August 22, 2014

NATS: Happy Birthday, Jordan Zimmermann

HAPPY 28th BIRTHDAY JORDAN ZIMMERMANN!

Washington Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann was born on 05/23/1986 in Auburndale, Wisconsin.

Happy 28th Birthday #27!

Jordan Zimmermann gets 11th win - Los Angeles Dodgers v. Washington Nationals, Game One of Doubleheader on September 19, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Jordan Zimmermann gets 11th win – Los Angeles Dodgers v. Washington Nationals, Game One of Doubleheader on September 19, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Jordan Zimmermann on the mound at Nationals Park, May 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

 

NATS: Happy Birthday, Jayson Werth

HAPPY 35th BIRTHDAY JAYSON WERTH!

Washington Nationals Outfielder was born on 05/20/1979 in Springfield, Illinois.

Jayson Werth - Miami Marlins v. Washington Nationals, 4/8/2014 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Jayson Werth – Miami Marlins v. Washington Nationals, 4/8/2014 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Doug Fister watching from the dugout as Jayson Werth hits a double  - Miami Marlins v. Washington Nationals, 4/8/2014 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Doug Fister watching from the dugout as Jayson Werth hits a double – Miami Marlins v. Washington Nationals, 4/8/2014 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

 

Jayson Werth - Atlanta Braves v. Washington Nationals, 4/14/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Jayson Werth – Atlanta Braves v. Washington Nationals, 4/14/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Jayson Werth not happy after his strike out - Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Jayson Werth not happy after his strike out – Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Jayson Werth got a win on his birthday! Werth in dugout congratulating Jesus Flores on his solo home run, May 20, 2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

NATS: Ryan Zimmerman to Host 5th Annual ziMS “A Night at the Park”

ZIMS

Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will once again host “A Night at the Park,” presented by MASN Sports at Nationals Park on Monday, June 16. The fifth annual fundraising event for the ziMS Foundation will feature performances by country music stars Billy Currington and Jerrod Niemann. The evening includes an expanded concert experience, powered by Live Nation, along with silent and live auction featuring one-of-a-kind items and experiences.

If you haven’t done so already, please take a moment and visit http://www.nationals.com/zims for more information and to purchase tickets. Tickets start at just $35 for lower bowl reserved seats.

See photos from the 3rd Annual “A Night at the Park.”

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Creates Version of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” Video

The District of Columbia has basketball fever and everyone is happy that the Wiz Kids are back in DC tonight to host the Pacers for game six of the NBA playoffs. Check out the fun video that MSE released. Warning: This tune is catchy and will stick in your head all day (that is not necessarily a bad thing!).

The video features Monumental Sports & Entertainment majority owner and chairman Ted Leonsis, MSE partners, District of Columbia mayor Vincent C. Gray, District of Columbia councilwoman and mayoral incumbent Muriel Bowser, District of Columbia councilman Jack Evans, Bullets alumni Gheorghe Muresan and Bob Dandridge, Wizards Radio Network broadcaster Dave Johnson and analyst Glenn Consor, Fox News’ Brett Baier, Comcast SportsNet’s Chris Miller, Ron Thompson, Gary Williams and Michael Jenkins, and WUSA 9’s Derek McGinty, Jan Jeffcoat, Topper Shutt and Dave Owens. The video also features members of the D.C. Fire Department and Emergency Services, the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, the United States Army Band, G-Wiz, the Wizard Girls, Wizards fans and MSE staff.

Washington Capitals Tyson Strachan to Host Strachan Strays Fundraiser at Nationals Park on June 1

Nationals Park (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Nationals Park (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals, in conjunction with the Washington Nationals, today announced that defenseman Tyson Strachan will host a Strachan Strays fundraiser at Nationals Park on Sunday, June 1, prior to the Nationals game against the Texas Rangers, which is slated to begin at 1:35 p.m.

Strachan Strays is a charitable organization created to raise awareness about the issues of pet homelessness and to raise finances to support local no-kill animal shelters. Funds raised by Strachan Strays will benefit Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, which adopts dogs and cats from high-kill shelters to homes in the Washington, D.C., region.

