September 2, 2014

NATS: “Bill and Teddy’s Executive Adventure

Racing Presidents started with a racewalk to Olympic music and then Tom started to sprint at the corner and others followed. Tom won. Phillies v. Nationals, July 31, 2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Racing Presidents started with a racewalk to Olympic music and then Tom started to sprint at the corner and others followed. Tom won. Phillies v. Nationals, July 31, 2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

 

WASHINGTON NATIONALS RACING PRESIDENTS
HEAD WEST ON FIRST EVER ROAD TRIP TO MOUNT RUSHMORE

Fans can follow “Bill and Teddy’s Executive Adventure” throughout
Presidents Day weekend

For the first time ever, the Washington Nationals Racing Presidents – George, Tom, Abe, Teddy and the newest member, Bill – will celebrate Presidents Day from America’s definitive presidential landmark when they visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.

To kick off the Bill-Teddy rivalry, the two Presidents will “race” from D.C. to Mount Rushmore beginning Friday, February 15 and join the other Racing Presidents at the monument on Presidents Day. Fans can cast their ballots for “Bill and Teddy’s Executive Adventure” on Twitter by using #VoteBill or #VoteTeddy to identify which of the two presidents they think should win. One randomly selected user of each hashtag will win a private mascot appearance with their respective Racing President. Official sweepstakes rules will be posted to the Nationals official Twitter account (@Nationals) when the contest launches on February 15.

All five of the Racing Presidents will celebrate Presidents Day at Mount Rushmore with the Black Hills, Badlands and Lakes Association. Bill and Teddy will be tweeting throughout their travels and fans are encouraged to track their adventures by following @NatsBigChief27 and @Teddy26Nats.

Due to the road trip, auditions for the 2013 Racing Presidents – which are traditionally held President’s Day weekend – will instead take place on Saturday, March 2. Fans with presidential aspirations have until Wednesday, February 20 to apply for the chance to fill the shoes of George, Tom, Abe, Teddy and Bill throughout the 2013 baseball season.

To be eligible, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:
- Measure between 5’7” and 6’6” in height
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be able to run from center field to home plate in 40 seconds (approximately 200 yards)
- Be able to wear a costume weighing approximately 45 lbs for several hours
- Be available for at least 35 Nationals home games

Racing hopefuls should submit their cover letter, resume and photo to Entertainment@nationals.com. Once these materials are received, applicants will be contacted and required to answer six mascot-related questions. Further details regarding the 2013 Racing Presidents auditions will be released in the coming weeks.

Developed in 2006, the Racing Presidents are 12-foot oversized mascots who race in the fourth inning GEICO Presidents Race during every Nationals home game. The popular figures can be seen promoting the team and its community efforts at Nationals Park and around the Washington region. For more information on the Racing Presidents, visit nationals.com/racing presidents.

NATS/P-NATS: Revamped Uncle Slam to be Unveiled

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REVAMPED UNCLE SLAM TO BE UNVEILED AT WEGMANS
The new, revitalized P-Nats Official Mascot, Uncle Slam, will be revealed to the public on Saturday, February 16th at Wegmans in Woodbridge, VA

Woodbridge, VA—Following rehabilitation from injuries sustained during the Potomac Nationals’ front office fire in late June of 2012, the brand new, revamped Uncle Slam is set to be unveiled to the public on Saturday, February 16th at Wegmans in Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center in Woodbridge, VA.

The Potomac Nationals’ official mascot was famously placed on the 60-day disabled list retroactive to July 4th, 2012, and missed the remainder of the ’12 campaign with undisclosed wounds.

Since the incident, Uncle Slam has been recovering and nursing himself back to full health while rehabilitating at the Official Gym of the Potomac Nationals, Gold’s Gym Lake Ridge.

“We are extremely pleased with Uncle Slam’s off season dedication in getting to better than full strength. Slam modeled his off season regimen after NFL MVP, Adrian Peterson. Slam has been waiting all off-season to reunite with our fans and looks forward to his best season to date!” says P-Nats Vice President and General Manager, Josh Olerud.

Uncle Slam is now better than ever, and fans will get the opportunity to meet and greet the P-Nats most viral member at Wegmans. This unveiling will run from 12:00pm to 2:00pm and Uncle Slam, himself, is expected to be introduced at 12:30pm.

“Slam” will interact with Nationals fans, sign autographs, and show off his new look.

Uncle Slam’s inflatable bounce house will be set up outside Wegmans for children to play in, and a coloring station will be set up to the backdrop of balloons.

P-Nats staff members will be on hand to distribute 2013 pocket schedules, season ticket and mini plan information, as well as Uncle Slam’s Kids Club sign-up forms. When kids participate in Slam’s MVP Kids Club package, they receive a courtesy Uncle Slam Piggy Bank presented by: TD Bank.

P-Nats fans can show their Wegmans card at the information table to receive a special code to be used for an upcoming discount offer inside the online National Mall Team Store, the official merchandise hub for the Potomac Nationals.

