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Under the Mistletoe

The Center Field gate at Nationals Park was transformed into a winter wonderland before today’s game. In conjunction with the Christmas in July Toy Drive, going on this weekend at the Park, Nationals’ fans arrived to the game and were given a real treat. Screech, dressed as Santa, carried around mistletoe hanging from a baseball bat and tried to get fans to kiss. Also, Nationals pitchers Tyler Clippard, Garrett Mock, and Jason Bergmann met with the fans, signing autographs and handing out Nationals tattoos.


IMG_0972.jpgDavid Gough, 12, came to the game with his mom, Jennifer. His little league team, the Cubs, recently beat the Nationals for the championship. He’s hoping for a different result tonight.


“I just met Tyler Clippard,” David said. “He was really nice and signed my program for me.”


Olivia Wortman, 6, received a Nationals tattoo from Clippard when she arrived at the park too. This season ticket holder plays for the Nationals in her “coaches-pitch” league and was excited to meet the players who share her same uniform.


“It was really cool to meet the players,” Olivia said. “Now I have to go get my favorite game food: pizza and Gifford’s Cookies and Cream ice cream!”


Jason Bergmann handed out temporary Curly “W” tattoos to fans as they walked through the Center Field gate.


“I love interacting with the fans,” Bergmann said. “I try to do this as often as I can.”


IMG_0964.jpgCatch some of your favorite players, and the mischievous Screech, at the Center Field gate all weekend long. Don’t forget to bring your new, unwrapped gifts to the game to donate to Toys for Tots during the fourth annual Christmas in July Toy Drive with the Washington Nationals.



Name the CAPS: The future stars of the Capitals took time off from the Capital Development Camp to watch the Nats.


Got their RED on:


Christmas in July

The Night at NatsTown

‘Twas the day of the game, when all through NatsTown,
The whole park was stirring, soaking in all the sights and sounds.
The bats were in place by the dugout with care,
In hopes that Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman soon would hit it here.
The fans were nestled all snug in their seats,
While visions of walk-off home runs and people dancing down half street.
A Dad in his Zim jersey, and I in my cap,

Had just gave a kid a brand new Nats hat.
When out in NatsTown there arose such a clatter,
It was Christmas in July and giving toys was all that mattered.


071208-037 nationals.JPGThe Washington Nationals will host the fourth annual Christmas in July Toy Drive, benefitting the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, tomorrow through Sunday. Volunteers from the U.S. Marines and the Nationals will be present at the Nationals Park Center Field Gates to accept donations of new, unwrapped toys from gates opening through the end of the fourth inning. The toys collected will be distributed to needy families in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Region. Nationals fans donated more than 2,000 toys and $19,000 in 2008.


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