October 1, 2020

NATS: Washington Nationals Opening Day Festivities

The Washington Nationals will celebrate Opening Day and the start of the 2012 season at Nationals Park on Thursday, April 12 when the team hosts the Cincinnati Reds at 1:05 p.m.

All gates will open at 10:30 a.m. to allow fans more time to enjoy Opening Day festivities and help reduce the risk of long lines at each entrance. Note: Parking will be limited on streets due to weekday afternoon game.

Nats Opening Day Giveaway Hat for First 20,000 Fans - Presented By GEICO

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WIZ: Washington Wizards John Wall Bobblehead Night

Saturday, April 14 is John Wall Bobblehead Night when the Washington Wizards host the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Note: If you like bobbleheads, it is also Stephen Strasburg bobblehead night at the Washington Nationals game earlier that same day.

NATS/SUNS: Hagerstown Suns 2012 Promotions


The Hagerstown Suns, Single-A affiliate of the The Washington Nationals released their promotions for the 2012 season. The minor leagues always have some fun and unusual giveaways. A Civil War Weekend Bobblehead (June 23) and a Bryce Harper Garden Gnome (August 4) are two of the highlights.

In addition to the bobblehead giveaway, the Suns will wear specialty jerseys for Civil War Weekend June 22-24 and fans could win the game-worn jerseys in a raffle. The Suns will also wear specialty jerseys for Pink Weekend July 20-21 and game-worn jerseys will be auctioned.

See more details in the team’s official press release:


Bryce Harper garden gnome and replica jersey highlight Saturday Giveaways

HAGERSTOWN, Md. – The Hagerstown Suns, Single-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, are excited to announce the top promotions for the 2012 season. Fireworks, giveaways and theme nights will return, and new contests, drawings and events will add to the fun, family-friendly environment at Municipal Stadium.

Day-of-the-Week promotions, including Thirsty Thursdays, Fireworks Fridays, Saturday Giveaways and Sunday Fundays, will be held every time the Suns have a home game on that day of the week. Thirsty Thursdays will feature drink specials, and after every Friday home game, the Suns will display a fireworks show. Saturday Giveaways are distributed to the first 1,000 fans through the gate each Saturday, and on Sunday Fundays, all children will be able to run the bases following the game.

This season’s giveaways are scheduled as follows*:
April 7: Magnet Schedule – presented by Hagerstown Magazine
April 21: Suns Water Bottle – presented by Pepsi
May 5: Suns Seat Cushion – presented by Potomac Edison
May 19: Suns Drink Koozie
June 2: Team Photo
June 23: Civil War Weekend Bobblehead – presented by Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
July 7: T-shirt presented by Meritus Health
July 21: Pink Suns Foam Finger – presented by Lehigh Phoenix and Associated Radiologists
August 4: Bryce Harper Garden Gnome – presented by Beaver Creek Antiques and Guy Property Management
August 25: Bryce Harper Replica Jersey – presented by Antrim Way Honda
September 1: Grab Bag Items
*Giveaway items and dates are subject to change without prior notice

The Suns will wear specialty jerseys twice this season, June 22-24 for Civil War Weekend and July 20-21 for Pink Weekend presented by Lehigh Phoenix Associated Radiologists. Fans will be able to win Civil War Weekend game-worn jerseys through a raffle, and game-worn Pink Weekend jerseys will be available through an auction.

The Washington Nationals’ NatMobile will be in Hagerstown on April 5 (Opening Night), May 31, June 22, July 26 and August 24.This interactive rig includes game highlights, video games and giveaways along with information about all things that are Nats-related.

A special announcement regarding an exclusive event will be released in the coming weeks.

Opening Day at Municipal Stadium for the 2012 season will be on Thursday, April 5, against the West Virginia Power. Season tickets, mini-plans, and group packages with the Suns are now on sale. For more information and to reserve your seats at Municipal Stadium, call 301-791-6266, or visit www.hagerstownsuns.com. The Hagerstown Suns are owned by Hagerstown Baseball, LLC.

