Videos: Racing president Thomas Jefferson (as Rey) wins Nats’ Star Wars Day lightsaber battle

Jabba the Hut tackles Nationals Racing Presidents Star Wars DayNationals Star Wars Day racing presidents lightsaber battleSaturday was Star Wars Day at Nationals Park, and after just three seasons, a couple of traditions have clearly been established: the fourth inning presidents race will end in an epic lightsaber battle, and Thomas Jefferson will be in drag.

Teddy Roosevelt (Chewbacca) and Abe Lincoln (Finn) jumped out to an early lead before being clotheslined by Jabba the Hut, who had emerged from the Nats’ bullpen.

Thomas Jefferson, who had dressed as Princess Leia the previous two years, passed them both in a Rey costume, before running into George Washington (Kylo Ren).

Jedi master Screech leaped onto the field to hand a lightsaber to Rey, who used the force to disarm Ren in the ensuing battle.

Meanwhile, another year has gone by without the Nats heeding Han Solo’s advice to let the wookie win.

Finish line video for LetTeddyWin by lfahome

Nationals 2017 Promotion Schedule: Fewer Bobbleheads, more special events, plus action figures, snow globes and more

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As promised, the Washington Nationals revealed their 2017 promotion/giveaway schedule this morning, and while there are many creative new promotions in store, it was surprisingly bereft of the bobblehead dolls that trea-turner-bobbleheadchewbacca-koozie-washington-nationalswashington-nationals-fedoraso many fans look forward to annually.

Previous years have featured as many as six or seven bobblehead giveaways. In 2017, there will be only three: Daniel Murphy (April 14), Trea Turner (May 12) and pitcher Tanner Roark (June 9).

Starters who’ve never had a bobblehead doll, including Adam Eaton, Joe Ross, and Anthony Rendon, will have to wait for another season.

Bryce Harper, who’s had his share of bobbleheads, will be honored this season with a Starting Lineup Action Figure on August 29.

The schedule features a whopping two dozen promotions that require a special ticket purchase, such as Yoga in the Outfield, college days, Ladies Night, Pups in the Park, and Teacher Appreciation days. Such events have been hugely popular in the past and are clearly the focus of a Nationals marketing team looking to bring new audiences to Nationals Park.

New giveaways of note include the opening day Magic 8 Ball (April 3) and Nationals Fedora (July 26) that had previously been revealed, plus a Max Scherzer snow globe (May 24), a Chewbacca Koozie for Star Wars day (May 27), a Flag Day patriotic tank top (June 14),  a kids’ coloring book (July 30), and a beer stein for Oktoberfest (September 29).

It is expected that Signature Sundays and Kids Run the Bases will return on Sundays, though the Nationals did not announce those dates yet as part of the official calendar.

Likewise, no Nats Postgame Live concerts have been announced.

 

Known dates are below. Items noted with an * require a special ticket, even if you are a season plan holder. Any additional promotions will be updated here as they are announced:

