HAPPY 28th BIRTHDAY JORDAN ZIMMERMANN!
Washington Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann was born on 05/23/1986 in Auburndale, Wisconsin.
Happy 28th Birthday #27!
HAPPY 28th BIRTHDAY JORDAN ZIMMERMANN!
Washington Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann was born on 05/23/1986 in Auburndale, Wisconsin.
Happy 28th Birthday #27!
HAPPY 35th BIRTHDAY JAYSON WERTH!
Washington Nationals Outfielder was born on 05/20/1979 in Springfield, Illinois.
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.
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.
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
1500 South Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003
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.
“There is hardly anybody that I’ve ever come across on the street that would be able to tell me what NF is, and that is something that I would like to change.” Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond.
Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has joined the fight against Neurofibromatosis. All this week, the Natosphere has been bringing you the story of how Ian Desmond became involved in the cause. Those stories are well worth repeating.
Neurofibromatosis occurs in 1 in 3,000 births and is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grown on the nerves.
From the fundraising website’s information section:
NF encompasses a set of distinct genetic disorders that can cause tumors to grow along various types of nerves. NF can also affect the development of non-nervous tissues such as bones and skin. NF has been classified into three distinct types: NF1, NF2 and schwannomatosis.
NF affects more than two million people worldwide, making the disease more prevalent than cystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and Huntington’s Disease combined. The disease is worldwide in distribution, affects sexes equally, and has no particular racial, geographic, or ethnic distribution.
Though most cases of NF1 are mild to moderate, NF1 can in some cases lead to disfigurement; blindness; skeletal abnormalities; dermal, brain, and spinal tumors; loss of limbs; and malignancies. NF1 also has a connection to developmental problems, especially learning disabilities. NF2 is distinguished by tumors that grow on the eighth cranial nerve in both ears, commonly causing deafness, severe balance problems, and sometimes tumors elsewhere in the nervous system. Schwannomatosis can cause the development of multiple schwannomas on cranial, spinal, and peripheral nerves, resulting in problems with chronic pain.
Desmond became involved in the fight against NF through a relationship with Ethan Brown, a fan he met through a prayer request on Twitter. Desmond and Ethan forged an unlikely friendship, prompting Desmond to join the campaign to raise awareness about the disorder.
Since May is Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month, Desmond – along with Allan Peterson of the Nationals Archive blog – introduced an Indiegogo campaign to raise awareness about Neurofibromatosis and generate donations to benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation.
You can find the link to the Indiegogo fundraising site here.
The campaign that Desmond created has already reached its initial goal of $10,000…and counting. There are all sorts of perks and packages fans can get by donating certain dollar amounts to the campaign.
Desmond explained that he knew little about the disorder when he became involved. “I personally had never heard of NF, or NF2, or anything [before meeting Ethan]. It’s probably been a year of knowing Ethan and talking to his parents and stuff like that to really get the facts about NF. And the goal for me is awareness.”
“NF to me, and I’m sure to a lot of people, is something that they’ve never heard of. My goal is to just get this out. I want to spread the word about this thing and hopefully it can rally some people behind us. If we reach one person that can make a difference in these people who are suffering from this disease, that would be more than enough for me.
And obviously, raising some money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. The Children’s Tumor Foundation is the first organization to reach out to Ethan when he was in his time of need early on when he found out he was diagnosed with this, so I asked him, ‘so is there a foundation that you feel is close to your heart that I can help?’, and he told me CTF is the first one to reach out to him. So, you know, that speaks volumes.”
Desmond was quick — and insistent — to point out that he and Ethan have formed a solid bond through this.
“This is not something I’m doing out of sympathy or anything like that. I truly enjoy our conversations and I really consider Ethan a close friend at this time. This is not a charity thing that I’m doing. Unfortunately, the way we were brought together was through this [disorder], but I’ve created a real friend out of this.”
Again, if you’d like to find out more about Neurofibromatosis, Desmond’s involvement, and make a donation, you can find the link to the Indiegogo fundraising site here.
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.
**List updated 07/02/2014** (added Fister’s song and new one for Barrett)
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.
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!
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
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
Tyler Moore – The Outsiders by Eric Church
Steven Souza, Jr. – NEED
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
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
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.
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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