Tickets are available at Nationals.com/StrachanStrays and include a donation to Strachan Strays and Homeward Trails, as well as a pregame meet and greet with Strachan.

“Every year millions of companion animals are left on the streets or euthanized in kill shelters,” said Strachan. “Our goal through education and fundraising is to end pet homelessness and overpopulation. We strive to find every animal their perfect home, and to promote responsible pet ownership.”

Strachan Strays is passionate about promoting pet adoption from a network of responsible no-kill shelters throughout the United States. The organization’s goal is to raise awareness and educate individuals on how they can make a difference in the fight to end pet homelessness. For more information visit StrachanStrays.com.

WHO: Capitals defenseman Tyson Strachan

WHAT: Hosting a Strachan Strays fundraiser at Nationals Park on June 1

WHEN: Sunday, June 1

WHERE: Washington Nationals
Nationals Park
1500 South Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

MSE Foundation Receives The Salvation Army’s Community Partner Award

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation received The Salvation Army’s Community Partner Award on May 13 at United in Service. United in Service was a Salvation Army award ceremony in recognition of volunteers and community partners for their compassionate work on behalf of The Salvation Army, which assists people in need throughout the Washington, D.C., region. (Photo Courtesy of MSE)

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation received The Salvation Army’s Community Partner Award on May 13 at United in Service. United in Service was a Salvation Army award ceremony in recognition of volunteers and community partners for their compassionate work on behalf of The Salvation Army, which assists people in need throughout the Washington, D.C., region. (Photo Courtesy of MSE)

ARLINGTON, Va. – Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation received The Salvation Army’s Community Partner Award on Tuesday, May 13, at United in Service.

United in Service was a Salvation Army award ceremony in recognition of volunteers and community partners for their compassionate work on behalf of The Salvation Army, which assists people in need throughout the Washington, D.C., region.

The Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards provided The Salvation Army with volunteer and financial support throughout their 2013-14 seasons. In March 2013 Capitals players delivered meals to the homeless through The Salvation Army’s Grate Patrol program, while Monumental Sports & Entertainment staff members volunteered in The Salvation Army’s Back-to-School Shopping event at Target in Hyattsville, Md., in July. In conjunction with the Capitals and Wizards toy drives, MSE Foundation donated $10,000 to The Salvation Army National Area Command in December. The Salvation Army served as the beneficiary of both the Capitals and Wizards toy drives and was a beneficiary of the Foundation’s Family-to-Family program, through which MSE teams adopt families for the holidays. The teams also hosted bell ringers as part of The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign at home games in December.

In 2013 MSE Foundation, along with the Leonsis Foundation, donated more than $1.5 million to local charities. MSE Foundation partners in 2014 include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Flashes of Hope, KaBOOM!, Playworks DC, the Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association and The Salvation Army.

MSE Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards. MSE is committed to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and focuses on the following five pillars to maximize its impact and engagement with the community: youth basketball and hockey, education and scholarship, pediatric health and fitness, military and veterans’ affairs and hunger and homelessness.

United in Service was held in conjunction of the 100th anniversary of World War I and The Salvation Army’s United War Service Program. The event was held to celebrate volunteers, to promote positive change and to discuss how to better serve veterans in the community. David Finkel, Pulitzer Prize award recipient and Washington Post journalist served as the event’s keynote speaker.

The Salvation Army National Capital Area Command assisted more than 85,000 individuals last year from families living across the Greater Washington region by providing help and hope through a diverse range of social services. The organization offers emergency eviction and utility cut-off prevention assistance; grocery, clothing and furniture vouchers; meals for the hungry and homeless; support for the disabled, elderly and ill; drug and alcohol rehabilitation; disaster relief; transitional housing for single mothers with children; and character building opportunities for youth.

NATS: Happy Birthday, Danny Espinosa

HAPPY 27th BIRTHDAY DANNY ESPINOSA!

Washington Nationals switch-hitting second baseman was born on 04/25/1987 in Santa Ana, California.

Its great to see Danny off to a great start this season.

Happy birthday, #8.

