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Meet the #NatsCaveCrasher Finalists

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It was a tough task, but we’ve whittled down our field of over 500 entries in our #NatsCaveCrasher Instagram Contest to five deserving finalists. Now, they’ll go head-to-head Saturday at Nationals Park, putting their photography skills to the test for a chance to win that all-expenses-paid trip for two to New York City.

Each finalist will receive a shot sheet of things to photograph and upload to Instagram during Saturday’s game against the Mets and the NatsLive Free Postgame Concert featuring Gavin DeGraw. We’ll then compile each finalist’s portfolio into a gallery here on Curly W Live, where fans will have 48 hours to vote for their favorite. The grand-prize winner will be headed to see the Nationals play the Mets and visit the MLB Fan Cave on September 10-11, while our runner-up will win four PNC Diamond Lounge tickets to a future Nationals game.

Before we host our finalists, though, let’s take a look at what makes these Nats fans worthy of a chance to crash the Cave.

Meet the Finalists:

Andy BatesAndy B.

@batesandy

Hometown: Chevy Chase, Md.

Age: 26

After moving to the DMV in October 2009, Andy latched onto the Nationals as buzz began generating around Stephen Strasburg’s 2010 debut. That 14-strikeout performance was enough to hook this Nats fan for life. Though his favorite player is Bryce Harper, Andy also claims “utmost respect for Jayson Werth’s beard,” untucks his shirt after every Rafael Soriano save and does his best to hit the high notes during A-ha’s “Take On Me” during the seventh-inning stretch.

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Jodie Curtis Nationals PicJodie C.

@jodieraecurtis

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

Age: 30

Jodie moved to Washington around the same time baseball did in 2005. Having never had a team to root for growing up in Kentucky, she immediately called the Nats her own. Torn between Bryce Harper and Ian Desmond for who tops the list of her favorite Nationals, Jodie ranks Jayson Werth’s walk-off homer in Game 4 of the 2012 NLDS as “one of the best sports moments I’ve ever witnessed in person…I felt like Washington became a baseball town that October night,” she said.

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SueAnn CagleSueAnn C.

@natsfan224

Hometown: Oxon Hill, Md.

Age: 31

Free tickets from participating in a blood drive brought SueAnn to her first Nationals game in 2009. The rest is history has her love of baseball and the Nats has grown exponentially since. She counts the Nationals division clinch last year among her favorite memories and was in the crowd when Michael Morse brought a champagne shower to the left-field stands.

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Nick PalastroNick P.

@nickpalastro

Hometown: Springfield, Va.

Age: 22

Nick’s destiny as a Nats fan was cemented the last time Washington hosted a Major League ball club. His dad was a Senators fan, having attended the last game at RFK Stadium on September 30, 1971 and the Nationals’ first exhibition game on April 3, 2005. Though Nick braved Philadelphia while attending college at Temple University, he’s undaunted in his Natitude — even outfitting the city’s Rocky Balboa statue with a Jayson Werth jersey.

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Jonathan BaldwinJonathan B.

@jonnyb1221

Hometown: Fredericksburg, Va.

Age: 27

Jonathan had never been to a Major League Baseball game before the U.S. Navy stationed him at Washington Navy Yard in 2011. A whim brought him and his wife to Nationals Park for the first time that year, sparking their now-mutual love of baseball and the Nationals. Now, their nightly ritual involves switching on the Nats game, but nothing compares to being in attendance for Jayson Werth’s walk-off in the playoffs. “I will never forget the vibe in the stadium at that moment,” Jonathan said.

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***Voting is now closed. Thank you for your support, click here to see our winner!***

Your Chance to Crash The Cave

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As a Major League Baseball team in one of the country’s most progressive technological markets, we’re always looking for new and creative ways to use the expanding world of social media to connect with our fans. In that spirit, we are hosting our first-ever Instagram-based event, which is the first of its kind in all of Major League Baseball.

We’re partnering with the gracious folks at the MLB Fan Cave in New York to present the #NatsCaveCrasher contest. Simply tag your best Nationals Instagram photos with the hashtag #NatsCaveCrasher for your chance to win pregame field passes, access to the Nats Fan Cave and field passes for yourself and a friend to the Free NatsLive Postgame Concert featuring Gavin DeGraw on Saturday, August 31 as the Nationals play the Mets.

