It’s the date I look forward to every year, Nats U for women (formerly Baseball 101) at Nationals Park! This year’s event will take place this Saturday, July 9th, at 10 AM and includes a ticket for the Nats vs. Rockies game that night. There are two ticket options this year – $50 for outfield reserved seating for the game or $150 for an upgrade to the PNC Diamond Club (includes food and draft beer/ house wine).
Women get on-field, in-bullpen and in-batting cage instruction from Nats coaches for a couple hours. No matter your skill level, there is something for everyone! Best of all, the event provides and exclusive opportunity to test your baseball skills on the MLB field itself. Prior to the evening’s game, there will be a Nats U happy hour as well.
Even better, the date is the same as the HEIST at Nationals Park, so some baseball Twitter friends from the New York area will be joining in the fun! Can’t wait! See you there?
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Unfazed by the encircling throng closing in around him, many containing easily recognizable Nationals players, my son soaked up every card flip and mind game David Blaine used on guests Thursday night. Serving as Blaine’s apprentice for the night, Little Chat’s face remained serious while he concentrated on every amazing illusion, completely oblivious to the laughing flabbergasted crush of bodies surrounding them. As the night wore on, he dutifully doled out fresh packs of cards on request to his famous mentor for the night. By the evening’s end, he beamed after successfully pulling off some tricks of his own on VIP members. Little Chat didn’t even seem to mind the suit jacket I had him wear.
Thursday night, Ryan Zimmerman held his ziMS Foundation’s second annual “Night At The Park” at Nationals Park. The event is held to raise money for multiple sclerosis treatment and research, among other programs designed to benefit those afflicted and affected by the disease. As you probably know, Ryan’s mother has MS and it has long been a fact in their family. Through family members and volunteers, Zimmerman’s ziMS Foundation really seems to be taking off toward its mission, which obviously is ongoing until a cure is found.
Many of those helping put on Thursday night’s program have a personal connection to MS as well, such as the “Batting Stance Guy” who emceed the program and country singer Rodney Atkins, performing a concert in front of the Presidents Club following the live auction. Many players were in attendance showing support for Zim’s cause and even bid on silent and live auction items, but there was no sprinting to the stage by Coffey to claim his prize.
The reason Little Chat had the privilege of apprenticeship? We attended last year’s inaugural Night At The Park and won a live auction for a child to spend a day with him and Ryan Zimmerman. As luck would have it, we worked a little magic to match up Blaine and the apprenticeship during the 2nd annual event. I couldn’t have been prouder of my boy, and I’m sure it was an experience to remember for a lifetime. Hopefully our donation helped add a little spark to someone’s life affected by MS as well. That’s what the event was all about, after all.
Something new for Ladies Night this year! As you are probably aware, the red tent on top of the parking garage no longer exists, so this year’s ladies night will be held on the concourse in the shady picnic area behind right-center field. Shady is important given the recent spate of heat waves! Limited tickets are available, so grab yours and come on out to spend some time with knowledgeable female baseball fans!
Thursday, June 16, 2011 beginning at 4:30 PM for Happy Hour and then the game vs. STL Cardinals at 7 PM, or you can buy a ticket for the game only. Same goes for the Thursday, August 18th game against the Cincinnati Reds.
***Location Change: 1st Street Plaza Party Area
Entrance is located off 1st street, at the corner of 1st and Potomac Streets
· Music and Entertainment from DJ Chris Styles
· 12 ounce samples from Miller Lite and Twisted Tea
· Flippin’ Pizza, mini cupcakes and ballpark snacks
· Massages, manicures and spa services
· Lush Cosmetics
· Player Appearances
· Exclusive Ladies Night gift
· And much more!
Get your tickets at nationals.com/ladiesnight See you there!
Food trucks are all the rage for downtown DC workers, and after having the NatMobile out once last season, I thought why not a DC food truck for baseball on the barn? I am ever so grateful that BBQBusDC agreed to come out and serve their fantastic BBQ last night for attendees of Baseball On The Barn as the Nationals faced the Diamondbacks (and notched yet another barn loss) last night. The giddiness at having a food truck serving from the side window next to the barn overcame the despair of another shutout. Thanks to Che and Tadd and everyone who came out!