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Many of you have asked us about the #VoteNats Tweet-up over the last couple of weeks. What is it? Why should I buy tickets? How could Justin Upton possibly be leading Bryce Harper in the All-Star voting?
We’ve done our best to answer your questions here, but now the time has arrived to unveil the schedule for the event itself, along with all the prizes and special guests who will be on hand. So with no further ado, here we go:
3:30 p.m.: Gates Open
You’ll want to arrive early, as the first 45 fans to come through the gates and check in behind section 140 will receive either a NATITUDE or @nationals T-shirt. Plus, three of those lucky fans (along with a +1) will be chosen to take part in a Meet & Greet with Nationals players on the field (weather permitting).
While you get checked in and meet your fellow Nationals tweeps, take a few minutes to vote online on our iPads for your Nationals to go to the 2013 All-Star Game. One random winner who votes the maximum 35 times and tweets a photo will win an Adam LaRoche signed bat!
5:00 p.m.: Twitter Q&A featuring Tyler Clippard, Julie Alexandria, Dave Jageler and F.P. Santangelo
The center of attention will shift to our distinguished panel, which will discuss Twitter and baseball and answer your questions. We’ll have more great prizes as we talk Twitter and Nationals baseball with those right in the middle of the action.
Once first pitch has been thrown at 6:05 p.m., stay tuned to Twitter throughout the game for your chance to win great prizes, including autographed memorabilia, PNC Diamond Lounge seats and even a visit from a Racing President!
See you tonight…
We’re not tweeting at you, we’re tweeting with you.
This is always our philosophy at the Nationals, where we love how engaged our fans are across our social platforms, especially Twitter. You guys run the conversation, we just facilitate it. And, as facilitators, we are always looking for new ways to make that conversation more exciting, more engrossing and more interactive.
As such, we hope you’ll join us on July 3 for the #VoteNats Tweet-up, as we help the Nationals make a final push into the 2013 All-Star Game. If July 3 rings a bell as a familiar date, it should. We held the Ignite Your NATITUDE Tweet-up on the same day last season. With fireworks to follow the game and a National Holiday the next day, it seems as good a time as any to enjoy a beautiful summer evening of baseball with several hundred of your closest Twitter friends and ten of thousands of fellow Nationals fans.
The #VoteNats Tweet-up will include:
– Exclusive access to a Q&A with a Nationals player, broadcasters and front office members
– Event-only giveaways, including a promotional poster, t-shirts and more
– A chance to meet and greet Nationals players on the field before the game
To RSVP, simply tweet “RSVP” and use the hashtag #VoteNats. We’ll send you a DM to confirm that you’re on the list. In the meantime, visit nationals.com/tweetup to get your tickets and secure your spot with your fellow tweeps. Space is limited, so don’t wait.
If you’ve already got tickets to the game and still want to take part in the festivities, you can do that as well. Just RSVP like everyone else, and we’ll see you behind section 140 after the gates open.
As we did last year, we’ll use this space as a forum for any questions you might have about the event. Just leave them in the comments and we’ll do our best to answer them.
Hope to see everyone on July 3!
It’s an election year in Washington, which means we’ll all be subjected to months of campaigns, contentious debate and awkward dinner-table conversation about politics. But there’s another set of voting which we can all get behind: 2012 All-Star voting! Using the hashtag #VoteNats on Twitter, we will be encouraging you to vote as many times as possible between now and 11:59 p.m. on June 28. Join us and let’s get as many of your favorite Nationals as possible into this year’s All-Star Game!
First Base – Adam LaRoche | #LaRocheIn12
If any Nationals position player has been deserving of an All-Star nod, it’s been LaRoche. The team leader in RBI through mid-May, Washington’s cleanup hitter has been the stabilizing force in an often shifting lineup. LaRoche has also been quietly spectacular at first base, making his case as arguably the MVP of the team so far.
Second Base – Danny Espinosa | #EspiIn12 | @DannyEspinosa18
Espinosa got off to a slow start on offense to begin the year, but as of May 23, he has collected three home runs in his last dozen games and continues to play stellar defense up the middle. Four of his eight multi-hit games have come since May 12, a period over which he is batting .297. He also continues to torch lefties, to the tune of a .300/.400/.467 slash line.
Third Base – Ryan Zimmerman | #ZimmIn12
Since bouncing back from an early season injury, Zimmerman has batted .273 and has shown signs of heating up lately, going 7-for-15 with a double and a home run in the three-game Battle of the Beltways Series against Baltimore. He also provides his trademark Gold Glove defense at third base, where he has already compiled a reel of highlights this season.
Shortstop – Ian Desmond | #DesiIn12 | @IanDesmond20
Nationals fans have been waiting to see what might happen when everything clicked for their shortstop. Desmond has been a true two-way talent in 2012, showing tremendous range with a cannon arm on defense and lighting up opposing pitchers with his power. He leads the team with 24 extra-base hits (13 doubles, one triple, eight home runs), including one of the biggest hits all year, a walk-off blast to beat the Diamondbacks in early May.
Outfield – Rick Ankiel | #AnkielIn12
Ankiel can still punish a mistake, as evidenced by his blast off Roy Halladay in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, one of his three longballs to date this year. But the converted pitcher will always be known for his lockdown defense, especially his arm, which may be unrivaled by any center fielder in the National League. Simply put, don’t run on Rick.
Write-In Outfielder – Bryce Harper | #BryceIn12
What else can you say about a 19 year-old rookie who has been asked to step in and play all three outfield positions, hit anywhere between second and seventh in the lineup, come up from the minors to inject an offensive spark into the team, and who has responded to the challenge? It will take a write-in campaign to get him to Kansas City for the mid-summer classic, but we get the feeling he might just find his way there. Harper has heated up with four multi-hit performances in his last five games, including a huge night against Roy Halladay Tuesday.
Write-In Second Baseman – Steve Lombardozzi | #LomboIn12
There’s that other rookie on the club putting up some pretty impressive numbers as well. He has filled in as the super utility man, playing at second base, third base, and recently in left field. He does a little bit of everything on offense, and his versatility was never more visible than when he single-handedly beat the Astros with a career night on April 16.
Feel free to write in any other Nationals position player you think is deserving to represent the National League at this year’s festivities. Remember that the pitching staff is arranged by the manager and coaches, but rest assured that the Nationals should be well-represented, as the only staff in the Major Leagues with a sub-3.00 ERA (2.87) and an MLB-best 375 strikeouts.