As a finalist, you will be tasked with compiling a portfolio of photos from the evening, which will be displayed right here on Curly W Live and voted on by your fellow fans. Whoever receives the most votes will win an all-expenses paid trip for two to New York City September 9-10 to visit the MLB Fan Cave and see the Nationals take on the Mets at Citi Field.

Not bad, right?

We’ll be picking finalists on a rolling basis between now and August 21, so be sure to keep tagging photos for your chance to be chosen. We’ll announce one finalist on each of the five following dates:

Monday, August 12

Wednesday, August 14

Friday, August 16

Monday, August 19

Wednesday, August 21

For official rules and a gallery of entries, visit nationals.com/natscavecrasher today. Make sure you’re following @Nationals on Instagram and send in your submissions. Maybe you can crash both the Nats Fan Cave and the MLB Fan Cave in New York City.

A NatsLive Weekend

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The Fourth of July may be in the rear-view mirror, but there’s still plenty going on at Nationals Park this weekend. As you may have heard, we’ve added an additional performer to our 2013 NatsLive Free Postgame Concert Series. That means we’ve packed back-to-back postgame concerts in this weekend. Thompson Square will perform following Saturday’s 4:05 p.m. game vs. San Diego and on Sunday, award-winning group Third Day will take the stage after the 1:35 p.m. contest.*

Thompson Square: Saturday, July 6

The husband-and-wife country duo of Kiefer and Shawna Thompson has made a splash in Nashville with hits like “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?” and “If I Didn’t Have You.” Their chart-topping songs have earned them GRAMMY consideration and distinction as country radio darlings.

Third Day: Sunday, July 7

Now on their 12th album, Miracle, the Christian rock group infuses rock anthems with life-affirming lyrics that have resulted in an impressive body of work. Third Day has earned four GRAMMYs and has released several Gold and Platinum albums.

Gavin DeGraw: Saturday, August 31

After breaking onto the scene with 2003’s Chariot, DeGraw has enjoyed a steady stream of success with his self-titled 2008 offering, a live album Free, and 2012’s Sweeter. Hits like “In Love With A Girl,” “I Don’t Want To Be” and “Soldier” are pop radio stables.

Montgomery Gentry: Saturday, September 21

Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry bring with them a new album, a new label and a new sense of purpose for a duo recognized as on of country’s most enduring acts. They’ve delivered 14 Top 10 hits since emerging in 1999, but Rebel On The Run looks poised to be Montgomery Gentry’s best since their debut.

For additional concert information, visit nationals.com/natslive.

*Must have corresponding game ticket to attend FREE postgame concerts. All promotions and events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply.

NatsLive Returns

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Following up on the success of last year’s popular NatsLive FREE Postgame Concert Series, the Nationals are rolling out four more postgame shows in 2013. We will be announcing the four over the course of the day, giving fans a chance to win VIP Packs – including an in-game Meet & Greet and postgame field passes – to each show.

Just make sure you’re following us on Twitter, where we’ll be giving out clues as to who each of the four artists are. Guess the artist correctly using #NatsLive for your chance to win (full rules). We’ll pull one lucky random correct answer for each artist to win 4 VIP Packs to that game/show.

Good luck, and stay tuned all day as we announce all four!

UPDATE: Our first NatsLive artist is Blues Traveler on June 8! Congrats to @reginaah for guessing correctly and winning 4 VIP Packs!

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UPDATE: Our second NatsLive artist is Thompson Square on July 6! Congrats to @jakesauser for guessing correctly and winning 4 VIP Packs!

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UPDATE: Our third NatsLive artist is Gavin DeGraw on August 31! Congrats to @CarolineV34 for guessing correctly and winning 4 VIP Packs!

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UPDATE: Our fourth and final NatsLive artist is Montgomery Gentry on September 21! Congrats to @megcalnan for guessing correctly and winning 4 VIP Packs!

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13 Things We’re Excited About for 2013: #8

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In the lead up to Opening Day at Nationals Park on April 1, we’re counting down 13 things we’re excited about on and off the field heading into the 2013 season. Be sure to check back each day as we add another item to the list and get one day closer to the return of baseball to Washington!

#8: Bobbleheads and Concerts and Tweet-ups (oh my!)

The guesses at this year’s bobblehead class ranged far and wide, including many of your favorites on the Nats roster. And while Gio Gonzalez and Bryce Harper were popular – and correct – guesses, few saw Davey Johnson on the list until the clues began being revealed in our Bobblehead Trivia Challenge.

