October 22, 2014

NATS/P-NATS: Potomac Nationals Set Single-Season Attendance Record

Potomac Nationals LogoPOTOMAC NATIONALS SET SINGLE-SEASON
ATTENDANCE RECORD IN 2013 AT PFITZNER STADIUM
During a Hallmark 2013 Carolina League Campaign,
a Record 236, 772 Fans Entered The Pfitz to Enjoy P-Nats Baseball

Woodbridge, VA—The Potomac Nationals are delighted to announce that a new franchise single-season attendance record at Pfitzner Stadium has been set after 236,772 fans enjoyed P-Nats Baseball during a hallmark 2013 Carolina League regular season.

An average of 3,534 fans per game entered The Pfitz during the Nationals’ 2013 regular campaign to be a part of the most affordable and entertaining family friendly atmosphere in Northern Virginia.

The P-Nats’ record attendance number registered in 2013 shattered the previous benchmark of 220,145 set in 1998 by the Prince William Cannons (St. Louis Cardinals).

In the 36th season of the Potomac franchise, The Potomac Nationals finished the Carolina League season ranked fourth in the eight-team circuit in overall and single-game average 2013 attendance.

With an attendance mark of over 235,000 fans, the P-Nats have now eclipsed the 200,000 fan threshold for the eleventh time in franchise history dating back to the 1990 Prince William Cannons (New York Yankees) who accomplished this feat for this first time.

On the field, the Potomac Nationals set single-season franchise records for both wins (84) and winning percentage (.604). The Nationals also owned the best home record in the Carolina League, a win/loss ledger of (47-23).

Potomac captured both the First- and Second-Half Northern Division Championship titles in 2013 and beat the Lynchburg Hillcats (Atlanta Braves) in the 2013 Carolina League Northern Division Playoff Series to advance to the 2013 Mills Cup Championship. The Nationals came up short in their bid for the club’s fifth all-time championship crown falling in three straight games in the best-of-five series to the 2013 Carolina League Champion, Salem Red Sox (Boston).

P-Nats fans witnessed a star-studded cast of players in 2013 including a slew of mid-season Carolina League All-Stars (OF Billy Burns, C Adrian Nieto, LHP Robbie Ray, and RHP Blake Schwartz) and a trio of year-end Carolina League All-Stars (RHP Robert Benincasa, Burns, and CF Michael Taylor).

In ’13, the P-Nats welcomed a faction of Major League rehabilitation stars from the Washington Nationals including, LHP Ross Detwiler, RHP Christian Garcia, LF Bryce Harper, RHP Ross Ohlendorf, C Wilson Ramos, RF Jayson Werth, and 3B Ryan Zimmerman to Pfitzner Stadium.
These additional franchise records were set or tied during the 2013 season:
-Career Doubles (74-Taylor)
-Total Saves in a Single-Season (42-Tied) [1997, Prince William Cannons-St. Louis Cardinals]
-Most Wins Without a Loss by One Pitcher (RHP Greg Holt-9 Wins, 0 Losses-Tied)

During their blockbuster 2013 season, the Potomac Nationals continued their mission of staying connected with their local community in Northern Virginia. After 36 seasons in the record books as a Carolina League franchise, the P-Nats remain steadfast with their longstanding tradition of giving back to people in our own backyard including non-profit organizations, local schools, and those in times of need.

The Potomac Nationals raised over $100,000 in 2013 across all of their fundraising branches.

As a precursor to each season, the Potomac Nationals host an annual hot stove banquet featuring special guests from the Washington Nationals and a sports memorabilia silent auction. All of the funds raised during this sports auction go directly to S.P.A.R.K. (Supporting Partnerships and Resources for Kids), a support arm of the Prince William County Public School system. Helping students reach their full potential by supporting this academic enrichment program has been a terrific way for the Potomac Nationals to usher in the baseball season for the last five years.

In 2013, the Potomac Nationals sent the most viral member of the front office team, the official mascot, Uncle Slam, out into elementary schools to remind children how important reading is to their development as a young person. Uncle Slam’s Reading Program kicks off in February and runs through the month of June and has been a trademark community program for the P-Nats for the last decade. Uncle Slam rewards children for reading four books by coming out to their school and performing a live action reading of Casey At Bat along with members of the Nationals’ staff. This reading program has become an annual staple of the P-Nats’ community outreach initiatives. Over 200,000 kids have been impacted over the last ten seasons by this reading program.

