Washington Nationals homestand highlights for April 30-May 6

The Nationals will return home for their second homestand of 2018, which will feature STAR WARS™ Day on May 5, a Max Scherzer Cy Young Bobblehead giveaway on May 4, U.S. Navy Day on May 1, Teacher Appreciation Day on April 28, and the return of the K Street Section on April 27.

Nationals fans are encouraged to take advantage of NatsPass, an affordable ticket subscription that offers fans admission to all Nationals home games. For just $65 per month, fans can enjoy every home game in standing room areas of Nationals Park, while enjoying the benefits of a regular ticket – including happy hours at the Budweiser Terrace, the ability to reserve tables in the Budweiser Brew House, promotional giveaways, and theme games. For more information please visit nationals.com/NatsPass.

FRIDAY, APRIL 27

K Street Section #1: The Nationals superfan section at Nationals Park, the K Street Section, returns for the 2018 season. For one Friday home game of each month, fans can purchase a special ticket package that includes a field level ticket in Section 108 or 109, an exclusive T-shirt, and a ‘K-card’ to help cheer on the Nationals’ pitchers. Visit nationals.com/KStreet to purchase tickets and for additional information.

Councilmember Recognition: During the 2018 season the Nationals will once again recognize communities and leaders who make up the District of Columbia. On Friday, the Nationals welcomeCouncilmember Kenyan McDuffie who represents Ward 5 and serves as Chair Pro Tempore for the Council. He will be joined on the field and in the stands by constituents from across Ward 5.

Budweiser Terrace Entertainment: David Thong Band will perform at the Budweiser Terrace starting at 5:00 p.m.

Ballpark App Special Offer: By using the app to check in, fans who purchase one Italian sausage or bratwurst can get a second for 50% off.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28

Teacher Appreciation Day #1: Join teachers, administrators, and school employees as the Nationals take on the Arizona Diamondbacks. Fans who purchase a ticket to Teacher Appreciation Day will receive a concession credit and a limited-edition Nationals picture frame. The picture frame is only available through this offer, while supplies last. For more information and tickets, visit nationals.com/Teachers.

Scout Day #1: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies, Cub Scouts, Daisies and Eagle Scouts from across the region are invited to Nationals Park for Scout Day. The celebration will include Pack 873, an all-girl Cub Scout den from Annandale, Va., presenting our nation’s colors for the National Anthem. All scouts who purchase Scout Day tickets will receive a limited-edition Nationals Scout Patch, while supplies last. For more information and tickets, visit nationals.com/Scouts.

Families of Valor – TAPS: For games when the Salute to Service honors families of a fallen member of the armed forces, C Matt Wieters has invited the group to view batting practice from the field and meet with him privately before the game. The meeting will include photos, autographs, and a gift for each participant.

Budweiser Terrace Entertainment: DJ Stylus Chris & JCC International Talent Agency, LLC will host Karaoke Night at the Budweiser Terrace starting at 2:00 p.m.

Ballpark App Special Offer: By using the app to check in, fans who buy one pretzel can get a second for 50% off.

SUNDAY, APRIL 29

Kids Fidget Spinner presented by the Potomac Nationals: The first 10,000 fans ages 12 and under to enter Nationals Park through ALL GATES will receive a Fidget Spinner presented by the Potomac Nationals.

Kids Opening Day: The Nationals invite the team’s youngest fans to help kick off the 2018 season. A variety of kid-friendly activities will be available before the start of the game, including face painters, caricature artists, and balloon twisters by the Kids Play Area from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. In addition, all kids ages 4 through 12 will have the opportunity to run the bases after Sunday regular season home day games, weather permitting. Jr. Nationals MVP members (ages 4 through 12) will have access to an exclusive line. For more information on the Jr. Nationals Kids Club, visit nationals.com/JrNats.

Screech’s Birthday: Happy 13th 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 perform various birthday-themed skits and participate in other fun events throughout the day.

Youth Baseball & Softball Day presented by Inova Children’s Hospital: The Nationals welcome all area teams and leagues to the 14th annual Youth Baseball & Softball Day presented by Inova Children’s Hospital. All fans who purchase a special ticket to Youth Baseball & Softball Day will be invited to participate in a pregame parade around the warning track. The first 1,000 kids to arrive in line for the parade wearing their baseball or softball uniform will receive a set of Nationals eye black stickers and a pair of Nationals socks, courtesy of Inova Children’s Hospital. For more information and tickets, visit nationals.com/YouthBaseball.