2017 Washington Nationals
Promotion / Giveaway Schedule

Date/Time Opponent Promotion
Mon 4/3 MIA Nats Magic 8 Ball (20,000 fans)
Tue 4/11 STL Blossoms and Baseball
Wed 4/12 STL Military Appreciation Day
$1 Hot Dogs
Fri 4/14 PHI Daniel Murphy Bobblehead (25,000 fans)
Sat 4/15 PHI Scout Day
Jackie Robinson Day
Sun 4/16 PHI Easter Egg Hunt*
Kids Opening Day
Screech’s Birthday
Sat 4/29 NYM Pups in the Park
Sun 4/30 NYM Youth Baseball & Softball Day
Tue 5/2 ARI Irish Heritage Day*
Wed 5/3 ARI U.S. Navy Day
Thu 5/4 ARI Weather Day*
Fri 5/12 PHI Trea Turner Bobblehead (25,000 fans)
Nurses Appreciation Day
Teacher Appreciation Day
Sat 5/13 PHI Pups in the Park
Sun 5/14 PHI Mother’s Day Carnation (5,000 fans)
Mother’s Day Brunch*
Wed 5/24 SEA Max Scherzer Snow Globe (25,000 fans)
Thu 5/25 SEA Federal Workforce Day
Sat 5/27 SDG Star Wars Day
Chewbacca Koozie 
(25,000 fans)
Sun 5/28 SDG Memorial Day Observance
Yoga in the Outfield*
Fri 6/9 TEX Tanner Roark Bobblehead (25,000 fans)
Sat 6/10 TEX Pups in the Park
Scout Day
Mon 6/12 ATL U.S. Army Day
$1 Ice Cream
Tue 6/13 ATL LGBT Night Out
Wed 6/14 ATL Flag Day Tank Top (25,000 fans Age 21+)
Sat 6/24 CIN College Day*
Seniors Stroll the Bases
Sun 6/25 CIN Pups in the Park
Your Baseball & Softball Day
Mon 6/26 CHI Champions Day
Mon 7/3 NYM Postgame Fireworks
Tue 7/4 NYM Independence Day
Thu 7/6 ATL Neighborhood Day
Sat 7/6 ATL Taste of the World*
Sun 7/7 ATL College Day*
Tue 7/25 MIL U.S. Marine Corps Day
Teacher Appreciation Day*
Wed 7/26 MIL Nationals Fedora (25,000 fans)
Thu 7/27 MIL Camp Day*
Sat 7/29 COL Ladies Night*
Sun 7/30 COL Kids Coloring Book (10,000 fans Age 12 & under)
Mon 8/7 MIA U.S. Coast Guard Day
$1 Ice Cream
Tue 8/8 MIA College Day*
Thu 8/10 MIA B1G Ten Night*
Fri 8/11 SFG ’90s Night
Sat 8/12 SFG Washington Nationals Dream Foundation Day
Sun 8/13 SFG Firefighter Appreciation Day
Scout Day
Tue 8/15 LAA Tote Bag (25,000 fans)
College Day*
Fri 8/25 NYM National Park Service Day*
Sat 8/26 NYM Faith Day*
Sun 8/27 NYM Jewish Community Day*
Tue 8/29 MIA Bryce Harper Starting Lineup Action Figure (25,000 fans)
Wed 8/30 MIA Seniors Stroll the Bases
Thu 9/7 PHI Pups in the Park
Sat 9/9 PHI Champions Day
Sun 9/10 PHI Patriotic Series: Heroes Day
Yoga in the Outfield*
Tue 9/12 ATL College Day*
Wed 9/13 ATL $1 Hot Dogs
Thu 9/14 ATL College Day*
Sun 9/17 LAD U.S. Air Force Day
Scout Day*
Fri 9/29 PIT Oktoberfest: Beer Stein (25,000 fans)
Teacher Appreciation Day*
Sat 9/30 PIT Pups in the Park
Sun 10/1 PIT Youth Baseball & Softball Day*
Youth Soccer Day*

Bobblehead, fedora, and koozie photo courtesy Washington Nationals

Photos and video from Star Wars day at Nationals Park, including the racing presidents epic battle vs the dark side

IMG_8133IMG_8132IMG_8131Temperatures hovered around 100 degrees Saturday night, but that didn’t stop a sellout crowd from joining in the fun on the second annual Star Wars Day at Nationals Park.

Star Wars themed organ music and graphics punctuated the night, costumed fans were featured on Nats HD, and dozens of costumed characters roamed the concourse, adding to the fun.

In the fourth inning presidents race, the rebel alliance finally beat the dark side in an epic presidents race battle, but the mascot team once again forgot the golden rule to always let the wookie win.

Presidents George Washington and William Howard Taft set up along the first base line dressed as Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma, determined not to let anybody from the rebel alliance get through.

Teddy Roosevelt (Chewbacca), Abe Lincoln (Rey), Thomas Jefferson (Fin), and Herbert Hoover (Poe Dameron) charged forward from the outfield, where they scuffled with Taft (Phasma).

After three presidents went down, Jefferson (Fin) and Lincoln (Rey) took turns taking on Washington (Ren) in a light saber battle for the finish.



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Video for LetTeddyWin.com by lfahome

Behind the scenes with the genius behind the Nats Star Wars Day Racing Presidents costumes

Washington Post intern Lauren Loftus has published a wonderful behind-the-scenes profile of the genius behind the customized racing presidents costumes from Sunday’s Star Wars Day promotion at Nationals Park.

Nationals Star Wars Day Racing Presidentsracing presidents star wars costumes Natsracing presidents star wars costumesLongtime readers know that the Nationals’ racing presidents were built by Randy Carfagno Productions in New York City, but when Star Wars costumes, wigs, astronaut helmets, or other repairs or embellishments are called for, who do the Nationals call on?

DC-area parents are no doubt familiar with the work of Ingrid Crepeau, longtime puppeteer behind the children’s shows produced by Silver Spring-based Dino Rock Productions. Loftus’s piece explains how Crepeau has in recent years built a successful side business building, repairing, and costuming local sports mascots.

Crepeau tells the Post she’s been working on the presidents for six years, which makes a lot of sense. It was six years ago that Teddy missed several races when his costume frame cracked, an incident that the Post at the time called a “classic Washington cover-up.” On several other occasions, Teddy’s glasses have been damaged. With Crepeau on board, there’s no longer a need to send costumes to New York for repairs.

The piece also includes behind-the-scenes video. It’s a lovely profile of somebody who loves her work. “I love children’s laughter,” Crepeau tells Loftus. “That’s the best sound in the world, isn’t it?”