NATS/P-NATS: Potomac Nationals Announce 35th Anniversary Plan

The single-A affiliate for the Washington Nationals play less than thirty miles from Nationals Park in Woodbridge, Virginia.   Pfitzner Stadium is a great place to see the young players before they reach “The Show” and well worth the drive.

The Potomac Nationals (“P-Nats”) released the list of promotions and giveaway items for the 2012 season. A few highlights are Danny Rosenbaum bobbleheads on August 24, a Presidential-themed bobblehead in the spirit of an election year (no date listed), Country Night on June 8 complete with a mechanical bull, Battle of the Sexes Tug-of-War (no date listed) and Titanic Night on April 15, when women and children will be allowed in the ballpark fifteen minutes before men. There will also be fireworks after every Saturday home game.

The Potomac Nationals started in 1978 as the Alexandria Dukes. The P-Nats will wear a new 35th anniversary logo on the home jerseys all season, which opens on April 6 in Lynchburg.

Potomac Nationals 35th Anniversary Logo

Official Team Press Release:

P-Nats Announce 35th Anniversary Logo, Promo Schedule
Team to Honor Former Champions Throughout 2012 Season

February 27, 2012

The Potomac Nationals have rolled out the plan for an elaborate celebration of their 35th Anniversary throughout the upcoming 2012 season. The Nats, which were born in 1978 as the Alexandria Dukes, begin their 35th season of play on April 7th, and will honor the history made over the last three and a half decades. The P-Nats are thrilled to unveil a new 35th anniversary logo, which will be worn on the home jerseys all season. Past Carolina League Champions will be brought back to the Pfitz and the calendar will be chock full of commemorative giveaways.

Throughout the summer, fans that come through the gates at Pfitzner Stadium will take home fabulous promotional items: on August 24th, Nationals fans will receive a Danny Rosenbaum bobblehead; a Presidential-themed bobble in the spirit of the election year will thrill fans as well. Some of the other exciting giveaways in the 2012 season are: a mascot Piggy Bank on Friday, July 20; on August 10th, the team will wear a commemorative jersey voted on by the fans, and the jersey will be auctioned off at the end of the evening; Magnet Schedules throughout Opening weekend, April 13 to 15; A jersey-shaped lunch box on Saturday, July 21; a commemorative Alexandria Dukes hat on Friday, August 10; Team Photos on April 25 and August 25; and a TD Bank Coin Frenzy on Sunday, May 6, on which 500 dollars in coins will be spread onto the tarp on the infield for fans to scoop up.

The Nationals will also roll out the following new promotions: a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, when women and children will be allowed in the ballpark 15 minutes before men on April 15; the Washington Nationals’ Racing Presidents will visit Pfitzner Stadium on four dates; on June 8th, Country Night comes to Woodbridge with a mechanical bull; a Military Fly-Over on June 22; the Battle of the Sexes, featuring a 250-feet Tug-of-War; and The P-Nats are proud to bring back many of their nightly specials, highlighted by Saturday night Fireworks. Northern Virginia’s best pyrotechnic show will light up the sky above Pfitzner Stadium after every Saturday home game.

Dollar Monday, presented by the Washington Post, is back. For just a dollar, fans can purchase Grandstand tickets and hot dogs. Thursday Cheers is back, brought to fans by the Bungalow Ale House. Kids can run the bases after each weekend game, and Family Sundays allow fans to have a catch on the field before the ballgame. On Wednesdays, Belly Busters is back: for 15 dollars, fans get all-you-can eat from Uncle Julios and other top restaurants.

The season is just over a month away, and the Nationals open their home schedule Friday, April 13 with the Lynchburg Hillcats in town. Full season and mini ticket plans are on sale now. Call 703-590-2311 to reserve your seats now and be part of a summer-long celebration of 35 years of P-Nats baseball!

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.

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