Arguably the most popular P-Nats hallmark, Uncle Slam is the face of the Nationals’ community endeavors and can often be found throughout Northern Virginia neighborhoods working on the Uncle Slam’s Reading Program, making youth baseball appearances, and even delivering Valentine’s Day flowers.

Uncle Slam, the Director of Fun for the Potomac Nationals, will enter his 9th season serving as official team mascot in 2013. As the central cheerleader for P-Nats Baseball since 2005, Uncle Slam has been a part of the P-Nats’ franchise tradition as long as the last two United States Presidential terms.

The bluest member of the P-Nats staff, only in hair tone and converse to his persistent P-Nattitude, Uncle Slam is a fixture of the Pfitzner Stadium experience, using a gregarious demeanor to complement his iconic outfit, which represents the hallmark of American patriotism amidst the landscape of our national pastime.

UNCLE SLAM PROFILE

BORN: 4th of July (he thinks the fireworks are always for him!)
HOMETOWN: Woodbridge, VA
HEIGHT: Really Tall
WEIGHT: Healthy
BATS: Switch
THROWS: Right
WARDROBE: Red, white, and blue top hat/pants, blue and white hair/goatee, P-Nats jersey, and red sneakers
WALK-OUT MUSIC: “Slam (Let the Boys be Boys)” by Onyx
JOB DESCRIPTION: To make you a P-Nats fan for life!
FAVORITE FOOD: Funnel Cakes
FAVORITE COLOR(S): Red, White, and Blue
HOBBIES: Dancing, signing autographs, hanging with superstars, and cheering the P-Nats on to victory!
TAGLINE: “Uncle Slam Wants You…to Join the Party!”

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 81-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 16 consecutive years. In 2013, Wegmans ranked #5 on the list.

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 2013 season tickets and mini plans are on sale now. Renew your season tickets at Pfitzner Stadium for only $50 per seat. Sponsorship opportunities for the ‘13 season are now available. Plan your corporate outing now in preparation for next season 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!

2013 Washington Nationals NatsFest (with fan photos)

“We’re going to the World Series this year.” – Principal Owner Mark Lerner said during a “State of the Nationals” forum for season ticket holders at NatsFest.

The Washington Nationals held NatsFest on Saturday, January 26 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. By all accounts, it sounded like a big success with more than 7,000 fans (per @NationalsPR).

Fans got a chance to see new Nationals Denard Span and Dan Haren as well as several other Nats players and prospects, including Corey Brown, Tyler Clippard, Ian Desmond, Ross Detwiler, Danny Espinosa, Christian Garcia, Gio Gonzalez, Brian Goodwin, Bryce Harper, Nathan Karns, Steve Lombardozzi, Ryan Mattheus, Tyler Moore, Ryan Perry, Anthony Rendon, Will Rhymes, Matt Skole, Drew Storen, Kurt Suzuki, Chad Tracy, Jayson Werth and Jordan Zimmermann.

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo and Mark Lerner, one of the team’s Principal Owners, as well as team broadcasters Bob Carpenter, F.P. Santangelo, Charlie Slowes and Phil Wood were also in attendance. [Read more...]

PHOTOS: TEDDY WINS!

He did it! Teddy finally won during last game of regular season of Nats first winning season! [Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012] (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Well, it FINALLY happened. Teddy Won.

On October 3, 2012, Teddy was decked out in his shiny new gold sneakers and red headband, both by Under Armour.

After 525 losses and never winning a race, it seemed fitting that Teddy Roosevelt would win his first race during the last game of the regular season during the Washington Nationals first winning season.

If it hadn’t happened today, fans thought it just would not happen. Teddy has gotten a lot of attention lately and has appeared in the ESPN E:60 video, on the cover page of the Wall Street Journal, topic of an ABC special and the subject of many local news stories.

It was fun to see the Nationals players and coaches watch the race and celebrate Teddy’s victory as well. Several players have voiced their opinion on Teddy’s losing streak including Jayson Werth’s attemped coup with the bullpen last season and most recently, Drew Storen.

After Teddy’s milestone, Jayson Werth said, “I think I said last year that it’s going to be tough to win without Teddy winning, but I guess he was waiting for us.” “I guess,” Werth continued, “it marks the end of an era and the beginning of a new chapter in Nats baseball.”

Read all about Teddy’s first win and the Presidents Race history at our friends over at Let Teddy Win.

Now that Teddy has won, what happens next? Does he go back to a long losing streak? Retire? Either way, let’s hope that the race is no longer announced as the, “Main Event.” Stephen Strasburg agrees.

Congrats Teddy.

Fans under press box held up Teddy signs early in the game. – Last Game of Regular Season-Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Fans were ready for Teddy to win today! Last Game of Regular Season-Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Teddy started off in last place – Last Game of Regular Season-Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Teddy was decked out in his shiny new gold sneakers and red headband, both by Under Armour – Last Game of Regular Season-Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Teddy’s new shiny gold sneakers – Last Game of Regular Season-Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

A creepy looking faux Philly Fanatic is on the far right and apparently took out the other Racing Presidents – Last Game of Regular Season-Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Teddy leaping after victory! Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Teddy flashed his postseason Natitude shirt to the screaming fans during Last Game of Regular Season-Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

The Nats players and coaches even watched Teddy win and high-fived after Teddy’s victory – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 3, 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.