Following the impact of the torrential tornadoes in the state of Oklahoma, the Nationals decided to step up to the plate and help the families who had lost so much in these storms. A sports memorabilia auction on the Pfitzner Stadium concourse featured items from around the Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, National Football League, and National Basketball Association landscapes. One hundred percent of these funds went directly to the OKStrong Disaster Relief Fund in an effort to better the lives of the people in Oklahoma irreconcilably damaged by these twisters.

All season long, the Nationals offer a unique fundraising opportunity for non-profit organizations, schools, and charity groups in which these members may purchase general admission tickets and then re-sell the tickets for a profit in an effort to raise money for their association. In addition, these groups receive special tickets with the organization printed on the face of the ticket while being featured on the video board in the outfield and over the public address microphone during the game. Also, these groups have the chance to run 50/50 raffles to further their fundraising opportunity. This is a truly a remarkable win/win program for community group leaders in Northern Virginia and the Potomac Nationals. HomeAid Northern Virginia, a non-profit started in 2001 by the members of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA), took advantage of this fundraising opportunity with P-Nats Baseball for the last three seasons. A continued success for both their organization and the Potomac Nationals, HomeAid Northern Virginia is proud to report they have completed 77 projects valued at nearly $12 million. Exposure at Pfitnzer Stadium affords HomeAid Northern Virginia the invaluable opportunity to network with other businesses, give back to the homeless population, and raise funds which go back to those people who live without a home in our community.

This season, in association with the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Mid-Atlantic branch, the Nationals hosted a commemorative game used and autographed jersey auction which featured an appearance by Washington Redskins Super Bowl Quarterback, Joe Theismann. The Redskins legend visited with the Make-A-Wish kids, signed autographs for the P-Nats faithful, and most importantly granted the wishes of many children who have life-threatening illnesses.

In addition, the Nationals, in conjunction with Autism Speaks and title sponsor, Lindsay Automotive, ran a special jersey auction in 2013 to benefit the non-profit group on Autism Awareness Day at The Pfitz. Autism Speaks received all funds raised in the jersey auction and had the opportunity to disseminate autism awareness information throughout the ballgame to promote understanding of this disorder.
Furthermore, the Potomac franchise, in a joint partnership with a non-profit organization, holds an annual charity golf tournament. In 2013, to benefit SYA Baseball, the Nationals held their golf tourney on the links at Old Hickory Golf Club, a local private golf course in Woodbridge, VA which is a long fly ball from Pfitzner Stadium. Members of the Washington Nationals and Potomac Nationals staffs in addition to P-Nats sponsors, season ticket holders, and group leaders collaborate for a fun afternoon of golf to support a great cause.

Osbourn Park High School Night at Pfitzner Stadium in 2013 was a grand success for the neighborhood public school and the Nationals. Students from OPHS came out in droves to support an evening of baseball directly engineered to benefit the schools’s athletic department. The P-Nats wore Osbourn Park Baseball replica jerseys that evening and the team ran a silent auction to decide which fans would take home the autographed uniform tops. The Nationals hope to make this an annual partnership with local high school athletic departments after a great fan response and following a sizeable contribution made to OPHS Athletics.

Homes for Heroes in combination with the P-Nats Annual Military Appreciation Nights has become an invaluable partnership for both entities after another successful affiliation in 2013. Homes for Heroes is a company that affiliates with realtors, lenders, and other real estate-related service providers who offer substantial rebates and discounts to the Heroes who serve our nation and its communities every day. Our Heroes include military personnel, firefighters, law enforcement officers and others who make our communities a better place to live. Homes for Heroes was out in force on both Military Appreciation Nights in 2013 to spread the message of how our community’s Heroes can benefit from aligning with the non-profit organization.