Pups in the Park #2 presented by Budweiser: Nationals fans and their canine friends are invited to the second Pups in the Park of the year presented by Budweiser. Fans and their pups will enjoy the designated Pup Zone in the Family Picnic Area, featuring pet sitters and representatives from the Humane Rescue Alliance and Fetch! Pet Care. All proceeds from dog tickets benefit the Humane Rescue Alliance. More information can be found at nationals.com/Pups.

Safety Patrol Day: The Nationals are proud to recognize the service of AAA School Safety Patrols in the DMV area on Sunday, with special ticket prices available to Safety Patrollers. Safety Patrollers will also be invited to participate in a pregame parade on the Nationals Park warning track. For more information and tickets, visit nationals.com/SafetyPatrol.

Team Store Special: The Main Team Store will have special deals on select kids’ apparel to help celebrate Kids Opening Day.

Ballpark App Special Offer: By using the app to check in, fans will receive $5 off the purchase of a Screech plush toy in the Main Team Store.

MONDAY, APRIL 30

Visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center: The Washington Nationals will make their annual visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. Players, coaches, and their significant others will spend time with veterans working on their physical therapy in the Military Advanced Training Center. Afterwards, the team will join active duty service members at the USO Warrior and Family Center at Bethesda for lunch.

Potomac Nationals Players Appearance: Four P-Nats players and GM Bryan Holland will be in attendance for Monday’s game. The players will participate in an autograph signing from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. at the Main Team Store.

Team Store Special: Don’t forget about Mom! Mother’s Day is just around the corner and the Nationals Team Store has plenty of Mother’s Day gift ideas.

Ballpark App Special Offer: By using the app to check in, fans will receive 15% off an ice cream helmet in the Main Team Store.

TUESDAY, MAY 1

Military Branch Days – U.S. Navy Day: The first of the 2018 Military Branch Days, honors and celebrates the U.S. Navy. Representatives from the U.S. Navy will participate in the pregame ceremony and be special guests of the Nationals for the Salute to Service. Highlights will include:

U.S. Navy Drill Team will perform in center field as part of the pregame ceremony

The Under Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Thomas Modly will administer the U.S. Navy oath of enlistment to 13 new sailors from Navy Recruiting District Richmond

Lineup card delivery by Fleet Master Chief Petty Officer Russell Smith

220 sailors assigned to commands throughout the National Capital Region will line the field for theNational Anthem performance

U.S. Navy Color Guard will present our nation’s colors

Musician First Class Cory Parker, U.S. Navy Band, will perform the National Anthem and God Bless America

Ceremonial first pitch thrown by Junior Sailor of the Year from the office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Yeoman First Class Jesus Duarte

The game ball will be delivered by Secretary of the Navy’s Sailor of the Year Yeoman First Class Cassondra Jaycox

Play Ball! announcement by Chief of Naval Operations Junior Civilian of the Year, Anthony Bigalbal

Ballpark App Special Offer: By using the app to check in, fans will receive $15 off select field-level seats for the upcoming series against the Padres.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2

Nationals Tote Bag presented by Kaiser Permanente: The first 25,000 fans to enter Nationals Park through ALL GATES will receive a Nationals Tote Bag presented by Kaiser Permanente. Tickets for Wednesday’s game are available at nationals.com/Tickets.

Federal Workforce Day presented by Kaiser Permanente: Once again, the Nationals will celebrate Public Service Recognition Week with a special tribute to the Federal Workforce on May 2. As the home of the national pastime in the Nation’s Capital, the Washington Nationals are proud to honor our country’s dynamic federal workforce with a variety of on-field recognitions and ticket specials. Federal employee ticket discounts are available for this game and all season long by going to nationals.com/GovX.

Families of Valor – Gold Star Families: For games when the Salute to Service honors families of a fallen member of the armed forces, C Matt Wieters has invited the group to view batting practice from the field and meet with him privately before the game. The meeting will include photos, autographs, and a gift for each participant.

