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The upcoming homestand includes complimentary tickets for military service members, a giveaway item featuring Racing President Teddy and a visit from a NASA astronaut. There will also be several fun family activities, including Kids Opening Day, Scout Day and a celebration of Screech’s birthday. As always, the Budweiser Terrace will feature daily happy hour specials, including $5 beers from the time gates open until 35 minutes before first pitch.
Friday, April 22
Anthony’s Academy All-Stars: Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon will bring a group of scholar-athletes from the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy – where Anthony sits on the Board of Directors – to Nationals Park for an opportunity to watch a game. As part of this season-long program, the group will enjoy a private meet and greet with Anthony, special batting practice viewing, tickets to the game and NatsBucks. For more information on the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, visit nationalsacademy.org.
Saturday, April 23
Pups in the Park #1 Presented by Budweiser: On Saturday, Nationals fans and their canine friends can enjoy the first Pups in the Park of the 2016 season presented by Budweiser. Every dog participating in Saturday’s pregame Pups parade will receive a co-branded Nationals and Budweiser dog leash. Fans and their pups will enjoy the designated Pup Zone in the Family Picnic Area, featuring pet sitters and representatives from the Washington Humane Society and Fetch! Pet Care. All proceeds from dog tickets benefit the Washington Humane Society. Saturday’s event is sold out. The next Pups in the Park will be held on May 14. Visit nationals.com/pups for additional information and future tickets.
Scout Day #1: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies, Cub Scouts, Daisies, Eagle Scouts and other groups from across the region are invited to Nationals Park for the season’s first Scout Day. All scouts who purchase Scout Day tickets will receive a commemorative Nationals Scout Patch. For more information and tickets, visit nationals.com/groups.
Sunday, April 24
Kids Opening Day Presented by Jr. Nationals Kids Club: The Nationals invite the team’s youngest fans to help kick off the 2016 season by celebrating Kids Opening Day. A variety of kid-friendly activities will be available before the start of the game, including face painters in the Family Picnic Area from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. In addition, all kids ages 4-12 will have the opportunity to run the bases after Sunday regular season home games, weather permitting. Jr. Nationals MVP members (ages 12 and under) will have access to an exclusive line that will go onto the field first. For more information on the Jr. Nationals Kids Club, visit nationals.com/jrnats.
Screech’s Birthday: Happy 11th birthday, Screech! Mascots from across the D.C. area will be at Nationals Park to help Screech celebrate his big day. Screech and his friends will play fun games, including musical chairs, and participate in a special birthday ceremony on the field!
Tuesday, April 26
Racing President Teddy Plush Window Cling: On Tuesday, the Nationals will give away Racing President Teddy Plush Window Clings to the first 20,000 fans to enter the ballpark through ALL GATES. After the game, the Nationals are encouraging fans to share photos of where they placed the Teddy Window Plush Cling by using the hashtag #ClingTeddyCling. Participants will be entered to win complimentary tickets to a game in May.
NASA Night at Nationals Park: NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on April 26 before the game against the Phillies. Dr. Lindgren recently returned from a six-month stay aboard the International Space Station, where he and his Expeditions 44 and 45 crewmates conducted hundreds of scientific experiments. As a tribute to the team, he brought along a Washington Nationals hat for his journey aboard the space station, and even threw a pitch in space.
Wednesday, April 27
Patriotic Series Presented by SAIC – Military Appreciation Day: Military Appreciation Day marks the first of four games in the Patriotic Series presented by SAIC. The Patriotic series utilizes on-field programming and pregame ceremonies, themed giveaways and patriotic uniforms to honor service members and their families. As a thank you for their service and sacrifice, the Nationals will offer two complimentary tickets to members of the military (active duty, dependent, reservist or retiree) for every military ID presented at the Grand Staircase Box Office near First Base Gate beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Maximum of two tickets per ID. Complimentary and discounted tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.
Parking, Safety and Transportation
Visit nationals.com/waytogo for information on parking and additional routes to Nationals Park. To receive up-to-date WMATA service notifications on a mobile device, fans are encouraged to register for Alert DC at http://hsema.dc.gov/page/alertdc.
As part of Major League Baseball’s ongoing safety enhancements at all ballparks, Nationals Park introduced walk-through metal detectors before the 2015 season. These safety precautions will continue throughout the 2016 season. The Nationals have added metal detectors at all entrances, including Third Base, as well as the ADA First Base Accessible entrance. Fans are encouraged to allow plenty of extra time when getting to their seats.
Fans traveling to the ballpark should be aware that there are numerous new construction projects underway in the surrounding area. To ensure safe crossings, please be mindful of signage and directions given by public safety officers.
For game tickets and more information, call 202.675.NATS(6287) or visit nationals.com/tickets.