To piggyback local heroes benefiting from coming out to Pfitzner Stadium in 2013, the P-Nats hosted the second annual Guns vs. Hoses Charity Softball Game as members of the Prince William County Police Department squared off against the Yorkshire Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. An array of police officers and fire department members and their families enjoyed a relaxing day at the ballpark while renewing a yearly rivalry by competing in softball on the very same field used by the future stars of the Washington Nationals. Both the PWC Police Department and the Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Squad were able to provide safety tips to fans, display emergency vehicles, and be recognized for the invaluable work they do while protecting our neighborhoods.

In a milestone move to acknowledge the exceptional capabilities of our country’s military members to influence their community once home from war, the Potomac Nationals became the first team in Minor League Baseball to institute a hiring program specifically engineered to usher in United States military members. The “Hire-A-Vet” program was initiated with the hiring of Arthur Bouvier IV, a U.S. Army veteran, who was brought into the Potomac Nationals’ fold as the Assistant Director of Stadium Operations. Bouvier has assisted the ballclub as an all-utility man working as a troubleshooter in many different aspects of stadium operation including ballpark maintenance, grounds crew, parking, press box operations, and security. This initiative stemmed directly from one of the Army Chief of Staff, General Ray Odierno’s top priorities of assisting soldiers transitioning from the Army, as well as Army Reserve and National Guard soldiers in finding jobs.

In the aftermath of a 2013 Mills Cup Championship Series appearance, it is clear that the 36th season of the Potomac franchise yielded the most fan-friendly, entertaining, and community oriented campaign in the history of the club. The on-field prowess of the future leading lights for the Washington Nationals complemented the perennial promotion by the club to make for a record-setting 2013 campaign.

The Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League play at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Virginia, and are the Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Washington Nationals. P-Nats 2014 season tickets and mini plans are now on sale. Sponsorship opportunities for the 2014 season and beyond are available. Plan your corporate outing now for the 2014 season to see the future stars of the Washington Nationals at The Pfitz as the P-Nats offer discounted group rates and all-inclusive picnic options. Visit the P-Nats online at www.potomacnationals.com or call the ticket office at 703-590-2311 for more information!

Washington Nationals MLB Draft Preview: Local Prospects and Hidden Gems

It’s draft day. For the Washington Nationals, that usually means that good things are in store.

In recent years, the Nats have turned losing records into top draft picks; and then those top draft picks into top prospects. Playing a lead role in their success over the past season-and-a-half, these top prospects have turned into all-world players.

After a half-decade’s worth of basement dwelling in the NL East, the franchise cleared out it’s once highly regarded front office, parting ways with GM Jim Bowden and president Stan Kasten. They replaced Bowden with his protegé Mike Rizzo, a guy that had spent his entire life in baseball–as a player, a scout, a coach and now a front office man. Since then, Rizzo has established himself as one of the wisest GM’s in the game, particularly in terms of the draft and player development.

Now, you might say that Rizzo’s success in the draft is largely a product of circumstance–his team earned first-round picks right when Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg were on the board. But as we’ve learned from teams like the Pirates–who took Dan Moskos over Matt Wieters, Madison Bumgarner, and Bryan Bullington over Cole Hamels and Zack Greinke– and the Padres–who selected Matt Bush over Justin Verlander and Bill Butler–over the years, part of the job is stepping up to the plate and coming through at the big moment, as well as working out a deal with a top prospect when your team’s track record puts you at the bottom of his list.

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Washington Nationals Walk-Up Music 2013

**List updated 09/17/2013**

(NEED:  Perez, Brown and Leon)

It is about time that we posted the list of music used by the Washington Nationals players so far this season! In case you missed you last season’s songs, you can check out the 2012 walk-up music here.

Adam LaRoche - Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Adam LaRoche – Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

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. Ryan Mattheus has told fans that he won’t use another song until he finds one that “fires him up” like “Firework” (he has used since the minor leagues).

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 Seattle Mariners), 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.

All of the following songs have been confirmed through various sources including programs like Shazam, Soundhound, as well as players tweets, interviews, etc. All of the songs have been used at one point throughout the 2013 season. 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!

