Vote Nationals!

Hey Natstown, Screech here reminding everyone to vote Nationals for this year’s All Star Game in Anaheim.  Voting ends soon so be sure to punch your ballots for all your Nationals players!  I’m looking forward to flying out to California in two weeks.  I have a few events I will be attending out there such as the All Star Brunch at the Hilton, a Friendship Tour around Anaheim and the annual PreGame celebration right outside the stadium before the All Star Game starts.  I’m looking forward to it, but especially if and when we vote a few of our Nationals there!!  Here’s a few pictures from some recent games.  Check it out, and go Nationals!

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Birthdays, Mother’s Day, Syracuse oh My!!

It’s been a crazy few weeks for me as I celebrated my birthday, brought my mom to the stadium for Mother’s Day, and visited Syracuse with the Racing Presidents for a Chief’s game and Strasburg’s second AAA start. 

 

My birthday brought lots of fun as I had almost all of my friends come out to party with me.  Slapshot, Poe, Talon, Glory, Testudo, Lucky, George, The Patriot, The Cardinal were a few of my friends to come for the good time.  We celebrated with a cake ceremony (which an unlucky Dodger fan somehow took to the face) a piata, and lots of dancing!

 

Mother’s Day was very special for me.  It signified the first time my mother came with me to a Nationals game.  I delivered some flowers to Momma Screech which she was so thankful for.  Later she helped me judge the presidents race and in the fifth inning we were even put on Mom Cam!!!  The day was so much fun, especially since the Nationals ended up winning the game.  Momma Screech can come back to whichever game she’d like to, but PLEASE, no more belly dancing!!!

 

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This past Wednesday, George, Tom, Abe and Teddy took a nice little road trip to Syracuse to see our AAA affiliate, the Syracuse Chiefs play.  The energy in the crowd was amazing and they were excited to see the presidents race.  Tom won the race, the Chiefs won the game, and Syracuse was a bird load of fun!  Thanks again for having us and for showing us so much love Syracuse!

 

 

Tonight starts a five game home stand, and I’m sure that a little home cookin’ is exactly what we need to get back to our winning ways.  See you at the park Natstown!!

 

Screech

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Baseball is Back!

Hey Natstown, Screech here.  I hope you’re all just as excited as I am that baseball is back in the Nation’s capital!  It’s seemed like forever since Justin Maxwell beat the Mets on a walk off grand slam that ended 2009′s home games.  This year I’m really excited about our chances to succeed with our new and improved Opening Day roster featuring Ryan Zimmerman, Adam Dunn, Ian Desmond, Josh Willingham, Pudge Rodriguez and more!  Let’s hope for a fantastic season this year complete with lots of wins, smiles, high fives, and backflips!  See you all soon at some games and outside events coming up!

 

Here’s a picture from Opening Day of me playing the drums!

 

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Winter Caravan and Natsfest

To me, our annual winter caravan and Natsfest is the official kickoff to the upcoming season.  That’s why I can’t be more excited for this season to start.  This past week I headed out on our team bus with some of our coaches and players to meet some very special people and loyal Nats fans. 

We kicked off our 2010 caravan on Wednesday morning at the SW Health Center just a couple of blocks away from Nationals Park.  I was joined by Jim Riggleman, Drew Storen, Danny Espinosa, Ryan Speier and Rob Dibble as we checked out the newly renovated building which was restored by our front office staff a couple of weeks before.  We all delivered some children’s books, handed out some Nats gear, and spread plenty of smiles and laughs throughout.

 


 Next up we all went to lunch at Hard Times Cafe in Clarendon where an autograph signing followed.  I did a little guest bartending and made some kind of cranberry and pinapple juice concoction that only the bravest of the brave would ever try.  Next up, the bus brought us to Tysons mall where we all made our own Build-A-Bear.  Each player made their own plush doll, however Drew Storen’s Batman-clad owl, was my personal favorite!