In honor of our first Pups in the Park of 2013, we’re sharing photos of some of our players’ dogs with you. But which pup belongs to which player? Vote below, then check the comments for the answers!
If you weren’t able to make it for today’s Pups in the Park, we’ve got three more dates scheduled for 2013, so get your tickets now before they’re gone.
Ladies, Gentlemen and poochies. That’s right, today Nationals Park played host to some canine companions during two exciting events: the second Pups in the Park and the third Annual Adopt-a-Pet.
Ladies, Gentlemen and poochies. That’s right, tonight Nationals Park played host to some canine companions during two exciting events: the First Annual Pups in the Park and the Second Annual Adopt-a-Pet. Below are some pictures from these fun events.
To find out about how you can adopt a pet, check out the Washington Humane Society’s website here.
Pups in the Park
To find out about how you can adopt a pet, check out the Washington Humane Society’s website here.
Dogs typically aren’t allowed at Nationals Park–most public places for that matter–so it is a unique experience when pet owners are granted permission to bring their prized pet to the park this weekend. The Nationals are hosting their first ever “Pups in the Park” event this weekend and if it is anything like the Dog Days that have taken place at other parks, you can expect to see doggy super fans.
Dog owners love their canine companion(s). If a dog is attending a baseball game, it is a safe bet that the owner is going to make sure the dog is decked out in Nats gear, bandanas, jerseys and looks like the omnipotent Air Bud circa 1997. Brief history: in his prime, Air Bud could dunk, hit grand slams, spike volleyballs and beat Michael Jordan in a one-on-one game of basketball. (Air Bud is in the pseudo Doggie Hall of Fame. Beethoven is still seeking his nod into the fraternity–the inability to dunk hurt.)
Closer Mike MacDougal and his wife Mari Mascaro aren’t concerned about making their dog, Charlie Ann, look like Air Bud tomorrow, they are just thrilled to bring her to the park. The four-pound Charlie Anna is a Maltese poodle so she is inherently small and can fit in just about anything. It makes the trip to Nationals Park easy.
Do you carry her in a purse? “I do, but especially because she had to have double knee surgery this year so for the past twelve weeks she was like a baby,” Mascaro said. “But she just got her clearance today to be a normal dog again.”
Do you have to hide her a lot? “Yeah. She was caught once and they were like “Can you just keep her under the table?”
Any funny comments? “A lot of times you’ll hear ‘There’s a dog in there! Look, there’s a dog in there!'” People always just say it’s crazy. She has her own little bag.”
She is well traveled but not like Homeward Bound: The incredible Journey well traveled. Charlie Ann has seen the world, well the United States, out of the friendly confines of her own purse-like bag. Chance, Shadow and Sassy didn’t have the luxury of a climate controlled carrier, they also weren’t four pounds.
Charlie Ann doesn’t really do any cool tricks but she knows when her bag is placed on the floor it is travel time. She runs into it like a kid sprinting out of school on the last day. She is hyper and loves to wiggle her behind.
MacDougal loves dogs, manly ones. That’s why he has a lab-German shepherd mix named Sammy. Unfortunately, the 80-pound pup has to stay at his parent’s house during the season because of her size and MacDougal’s traveling requirements.
Mascaro always had dogs growing up but when she was around the age of 10, she saw a girl get bit by a dog. It made her timid around bigger dogs… a little scared of dogs that could jump up and reach her face.
“I started out slow,” She said. “Charlie Ann is lucky to get to my knees. But actually, because Sammy is so good, it’s made me a lot more comfortable around her. She’s a big dog. That was the only reason Mike let me get a little dog was because he already had her.”
In conjunction with Pups in the Park, the Nats are hosting the second annual Adopt-A-Pet at the Park event, which will take place before Saturday’s game. Located near the Strike Zone in the Family Fun Area, fans will be able to interact with dogs who are looking for a loving home to call their own. The fans will then be able to fill out applications on site to adopt the dogs they meet.
Pet tickets for Pups at the Park are sold out, but discounted human tickets remain for both days in support of the Adopt-A-Pet program. Left Field Mezzanine tickets, normally $30, can be purchased for $20 here. A portion of the proceeds from all tickets sold for the event will be donated to the Washington Humane Society.
There are a few other teams in the Majors that host a similar dog event. The A’s hosted a Dog Day at the Park with proceeds benefiting Dogs4Diabetics. They had a “Pup Rally” and a “Pup Parade.” The Astros are hosting their first annual Dog Day on Labor Day. The Pirates have “Pups in the Park” on selected Tuesday nights during the season. Last year, the six pup nights were themed: Most Pirates Pride, Best Dressed Pup, Most Patriotic Pup, Most Talented Pup and the kicker Owner/Pup Look-a-like.
“You know what though… you can match up the dogs to their owners,” Mascaro said. “You really can. And I think that’s funny. They say that about couples too… so I guess it all works.”