We had guesses and questions flying in from all corners of the web, fans trying to ply us for information. Here was an excerpt of one of our favorites from last Wednesday, after three clues had been revealed, via email:

If only 5 digits are ultimately revealed representing the jersey numbers for 3 players, then 2 of the players must have 2-digit jersey numbers and the third player must have only 1 digit. There are only 3 players with 1 digit jersey numbers (http://nationals.mlb.com/team/roster_active.jsp?c_id=was): Steve
Lombardozzi (1), Denard Span (2) and Danny Espinosa (8). None of these numbers have been the solution to any of the first three clues, therefore one of them (1, 2, or 8) must be revealed by the final two clues.

As mentioned, two of the digits revealed are the number 4. There is no #44 on the active roster, therefore the number 4 must appear in both jersey numbers of the players with 2-digit jersey numbers. Because the answer to clue #2 is 5, and that isn’t the number for any of the single-digit players on the roster (http://nationals.mlb.com/team/roster_active.jsp?c_id=was), it must be paired with one of the 4s.

In short, based on the answers to the clues and the limited number of clues/digits remaining, one of the jersey numbers must be either 45 or 54. Currently there are no players with either number on the roster.

After some careful thought, our fan put two and two together and realized that, in spite of his correct math, there was one more possibility – Davey Johnson, our third and final bobblehead of 2012.

Congrats to our grand prize winner, Ellie Spitzer. And here’s your first look at our first bobblehead of the year, Gio Gonzalez, on Saturday, April 13.

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We know you’re also eagerly awaiting the unveiling of our NatsLive FREE postgame concert series, which we will be announcing soon. Finally, we’ll also be expanding our in-park social media events this season, so make sure you’re following us on both Facebook and Twitter for those announcements and special offers as they are announced later this year. Click here for an updated list of promotions to date.

District 9: Dierks Bentley

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Note: This article has been updated due to the rescheduled FREE Nats Live post-game concert, featuring Dierks Bentley.

We are putting our own spin on the traditional “10 Questions” format this season. To mix it up a little, we are asking players, front office members, coaches, prospects and others nine questions we think you’d like to know the answer to, then taking our favorite submission through Facebook and Twitter from the fans for the final question. This time around, we’re chatting with the last of three NatsLive Post-Game Concert Series performers, Dierks Bentley!

1. You were born in Arizona and went to school in Vermont for a year before transferring to Vanderbilt. When you came down to Nashville, was that more for the school side of it or did you already see your career path knowing that’s a huge music hub?

I moved there for music. I was 17 and I really knew what I wanted to do, which was play country music. It’s hard to take a dream and actually put the rubber to the road and make it happen. I took a leap and tried to figure out how I was going to pull this thing off with no help, no contacts, no family members that sing. I had zero to start with. It took a lot to figure out how to make it happen. The best way was to try to get to Nashville and try to get to school there. I had a friend who helped me get in, which was great because I am not a great listener, nor a great student. The day I got there I went over to the Country Music Association and got an internship there. Then I started grinding away. I moved there in 1994. I got a record deal in 2002; it was about eight years of grinding away and trying to make it happen. 

2. You were the third youngest inductee to the Grand Old Opry. What did that honor mean to you?

The Grand Old Opry is great. Keith Urban just got inducted recently. It means a lot to us, as country singers who really love the music, the history of it, love to be a part of it. It’s one of the biggest career honors you can have. It still means a lot every time I walk out there. It’s great to be a part of that history and that family.

Dierks Bentley will play the first NatsLive free post-game show of 2012, this Saturday, September 22 at Nationals Park.

3. So you’re touring for your seventh album right now. Do you have a favorite one that really sticks out for you at this point?

This one is one of my top favorite seven (laughing). They all are really my favorites in some way. Every song that has gone to radio has been a song I had written. Most of the albums have been mostly comprised of what I have been a part of as a songwriter. Yeah, they are all really special. I can’t believe there have been that many. You always feel like your next one is going to be better the one before. You always want to top it.

