December 22, 2014

Frank Howard throws out ceremonial first pitch

Frank (“Hondo”) Howard, the former Washington Senators/Texas Rangers slugger, threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Washington Nationals Third Baseman Ryan Zimmerman before the NLDS Game Four against St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday, October 11, 2012.

Frank Howard threw out the ceremonial first pitch – NLDS Game 4: St. Louis Cardinals v. Washington Nationals, October 11, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Frank Howard threw out the ceremonial first pitch – NLDS Game 4: St. Louis Cardinals v. Washington Nationals, October 11, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Ryan Zimmerman caught the ball from Frank Howard’s ceremonial first pitch – NLDS Game 4: St. Louis Cardinals v. Washington Nationals, October 11, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Frank Howard chats with Nats Manager Davey Johnson before throwing out ceremonial first pitch – NLDS Game 4: St. Louis Cardinals v. Washington Nationals, October 11, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Ryan Zimmerman and Frank Howard catching up – NLDS Game 4: St. Louis Cardinals v. Washington Nationals, October 11, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

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.

NATS/SENATORS: Harrisburg Senators Hot Stove Dinner

The Harrisburg Senators, the Washington Nationals Double-A affiliate, is having their second annual Hot Stove Dinner on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey. Tickets are $65 each or a table of ten is $600. Net proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) Program.

The Senators have several special guests committed including Nationals Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Player Development, Bob Boone; Assistant General Manager, Bryan Minnitti; Director of Player Development, Doug Harris; and Director of Minor League Operations, Mark Scialabba. Another special guest coming to the dinner is the new Senators Manager, Matt LeCroy.

Frank Howard will be a featured guest. During his 6 year tenure with the Dodgers, Howard was named NL Rookie of the Year in 1960 and also helped them win the 1963 World Series. Howard, who starred for the Washington Senators from 1965 – 1971, led the American League in home runs with 44 in 1968 and 1970.

Former Phillies great Bob Boone will be the night’s keynote speaker. During his time as a player, Boone was a four-time All-Star (1976, 1978, 1979 and 1983), won seven Rawlings Gold Gloves including two at ages 40 and 41. Boone went to the post season with the Phillies in 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1980 and with the Angels in 1982 and 1986.

The evening begins with a cocktail hour at 6:00pm, followed by dinner at 7:00pm, and then the keynote speakers. Throughout the evening there will be a silent auction and, at the conclusion of the program, a raffle is taking place with the proceeds from both benefiting the RBI program. Some of the items to be raffled and auctioned include a Bryce Harper autographed ball, a Ryan Zimmerman autographed bat, a LeSean McCoy autographed jersey, and much more!

“We’re excited to begin the 2012 season with a great event benefiting the RBI program,” said Senators Team President Kevin Kulp. “It’ll give all of our fans a chance to talk baseball, and meet our new manager Matt LeCroy. What better way to spend a cold winter night than with fellow Senators fans talking baseball? Last year was our first Hot Stove Banquet and it was a resounding success. We look forward to building on that one and creating an even more powerful event. It is going to be a great night.”

The RBI program, started in 1989, is now in over 200 cities worldwide, and has provided over 100,000 boys and girls the opportunity to play baseball and softball. Through 2009, MLB clubs have drafted over 170 RBI participants. The program is designed to increase participation and interest in baseball while encouraging academic participation and achievement. The program also promotes greater inclusion of minorities into the game and teaches the value of teamwork.

The dinner is $65 per person, or $600 for a table of ten. Tickets are available online through the Senators website at www.senatorsbaseball.com or by calling Emily Winslow at 231-4444 ext. 109. No tickets will be sold the day of the event. The deadline to purchase a ticket for this wonderful event is Monday, January 30th.

Meet and Greet with Frank “Hondo” Howard

As we previously announced on Nats News Network, Frank Howard joined the Loudoun Hounds as a Corporate Advisor and Ambassador.

Now is your chance to meet the Washington baseball legend in person. If you’d like to get Hondo’s autograph, all you need to do is donate a can of corn.

Photo from http://www.loudounhounds.com/newstrade

Join the Pack as the Loudoun Hounds visit the Buffalo Wing Factory & Pub in Ashburn, Dec. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. Give them a can of corn (or as many as you’d like) and Mr. Frank Howard will give you his autograph.

(Attendee supplies items to be signed. Limit two autographs per attendee. Items subject to approval before signing. Baseball cards, photographs and baseballs preferred.)

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