Budweiser Terrace Entertainment: District Trivia, LLC will host Trivia Night at the Budweiser Terrace starting at 5:00 p.m.

Ballpark App Special Offer: By using the app to check in, fans who buy one cheesesteak can get a second for 50% off.

THURSDAY, MAY 3

Weather Day: The Nationals have partnered with members of the NBC 4 Weather Team to host students from across the D.C. area for the eighth annual Weather Day. Before the team faces the Pittsburgh Pirates,Storm Team4’s Chief Meteorologist Doug Kammerer will conduct an interactive presentation to educate local students on the various types of weather conditions in the region and how they could affect a Nationals baseball game. Discounted game tickets are available for all Weather Day participants. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit nationals.com/Weather.

Uncork for a Cause: Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez is hosting Uncork for a Cause to benefit the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and Hialeah Baseball. Gio and other special guests will gather from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Rooftop at F1RST Residences in the ballpark district. The exclusive evening also serves as the release party for Gonzalez’s very own 2015 Sonoma Reserve red wine, available only at the event. More information and tickets are available at uncorkforacause.com.

Business Professional Days: Network at Nationals Park! Bring your co-workers, bring your clients, or just take a late lunch break and join us for one of several Business Professional Days at Nats Park. Enjoy discounted tickets to a special weekday afternoon game during business hours. All Business Professional Days tickets also include a $10 concession credit. For more information, visit nationals.com/Business.

Budweiser Terrace Entertainment: DJ Stylus Chris will perform at the Budweiser Terrace starting at 11:00 a.m.

Ballpark App Special Offer: By using the app to check in, fans will receive $15 off select field-level seats for the upcoming series against the Padres.

FRIDAY, MAY 4

Max Scherzer Cy Young Bobblehead presented by PNC Bank: The first 25,000 fans to enter Nationals Park through ALL GATES will receive a Max Scherzer Cy Young Bobblehead presented by PNC Bank. Tickets for Friday’s game are available at nationals.com/Tickets.

Anthony’s Academy All-Stars: Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon will host a group of scholar-athletes from the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy – where Anthony sits on the Board of Directors – at Nationals Park to learn about the opportunities that exist in baseball both on and off of the field. As part of this season-long program, the group will enjoy a private meet-and-greet with Anthony, a behind-the-scenes tour of a Nationals Front Office department, special batting practice viewing, tickets to the game, and NatsBucks. For more information on the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, visit nationalsacademy.org.

Paint at the Park: Join fellow artists from around the area for a pregame paint party, then stay to support the Nationals as they host the Philadelphia Phillies! All fans who purchase a painter ticket will be invited to participate in a pregame paint party, including a canvas, paint, and instruction by Pinot’s Palette. Painters and companions will both receive a $10 concession credit with their tickets. For more information, visit nationals.com/Paint.

Budweiser Terrace Entertainment: Down Wilson will perform at the Budweiser Terrace starting at 5:00 p.m.

Team Store Special: Fans who make a purchase of at least $100 at the Main Team Store will receive a free Max Scherzer Cy Young Bobblehead. This offer is at the Main Team Store only and while supplies last.

Ballpark App Special Offer: By using the app to check in, fans will receive 25% off 8×10 photos in the Main Team Store.

SATURDAY, MAY 5

STAR WARS™ Day with Stance Socks Giveaway: On Saturday, May 5 against the Philadelphia Phillies, the force will return to Nationals Park for the fourth annual STAR WARS™ Day! The first 10,000 fans will receive a pair of STAR WARS™ Stance Socks. STAR WARS™ characters will be roaming the concourse to take pictures with fans, and DJ Alkimist will be playing STAR WARS™-themed music in Center Field Plaza beginning at 2:00 p.m. Special menu items for the game include Obi-Wan Kabobies at Street Skewers (Section 106) and Jar Jar Links at grill stands throughout the ballpark. Fans are all invited to come dressed as their favorite character, however any props resembling weapons will not be allowed into the ballpark. Adults are not allowed to wear masks that cover their face, however young children under the age of 10 may wear masks if accompanied by an adult over 21 years old. More information and tickets for Saturday’s game are available at nationals.com/StarWars.