1B Coach Tony Tarasco congratulates Danny Espinosa after a hit - Miami Marlins v. Washington Nationals, 4/8/2014

1B Coach Tony Tarasco congratulates Danny Espinosa after a hit – Miami Marlins v. Washington Nationals, 4/8/2014 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Danny Espinosa during his MLB Network interview - Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Danny Espinosa during his MLB Network interview after Nats clinched – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Danny Espinosa turning a double play (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Danny Espinosa turning a double play (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa scores on Bryce Harper's triple in 3rd inning, May 20, 2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Washington Nationals 2B Danny Espinosa scores on Bryce Harper’s triple in 3rd inning, May 20, 2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

 

 

Washington Nationals Walk-Up Music 2014

**List updated 08/03/2014** (added Cabrera’s song)
NEED:  Souza Jr., Cedeno, Treinen

It is a brand new season and we’re excited to hear which songs the Washington Nationals players have selected as their batting music. District Sports Page will do its best to keep up them, however, invite fans to help us out. Please feel free to comment on this post or tweet to @cnichols14 when you hear a new song.

In case you missed previous season’s songs, you can check out the 2012 walk-up music here and 2013 walk-up music here. A few of the songs from last year are still being used early in 2014.

Ryan Zimmerman at bat - Washington Nationals Home Opener v. Atlanta Braves, 4/4/2014

Ryan Zimmerman at bat – Washington Nationals Home Opener v. Atlanta Braves, 4/4/2014

Fans love walk-up music. It is always a popular topic on Twitter, Facebook and discussion boards. Some players select music that gets them fired up, suits them perfectly or even pokes fun of themselves (i.e. Matt Stairs two years using Toby Keith’s “As Good As I Once Was“). It can be a small window into the player’s personality.

There are superstitious players that change their music when they are slumping at the plate. And some have a handful of songs that are used in rotation.

Some players stick with the same song season after season and even years after leaving the Nationals or baseball all together, fans immediately think of that player every time they hear the song (i.e. Chad Cordero and Metallica’s “King Nothing“).

Former National Michael Morse (now with the San Francisco Giants), had the team’s most eclectic taste in his walk-up music, thanks in part to his brother helping select songs. His most popular song was “Take on Me” by A-ha, which has now become the “fans’ Natitude anthem” and is currently being used as the Nats 7th inning stretch song. The music is usually cut off before it gets to the high part of the chorus, so the fans finish it off! It started in 2010, but finally caught on and fans voices are even heard on TV. Join in next time you’re at the park.

Big news regarding the 7th inning stretch song! It appears that the Nats may have retired “Take on Me” as the 7th inning supplemental song after “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” on May 17, 2014. Fans have reported that “Dancing in the Streets” by Martha & The Vandellas have [temporarily] replaced it. 

While on the topic of music, the Nats have used “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC to take the field for several seasons. That has changed for 2014. The Nationals are now jogging out to their positions to “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” by Fall Out Boy. Personally, I wish the songs would remain the same because baseball is all about traditions and would like there to be a few traditions at Nationals Park.

All of the following songs have been confirmed through various sources including programs like Shazam, Soundhound, as well as players tweets, interviews, etc. We’ve included links to videos, however, remember that there is only a few seconds of the song used during the walk-up so it may sound different at the beginning at first. There is a lot of Natitude on the list!

Please help us keep list up to date and post additional songs that we may have missed in the comments.  Thank you! Enjoy!

Asdrubal Cabrera – Limbo by Daddy Yankee

Ian Desmond – One Sixteen by Trip Lee (feat. KB & Andy Mineo)
Ian Desmond – Sun is Shining (Smoke Out Dubstep Remix) by Bob Marley
Ian Desmond – My Conclusion by Stephen Marley Feat. Akon & Buju Banton

Greg Dobbs – Show Me a Sign by Alter Bridge

Danny Espinosa – Outside by Staind
Danny Espinosa – Simple Man by Shinedown
Danny Espinosa – Sail by AWOLNATION

Kevin Frandsen – Snow (Hey Oh) by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Scott Hairston – Blue Sky by Common

Bryce Harper – Dark House by Katy Perry Feat. Juicy J
Bryce Harper – TaKillya by Vinnie Maniscalco
Bryce Harper – Flower by Moby
Bryce Harper – Talk Dirty by Jason Derulo Feat. 2 Chainz
Bryce Harper – Don’t Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin
Bryce Harper – Tom Sawyer by Rush
Bryce Harper – The Joker by Steve Miller Band