Washington Capitals Day at Potomac Nationals

The Potomac Nationals, single-A affiliate for the Washington Nationals, celebrated hockey with Washington Capitals Day on Sunday, August 12th at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Virginia.

Prior to the P-Nats game against the Winston-Salem Dash at 1:05 p.m.,  Washington Capitals “Enforcer” and NHL Hall of Famer Rod Langway signed autographs and posed for photographs with fans. Langway, known as the “Secretary of Defense”, was a two-time winner of the Norris Trophy which is given to the NHL’s top defensemen. He also finished second to Wayne Gretzky in 1982 for the Hart Trophy which is given to the MVP of the NHL. He won a Stanley Cup with Montreal in 1979. Langway was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002. [Read more...]

NATS/P-NATS: Vote for Uncle Slam’s Replacement


Fan Vote on 2012 P-Nats Mascot on July 18th
P-Nats Welcome Fans To Come Out and Vote on New Mascot at Pfitz

(WOODBRIDGE, VA) – The Potomac Nationals are proud to announce that on Wednesday, July 18th fans will have the chance to pick a new mascot for the remainder of the 2012 season. All mascots that have offered to help with the P-Nats will have a chance to be voted the mascot for the rest of 2012.

At the July 18th game against the Lynchburg Hillcats, the P-Nats invite fans to vote on which mascot they’d like to see for the rest of 2012. Each fan will get one vote which will be collected by Nationals staff members after each mascot is introduced before the game.

The following mascots that have been gracious enough to come down to the Pfitz and offer their services will be in attendance to be voted on:

Patty the Patriot — Prince William Ice Center, Potomac Patriots
Talon — DC United
Grrrounder — Harrisburg Senators
Chicken — Theresa Cattlit
Sym Man — Symantics
Fluffy — AvantGarb Inc
Uncle Slam the Eagle — Scare Force One Roller Derby Team
Da-Bomb-shell — Cherry Blossom Bombshells Roller Derby Team
The Pickle — Majority Whips Roller Derby Team
Beelxebubba and Battlecat — Demon Cats Roller Derby Team

The Nationals would like to thank all who volunteered their mascots as well as all news organizations who have put out the word to help our efforts.

A reminder that Uncle Slam will be back for the 2013 Season with the Nationals after he is activated from the DL. He will be back with a brand new suit and attitude!

Potomac returns home on Monday, July 16th to start a seven-game home stand against the Lynchburg Hillcats. The Potomac Nationals are celebrating their 35th Anniversary of professional baseball and family fun, for all your ticket needs please visit www.potomacnationals.com.

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/P-NATS: Potomac Nationals are looking for a new mascot

Updated July 12: Vote on Replacement

Potomac Nationals Transactions 7-6-12: Mascot Uncle Slam Placed on 60-Day DL
P-Nats Look for New Mascot in Wake of Injury

The Potomac Nationals have announced the following roster move:

Mascot Uncle Slam placed on 60-Day DL (retroactive to 7/4)

That currently puts the P-Nats at zero mascots which is under the Carolina League minimum of one mascot. Uncle Slam will miss the remainder of the season due to the fire at the Pfitz and is recovering but will be fully healthy for the 2013 season. Expect Uncle Slam in 2013 to be new and improved at the Pfitz with a brand new attitude!

With Potomac under the Carolina League minimum of one mascot, the P-Nats are looking for help from any team or organization that is willing to let Potomac adopt their mascot. Any mascot willing to sign on for a two-month contract with the Potomac Nationals will be handsomely rewarded with baseball bucks, Chilli’s Lemonade, Chick-Fil-A sandwiches and the chance to watch fireworks every Saturday night.

“Uncle Slam is a huge part of the Pfitz experience,” says General Manager Josh Olerud. “While we have to wait for the 2013 season for him to be 100% and back in the fold, we need someone to fill that void we are missing in our lineup.”

If you or your organization is willing to lend a mascot, please send an e-mail to jolerud@potomacnationals.com.

The Potomac Nationals are celebrating their 35th Anniversary of professional baseball and family fun, for all your ticket needs please visit www.potomacnationals.com or call 703-590-2311.

NATS: Happy “Racing” Presidents’ Day (with Photos)

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt had a big day in New York. The Washington Nationals’ Racing Presidents spent Presidents’ Day on Long Island for their traditional skate during the intermission at a New York Islanders game. Teddy tweeted a warmup photo before game. Apparently, they also got to meet Jack Hanna.

Glad to see that Teddy made it back from Barbados safe and sound. Washington Nationals Entertainment Manager Tom Davis announced that Teddy was on vacation, which was the reason Teddy missed out when the Nationals held auditions for the 2012 Racing Presidents on Saturday, February 18. “Teddy takes a vacation every year right around Presidents’ Day weekend. I got a postcard from Teddy in Barbados,” said Davis. [Read more...]

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