4. What have been your big influences and have they changed at all over the years as you have matured as a songwriter?

I definitely always listen to new sounds and ideas and what the current sound is out there. I grew up listening to country. My dad listened to a lot of old school stuff. He loved Hank Williams and John Williams and George Strait and Randy Travis. Then in ’89 when Alan Jackson and Clint Black and Garth Brooks came out that was a big influence on me. As soon as I moved to Nashville, I started digging deeper into bluegrass music and Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Osmond Brothers but even now Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam and U2. There are a lot of rock bands that I think are great, and that influence the live part of our show.

5. You have a couple of daughters now. How does that affect your songwriting and your career in general, always being on the road?

It’s a part of my music of course. There is a song on my record called “Thinking of You,” which is about being away from my three year old. It’s tough, they just break your heart, they’re the greatest thing in the world, so it’s tough to be away from them. In a weird way, it makes the show better just because you know you are making a sacrifice by being away from them and they are missing you, so you go out every night and it actually makes the show that much more important. You tell the guys in the band before we walk on stage, “We’ve got people that are missing us, we’ve got to make this day worth it, worth that sacrifice.” You have to go out there and put on a more kick-ass show than any of them have had before, need to make it worthwhile for everybody. It actually makes me feel better in a lot of ways.

6. The song “Home” on your new album has a military connection – obviously we have a lot of military connections here with the Nationals. How big of an influence has the military had on your life and what was the background for writing that song?

My dad was in the army; my grandfather was in the army. We’ve played military bases like Twin Palms and Walter Reed, even on military bases in other countries. It’s something you think about every day. A lot of soldiers and families are backstage for meet and greets every night. I see them out in the crowds holding up their dog tags and military ID cards. We’ve done stuff to continually support the Wounded Warriors Project. It’s something we speak about a lot. The song “Home” kind of started about a lot of things. It starts off in the current moment, in the plane bound west and looking down the country, thinking about the good and bad and the hard times and the great times. But as the song progresses, I think it’s the third verse, it talks about the founding fathers, actually talks about the first immigrants. Thinking about people coming here for religious freedom, for whatever, and they signed their names for something they believed, talking about the founding fathers. Risking their lives to sign the Declaration of Independence. “How the blood ran red and we laid our dead in sacred ground.” Thinking about all the military people that have sacrificed from the very beginning to now, the people who died for this country, I wonder what they would think. That’s definitely the connection there and it’s a part of the video and it’s a big part of the song. I’m glad there are families out there and they can connect to that.

Dierks Bentley tells Curly W Live that he and the band are “fired up” to play Nationals Park this weekend.

7. How excited are you to come to D.C. and play at Nationals Park?

I love the baseball stadiums, they’re a blast. I get a chance to watch a game and sometimes throw out a pitch and hang out. Then when I go out there, everyone is already fired up and usually in a good mood, either way, win or lose and I go play some music in a huge venue. Playing ballparks is a blast.

It’s not just me, it’s everyone in the band. Everyone is really excited to get out there. We are all huge baseball fans in the whole bus. Just being able to go to a game and enjoy a day like that and get a chance to go out there and play, it’s great. We’ve had a lot of people that hit me up in the area about this particular show and performance, a lot of people coming out that are friends of mine. It’s just going to be a great day. Gives me a great feeling. It seems like a real American type of gig. It’s a night at the ballpark playing music. It is fun for all of us. We are fired up.

8. Do you have any superstitions before every gig?

I have these old boots that I have had for a long time that actually require duct tape every night to put on, because they have so many rips and tears in them. I guess that’s a weird ritual. As far as food goes, its whatever you can find. Some days it’s a great meal, some days it’s whatever is lying around. It’ll probably be some hot dogs over there when I’m at Nationals Park.

9. You talk about looking forward to the first pitch. Did you play baseball growing up?

Yeah, I never progressed too far with it. I played a little bit as a kid. I love being out there on the field. It is a great feeling and it’s cool to hang out and talk to some of the players. Turns out a lot of them are country fans. It changes your world a little bit. Checking out the stands, checking out the locker rooms and the clubhouse, seeing how those guys do it. Talking about traveling and being on the road, there are a lot of common things we share. It’s always good to see someone else’s world. And being on the mound, it’s a great feeling.

Fan question, from @AngelMickey1993 on Twitter: “What advice would you give an aspiring country singer?”

That’s a great question. Sing wherever you live. Sing as much for friends, family, or find a local place and sing there too. Just look for any avenue possible to get going. There is no one way of doing it. All I can say is sing and sing to as many people as you possibly can.

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