Video and Photos: The Washington Post

Photos & Video from Star Wars Day at Nationals Park: Jedi Knights, stormtroopers, an epic battle between costumed racing presidents, and Teddy Roosevelt dressed as a Wookie

Sunday was the first Star Wars Day at Nationals Park. The Nats transformed every aspect of the fan experience into an intergalactic voyage, but the hit of the day by far was the Nationals’ racing presidents, who dressed as characters from the movies and were swarmed by the sellout crowd wherever they went.

Despite the brutally hot weather and the 5-0 beating that the team took at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers, it’s fair to say that the promotion was a resounding success, though when it came to the 4th-inning presidents race, the Nats forgot two important rules: the good guys always prevail, and you always let the wookie win.

More on that in a moment, but since a picture is worth a thousand words, here without further ado is our photo compendium of the Nats Star Wars Day.

First, representing the evil empire:

Nats racing president “Honest” Abraham Lincoln was Darth Vader (of course):Nationals Star Wars Day Darth Vader Abraham Lincoln

Nats racing president George Washington as Darth Maul:Darth Maul Nationals Star Wars Day

Nats racing president William Howard Taft as Boba Fett:Nationals Star Wars Day Racing Presidents Boba Fett

Next, representing the good guys:

Nats racing president newcomer Calvin Coolidge as Luke Skywalker:Nats Star Wars Day Luke Skywalker Racing Presidents Calvin Coolidge

Nats racing president Thomas Jefferson as, yes, Princess Leia:Nationals Star Wars Day Princess Leia Racing Presidents Jefferson

…and Nats racing president Teddy Roosevelt as Chewbacca the wookie:Nationals Star Wars Day Teddy Roosevelt Chewbacca Wookie

The inspired costume for Teddy was a seeming nod to the Let Teddy Win movement, leading some in the stands to adopt a “Let the Wookie Win” chant during the 4th inning race, a reference to this notable clip:

The costumes certainly didn’t stop with the racing presidents. Actors posing as Luke, Han, Leia and all of your favorite characters were stationed throughout Nationals Park to pose for photos with fans, but the most overwhelming presence was that of the evil empire, which stationed stormtroopers, imperial guards and officers both on and off the field.

Darth Vader makes his entrance:Darth Vader Nationals Star Wars Day

Imperial guards, officers, and stormtroopers:Washington Nationals Park Star Wars Day Costumes

Emperor Palpatine and the evil galactic empire deliver the lineup card for the Dodgers: Nationals Star Wars Day evil dodgers

Bryce Harper is surrounded by Stormtroopers during the national anthem:Nationals Star Wars Day Bryce Harper

R2D2 in the house: Nationals Star Wars Day R2D2

Jedi Master Screech the Eagle: Nationals Star Wars Day Screech

Fans got creative in ways too numerous to mention, and several were selected to go on the field and help introduce the players.

Star Wars Day Nationals Park fans costumes

Nationals Star Wars Day Costumes

Nationals Park Star Wars Day Costumes

On Nats HD, PA announcer Jerome Hruska used a voice filter to sound more like Yoda, and introduced the epic battle to come in classic Star Wars fashion. When it came time to introduce the players, every Dodger was represented as an imperial stormtrooper, while every member of the Nationals was given the hero treatment.

Nationals Park Star Wars Day Scoreboard

Washington Nationals Park Star Wars Day

Nationals Park Star Wars Day Max Scherzer

Finally, there was that matter of the presidents race. The fourth inning ritual started with the famous Star Wars Cantina music, and then pitted the galactic empire against the rebel alliance as Darth Vader (Abe Lincoln), Boba Fett (William Howard Taft), and Darth Maul (George Washington) took on Princess Leia (Thomas Jefferson), Chewbacca (Teddy Roosevelt), and Luke Skywalker (Calvin Coolidge) in a relay race.

Teddy (Chewbacca) handed Coolidge (Skywalker) a big lead in the anchor leg, but George (Darth Maul) passed Cal and engaged him in a light saber battle on the first base line.

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Cal lost his light saber, George took the win, and in keeping with what transpired on the field, the evil empire prevailed.

Video for LetTeddyWin.com by lfahome

Nationals 2015 Promotion/Giveaway Schedule: 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 including September’s Calvin Coolidge bobblehead

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.

Livan Hernandez Bobblehead

Livan Hernandez Bobblehead

Commemorative items include a Livan Hernandez bobblehead commemorating the Nationals’ first 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 featuring Max Scherzer, Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, Chad Cordero, and Frank Robinson. Ten lucky fans will randomly receive unique handmade “golden ticket” dolls that are more elaborate and contain ten dolls each.

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, in which fans will receive an R2D2 drink coozie. 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
$1 Hot Dogs
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
Yoga in the Outfield
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
Nats Themed Folding Tailgate Chair (# TBA)
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
R2D2 Drink Coozie (# TBA)
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)
Sat 8/22 MIL Nationals Charger(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
Nats Themed Rubiks Cube (# TBA)
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
Mon 9/21 BAL Calvin Coolidge Bobblehead (25,000 fans)
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
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