Adam LaRoche – The Only Way I Know by Jason Aldean and Eric Church
Adam LaRoche – That’s My Kind Of Night by Luke Bryan
Adam LaRoche – Take A Little Ride by Jason Aldean
Adam LaRoche – My Kinda Party by Jason Aldean

Sandy Leon – Watch Out For This [Bumaye; Daddy Yankee Remix] by Major Lazer

Jose Lobaton – Don’t Stop the Party by Pitbull
Jose Lobaton – Mi Chica Ideal by Chico & Nacho

Nate McLouth – Kyrie by Mr. Mister
Nate McLouth – Separate Ways (World Apart) by Journey

Tyler Moore – The Outsiders by Eric Church

Wilson Ramos – Wilson by Phish (Crowd chants at beginning of live performance) [History of song]
Wilson Ramos – Chucuchá by Ilegales

Anthony Rendon – No Competition by Bun B. Feat. Raekwon & Kobe
Anthony Rendon – Fire by Bun B Feat. Rick Ross & 2 Chainz & Serani

Steven Souza, Jr. – NEED

Denard Span – Gotta Have It by Kanye West and Jay Z
Denard Span – I’m Ready - The Diplomats
Denard Span – We Made It Freestyle by Drake Feat. Soulja Boy

Zach Walters – Let It Go (from Frozen) by Idina Menzel
Zach Walters – Do You Want To Build A Snowman (from Frozen)
Zach Walters – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (Theme Song) by Ennio Morricone

Jayson Werth – Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon
Jayson Werth – Warehouse by Dave Matthews Band
Jayson Werth – The Walking Dead Theme Song
Jayson Werth – Game of Thrones Theme Song
Jayson Werth – The Rains of Castamere from Game of Thrones (Season 4) – Metal Version

Ryan Zimmerman – This Is How We Do It – Montell Jordan
Ryan Zimmerman – The Downeaster Alexa by Billy Joel

PITCHERS:

Aaron Barrett – This Is What It Feels Like (W&w Radio Edit) by Armin van Buuren Feat. Trevor Guthrie
Aaron Barrett – Thunderstruck by AC/DC
Aaron Barrett – The Bear Song by Green Jelly

Jerry Blevins – Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones

Xavier Cedeno – NEED

Tyler Clippard – Ready or Not by The Fugees

Ross Detwiler – Wherever I May Roam by Metallica (pitching)

Doug Fister – All I Want by Tim McGraw

Gio Gonzalez – Trophies by Young Money & Drake (batting) [clean version]

Taylor Jordan – Collide by Skillet

Tanner Roark – Kickstart My Heart by Motley Crue
Tanner Roark – Stranglehold by Ted Nugent (batting)

Rafael Soriano – El Rey de Monticulo —”The King of the Mound” by Ediseuri Concepcion Mejia
(Story behind song)

Craig Stammen – Eye of the Tiger by Survivor

Drew Storen – When the Lights Go Out by The Black Keys

Stephen Strasburg – Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes

Blake Treinen – NEED

Jordan Zimmermann – Hell On Wheels by Brantley Gilbert (pitching)

 

Cheryl Nichols is a Columnist and Photographer for District Sports Page. She is credentialed to cover the Washington Capitals and has reported on the community service and fan events for Nats News Network and Caps News Network since 2006. Cheryl is an accomplished action photographer and has been published in The Washington Post and many other local media. She was a credentialed photographer for the 2010 season covering the Washington Nationals. You can follow her on Twitter @cnichols14.

Ruffin-Pratt Returns to Mystics Roster

Mystics Press Release Logo

RUFFIN-PRATT RETURNS TO MYSTICS ROSTER
Team Adds Mathies and Milovanovic To Training Camp Roster

Washington D.C. — Washington Mystics Head Coach and General Manager Mike Thibault announced today that guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt will return to the team for the 2014 season.

