper the winner, and Harper gave the shrug that will apparently live on forever…

Brown is accepting entries via Twitter at @bigleaguestew.

No word yet on what either the criteria or the prize will be for the chosen winner.

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