Nationals/Inova Sports Medicine Youth Baseball Clinic: In conjunction with Inova Health System, the Nationals host a series of youth clinics as part of the team’s efforts to increase participation and interest in baseball and softball. Children ages 8 through 14 participate in the free clinics, which include on-field instruction by Nationals coaching staff, a meet-and-greet with a player, and four tickets to a Nationals game. Registration is not open to the public.

Budweiser Terrace Entertainment: DJ Ri5e will be playing STAR WARS™-themed music at the Budweiser Terrace starting at 2:00 p.m.

Team Store Special: Special STAR WARS™ merchandise will be available at the Main Team Store and Home Plate Store.

Ballpark App Special Offer: By using the app to check in, fans who buy one chicken tenders & fries can get a second for 50% off.

SUNDAY, MAY 6

DC Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: The ten new members of the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame will be honored during a pregame ceremony. The inductees were selected based on their outstanding contributions to the world of sports, thereby bringing honor and recognition to the nation’s capital. This year’s inductees are Marty Aronoff, Len Bias, Peter Bondra, Steve Buckhantz, Grant Hill, Jaime Moreno, Buddy Myer, David Poile, Eleni Rossides, and Walt Williams. More information on the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame can be found at dcsportshall.com.

Nurses Appreciation Day: Sunday, May 6 is Nurses Appreciation Day at Nationals Park! Join nurses, their friends, and family from around the D.C. area to support the Nationals as they take on the Philadelphia Phillies. For more information please visit nationals.com/Nurses.

Kids Run the Bases presented by Harris Teeter: All kids ages 4 through 12 will have the opportunity to run the bases after Sunday day games, weather permitting. Jr. Nationals MVP members will have access to an exclusive line. For more information on the Jr. Nationals Kids Club, visit nationals.com/JrNats.

Ballpark App Special Offer: By using the app to check in, fans will receive $15 off select field-level seats for the upcoming series against the Padres.

SATURDAY, MAY 12

Spartan Race: While the team may be on the road, Nationals Park will still be bustling with athletes as the Nationals host their second annual Spartan Race. The race is three miles in distance and includes 22 obstacles in and around Nationals Park, finishing on the warning track inside the ballpark. For more information please visit https://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/3684/overview.

CURLY W LIVE

Want to listen to exclusive podcasts, and see more photos, videos, and fun features about your favorite Nationals players? Want to learn more about what is happening at Nationals Park and what the team is doing in the community? Nationals fans are encouraged to check out Curly W Live, the official blog of the Washington Nationals, by visiting curlyw.mlblogs.com. Be sure to create a Medium account and follow Curly W Live in order to receive notifications when new content is published!

GETTING TO THE BALLPARK

Parking options for Nationals fans start at $20 and are available online at nationals.com/Parking. Fans are encouraged to purchase parking in advance to ensure a space in their desired zone.

Fans can also get a ride to and from the ballpark at the tap of a button using Uber, the official ride-share partner of the Washington Nationals. When exiting the ballpark, fans are encouraged to head to one of Uber’s suggested pickup locations shown at nationals.mlb.com/promo/map:

o   N St. SE and New Jersey Ave. SE

o   L St. SE between First St. SE and New Jersey Ave. SE

o   M St. SW and Half St. SW

Fans using Metro to travel to or from Nationals Park are encouraged to review the Metro schedule at wmata.com/schedules.

Fans should also consider alternate forms of travel to and from the ballpark, including the D.C. Circulator from Union Station, biking to the ballpark, or the baseball boat from Alexandria. Visit nationals.com/WayToGo for information on parking and transportation options 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.

Fans traveling to the ballpark should be aware that there are construction projects underway in the surrounding area. To ensure safe crossings, please be mindful of signage and directions given by public safety officers.

BALLPARK SAFETY

Nationals Park is a completely non-smoking and tobacco-free facility per District of Columbia law. There is no exception for electronic cigarettes or any other type of smoking device, or for smokeless tobacco or any other type of tobacco product.

MLB and the Nationals require that all people entering Nationals Park walk through a metal detector or be screened with handheld metal detectors to search for prohibited items. This includes a thorough inspection of all jackets, coats, packages, bags, backpacks, purses, and any other containers brought to any of the Nationals Park entry gates.

For game tickets and more information, call 202.675.NATS(6287) or visit nationals.com/Tickets.

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