Ruffin-Pratt joined the Mystics in 2013 as a free agent and played in every game. She averaged 4.4 points per game and 2.8 rebounds during the regular season and 5.7 points per game during the playoffs. Ruffin-Pratt led the University of North Carolina to the 2013 ACC tournament and earned All-ACC First Team honors. The Alexandria native attended TC Williams High School and was a two-time Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year.

The Mystics also announced that they have added guard A’dia Mathies and forward Jelena Milovanovic.

Washington claimed Mathies off waivers from the Los Angeles Sparks and was awarded her rookie contract by the WNBA. She attended the University of Kentucky and was drafted in the first round (10th overall) by the Los Angeles Sparks. She is Kentucky’s all-time leader in steals (320) and games played (140) and second all-time leading scorer (2,014). Mathies earned numerous honors including SEC player of the Year (2012, 2013) as well as All-SEC First Team (2012, 2013). She recorded averages of 2.3 points per game in 30 games for the Sparks last season.

Milovanovic was drafted by the Mystics in the second round (24th overall) of the 2009 WNBA Draft but spent the last four years playing professionally in Europe. The 6-3 forward has played for Dynamo Kursk of the Russian league for the last two years and currently averages 11.2 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per game.

The Mystics recently acquired guard Kara Lawson and will have three picks (sixth, 30th and 32nd) in the 2014 WNBA draft to be held on April 14 at 8:00 pm on ESPN2. The Washington Mystics will open the season on Friday, May 16, at 7:00 pm against the reigning WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx. In 2013, Coach Mike Thibault led the Mystics back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2010 season while earning Coach of the Year Honors.

The WNBA’s Washington Mystics are owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. The group also owns and operates the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals and Verizon Center – the premier sports and entertainment venue in Washington, D.C. Monumental Sports & Entertainment also oversees the management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Capitals, and George Mason University’s Patriot Center.

CAPS: MSEF Donates More Than $34,000 to Homeward Trails Animal Rescue

Carmen Brouwer, Courtney Parrie and Mandy Alzner present a $34,044.99 check to Homeward Trails representative Sue Bell at the Washington Capitals game on April 1. The funds were donated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and were raised through the sale of the 2014 Caps Canine Calendars. (Photo Courtesy of MSEF)


Carmen Brouwer, Courtney Parrie and Mandy Alzner present a $34,044.99 check to Homeward Trails representative Sue Bell at the Washington Capitals game on April 1. The funds were donated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and were raised through the sale of the 2014 Caps Canine Calendars. (Photo Courtesy of MSEF)

More Than $34,000 to Homeward Trails Animal Rescue
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation Donates

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals better halves Mandy Alzner, Carmen Brouwer and Courtney Parrie, fiancée of Mike Green, presented a $34,044.99 check to Homeward Trails Animal Rescue on April 1 during the Capitals game versus the Dallas Stars.

The funds were donated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation (MSEF) and were raised through the sale of the 2014 Caps Canine Calendars. The money will help provide medical and behavioral care, as well as permanent homes, for hundreds of dogs and cats rescued by Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.

The calendar features photos of Capitals players Karl Alzner, Jay Beagle, Troy Brouwer, John Carlson, John Erskine, Mike Green, Jack Hillen, Aaron Volpatti and Joel Ward with their dogs and Nicklas Backstrom, Mikhail Grabovski, Braden Holtby, Marcus Johansson, Steve Oleksy, Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson with dogs from Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.

The 2014 Caps Canine Calendar was sold at Capitals home games, at the team store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and online at WashingtonCaps.com.

For video of the calendar photo shoot visit MonumentalNetwork.com.

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides pet adoption in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. Homeward Trails seeks to find permanent adoptive homes in the Mid-Atlantic region for dogs and cats from high-kill shelters or whose owners can no longer care for them. They seek to reduce the rate of euthanasia of adoptable animals through the rescue and placement of homeless animals; to support proactive spay/neuter practices; to promote positive and ongoing behavioral training; and to educate the public about how to care for their animals in a humane way. Homeward Trails not only facilitates adoptions from local shelters, but also supports a large network of foster care providers who take homeless dogs and cats into their homes, care for them, rehabilitate them when needed, and prepare them for their permanent adoptive homes. For more information on Homeward Trails, visit http://www.homewardtrails.org/.

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