POSITION PLAYERS:

Roger Bernadina – My Time (feat. Jeremih) by Fabulous
Roger Bernadina – The System by Popcaan

Corey Brown- NEED

Ian Desmond – One Sixteen by Trip Lee (feat. KB & Andy Mineo)
Ian Desmond – Warriors by Ky-Mani Marley
Ian Desmond – Church Clap by KB (feat. Lecrae)
Ian Desmond – The Saints by Andy Mineo (feat. KB and Trip Lee)

Danny Espinosa – Battle Scars by Lupe Fiasco & Guy Sebastian
Danny Espinosa – Walk by Pantera
Danny Espinosa – Turn the Page by Bob Seger
Danny Espinosa – Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked by Cage The Elephant

Scott Hairston – Top Down by Swizz Beatz
Scott Hairston – Blue Sky by Common

Bryce Harper – Flower by Moby
Bryce Harper – Coming Home by Diddy (feat. Skylar Grey)
Bryce Harper – It’s Tricky by Run D.M.C.
Bryce Harper – America by Ray Charles (used on 4th of July)
Bryce Harper – Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey
Bryce Harper – Tik Tok by Ke$ha
Bryce Harper – Jump Around by House of Pain
Bryce Harper – Roar by Katy Perry

Jeff Kobernus – Like Whaaat by Problem (feat. Bad Lucc)

Adam LaRoche – My Kinda Party by Jason Aldean
Adam LaRoche – In the Air Tonight – Phil Collins
Adam LaRoche – Copperhead Road by Steve Earle

Sandy Leon – NEED

Steve Lombardozzi – Cinderella Man by Eminem [Clean Version]
Steve Lombardozzi – Barefoot Blue Jean Night by Jake Owen

Chris Marrero – Don’t Stop The Party by Pitbull

Tyler Moore – Take A Little Ride by Jason Aldean
Tyler Moore – Muckalee Creek Water by Luke Bryan
Tyler Moore – Pirate Flag by Kenny Chesney
Tyler Moore – Drivin’ Around Song by Colt Ford feat. Jason Aldean

Eury Perez – NEED

Wilson Ramos – Ponme to Eso Palante by El Chuape
Wilson Ramos – Wepa by Gloria Estefan

Anthony Rendon – Still D.R.E. by Dr. Dre (feat. Snoop Dogg)
Anthony Rendon – I Run by Slim Thug

Wil Rhymes – Walk by Pantera

Jhonatan Solano – Pata Boom by Rafy & R La Fama

Denard Span – Bugatti by Ace Hood [Clean Version]
Denard Span – We Still In This Bitch by B.o.B. (feat. T.I. and Juicy J) [Clean Version]
Denard Span – Believe It by Meek Mill (feat. Rick Ross) [Clean Version]
Denard Span – Shoutout by Birdman (feat. French Montana and Gudda Gudda) [Need Clean Version]
Denard Span – Gotta Have It by Kanye West and Jay Z
Denard Spam – Tom Ford by Jay-Z [Clean version: clean lyrics]

Kurt Suzuki – Small Axe by Bob Marley
Kurt Suzuki – Jammin‘ by Bob Marley
Kurt Suzuki – Lively Up Yourself by Bob Marley & The Wailers
Kurt Suzuki – One Drop by Bob Marley
Kurt Suzuki – Night Nurse by Gregory Isaacs

Chad Tracy – Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker

Zach Walters – Anything Could Happen (Remix) by Ellie Goulding

Jayson Werth – Burn It Down by Linkin Park
Jayson Werth – Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon
Jayson Werth – Warehouse by Dave Matthews Band
Jayson Werth – Dazed and Confused by Led Zeppelin
Jayson Werth – The Walking Dead Theme Song
Jayson Werth – Game of Thrones Theme Song

Ryan Zimmerman – Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
Ryan Zimmerman – So Good by B.o.B
Ryan Zimmerman – Whatever You Like by T.I.
Ryan Zimmerman – My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up) by Fall Out Boy
Ryan Zimmerman – Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke (feat. T.I., Pharrell)

PITCHERS:

Fernando Abad – Deliverance by Bubba Sparxxx

Tyler Clippard – Ready or Not by The Fugees

Xavier Cedeno – Limbo by Daddy Yankee

Erik Davis – No Leaf Clover by Metallica

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

Zach Duke – 2 x 4 by Metallica
Zach Duke – When the Levee Breaks by Led Zeppelin

Gio Gonzalez – House Party (feat. Young Chris) by Meek Mill [clean version] (pitching)
Gio Gonzalez – Standing Ovation by Young Jeezy (batting)
Gio Gonzalez – On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons (batting)

Dan Haren – Dirty Harry by Gorillaz (pitching warm up)
Dan Haren – One More Chance/Stay With Me Remix by Notorious B.I.G. (batting)
Dan Haren – Electric Feel by MGMT

Taylor Jordan – Collide by Skillet

Nathan Karns – La Grange by ZZ Top

Ian Krol – Avicii vs Lenny Kravitz by Superlove

Ryan Mattheus – Firework by Katy Perry

Ross Ohlendorf – Barefoot Blue Jean Night by Jake Owen

Tanner Roark – Kickstart My Heart by Motley Crue

Henry Rodriguez – Energía by Alexis & Fido

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 – Bad Company by Five Finger Death Punch
Drew Storen – When the Lights Go Out by The Black Keys

Stephen Strasburg – Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes

Jordan Zimmermann – Hell On Wheels by Brantley Gilbert (pitching)
Jordan Zimmermann – Son’s Gonna Rise by Citizen Cope (batting)

 

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.

Washington Nationals Prospect Preview and Scouting Report: Zach Walters

Zach Walters

Shortstop
Height/Weight: 6’3”/210 lbs
Born: 9/5/1989
Bats/Throws: Both/Right
Comparable MLB Players: Jason Barlett, Adam Kennedy, Omar Infante, Erick Aybar, Brandon Crawford

Scouting Grades

 Present  Future
 Hitting Ability  4  5
 Raw Power  4  5
 Power Frequency  3  4
 Plate Discipline  3  4
 Running Speed  5  5
 Baserunning  4  5
 Arm Strength  7  7
 Arm Accuracy  4  6
 Fielding  4  6
 Range  5  6
 Overall  4  5

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
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Washington Nationals Prospect Preview and Scouting Report: Anthony Rendon

Anthony Michael Rendon

Third Baseman
Height/Weight: 5’11”/200 LBS
Born: 6/6/1990
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Comparable MLB Players: Edgardo Alfonzo, Ron Santo, John Valentin, Martin Prado

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Houston Astros hired Nationals 3B Coach Bo Porter as Field Manager for 2013

The Houston Astros announced they hired Bo Porter as their new Field Manager for the 2013 season as they move into the American League. Porter will remain with the Nationals for the rest of the 2012 season and remains focused for the playoffs.

Congratulations Bo Porter! We wish him the best of luck in the future. We’ll always remember “fight night” and Bo’s enthusiasm.

3B Coach Bo Porter congratulating Stephen Strasburg on his 1st MLB home run, May 20, 2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

The Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo’s Statement regarding the Houston Astors hiring Bo Porter as their field manager:

“Bo Porter joined our staff in 2011 to instruct and coach our young players in how to play the game right, and in how to win. He has been invaluable to us and our drive toward our first postseason. Despite his obvious value, we allowed and encouraged Bo to meet with his hometown Houston Astros to pursue his dream to manage in the major leagues. He is smart, talented, and as fiery a competitor as there is in the game today. Bo will always be a member of the Nationals family, and we wish him every success with the Astros.”

Cubs Bench Coach Jamie Quirk was chirping to 3B Coach Bo Porter so Bo went over to chat with him in the 5th with Jayson Werth at the plate. Both benches then cleared. – Chicago Cubs v Washington Nationals, 9/6/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

3B Coach Bo Porter jumped up on the top step of dugout when Bryce Harper gunned down Dobbs at the plate in the 9th inning – Miami Marlins v. Washington Nationals, 9/7/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

NATS/SUNS: Hagerstown Suns 2013 Schedule

The Hagerstown Suns, Single-A for the Washington Nationals, released the 2013 Schedule.

Suns open at home on Thursday, April 11, 2013 hosting Delmarva Shorebirds and close the season on Thursday, August 29 when they host Lakewood BlueClaws. More info. here.

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