The next day, the bus, with the same group of guys, headed to Ben’s Chili Bowl for lunch and a quick photo op.  There wasn’t much elbow room while inside because the place was hoppin’ at lunch time, but we were able to pass out autographs and meet plenty of excited Nats fans.  From there, we were off to Fort Belvoir where we joined military personnel in packing care packages for our soldiers over-seas.  Over the span of almost two hours, we were able to bundle up over 2,000 care packages to send to our soldiers.  It felt great to make a difference to our great men and women overseas.  At our final stop of the day, we headed to good ole’ Pfizner Stadium, the home of our single A affiliate, the Potomac Nationals.  There, all the players, including myself, signed autographs for all those who attended.

 


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Picture 139.jpgSaturday was our biggest day of the caravan where we were joined by the likes of Ryan Zimmerman, Adam Dunn, Nyjer Morgan, John Lannan, Tyler Clippard, Brian Bruney, Craig Stammen, Matt Capps, Jason Marquis, and of course the Hammer, Josh Willingham.  We started our day at the Children’s Hospital in NW DC.  I always love visiting this place because it really brightens up the day of children who really need encouragement in their lives.  To put smiles on the faces of each of these children is a special feeling indeed.  From here, it was off to PG County Sports Complex where a press conference announcing our $5,000 donation as well as an autograph signing ensued.  The last stop of the caravan was at the White Flint Mall, where hundreds of fans braved the snow and cold to come meet their favorite Nats players….. and mascot! 

 


 
Picture 244.jpgThe caravan was a huge success and it led to one of my favorite days of the year, Natsfest.  This Sunday was Natsfest and as usual, I had a great time meeting our season ticket holders.  There were clubhouse tours, photograph stations, prize drawings, bounce houses, face painting and of course autograph signings!  It was fitting for such a special day like Natsfest to end our winter caravan. 

Now being that the caravan and Natsfest is over, the next thing we have to look forward to is Spring Training and of course Opening Day!!!!  See you all soon Natstown!!!

 SCREECH

2010: The Year of the Nat!

What has become a theme of this blog, it’s been a while since my last post.  No, I’m not lazy, I’m just really busy!  I’ll give you a quick update on a few of the fun and exciting adventures I’ve been on recently and then let you know what I expect to see in 2010.

Recently after my last blog post, I was able to help out at “Read for the Record” which was held here at Nationals Park.  Hundreds of people from across Washington DC gathered to

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participate in Jumpstart’s 2009 Read for the Record Campaign. The goal was to set the record for the largest one-day shared reading experience ever.  The children and I all read The Hungry Caterpillar and then played all sorts of games on the field.  Hundreds of wild and crazy kids left me exhausted, but what a great time!

I also helped out at our annual Step Out for Diabetes Walk and Potomac Day in Maryland.  John Lannan, Craig Stammen and I all read to the children staying at the Children’s Inn at NIH.  After that, it was Halloween party time!  The rest of my time since my last post consisted of a bunch of birthday visits, turkey deliveries, Christmas parties and hanging out with my buddies George, Tom, Abe and Teddy!                 

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Tomorrow I’m looking forward to showing off my basketball skills again during halftime of the University of Maryland’s women’s game where a bunch of local, less-talented mascots will square off.  This is a halftime I suggest you don’t miss, because I have MVP on my mind!  Remember last year’s Mascot March Madness from FOX?  Yeah, I definitely won that! 

 

I’m also really excited for our Winter Caravan coming up January 27th through the 30th with Natsfest on January 31st.  I’ll be reunited with all my Nats fans along with a bunch of players that I have desperately missed this offseason.  It will be exciting to make stops in Maryland, Virginia and the District that we never have before.  The week of fun will all culminate at Natsfest on Sunday, January 31st here at the park.  There will be autographs, games, and dancing (by me of course) all around!

 

WHO’S READY FOR BASEBALL TO START AGAIN?!?!

 

Thanks for reading NatsTown.  I’ll be trying to blog a lot more from now on!

-Screech!

 

Looking Back on 2009

The 2009 season has come and gone, and it was definitely one to remember.  For me, highlights of the year include beating the Oriole Bird in a jousting match, stealing peanuts from a vendor to share with the crowd, dumping popcorn all over Braves fans, catching a marlin, and pieing a Mets fan in the face!  I slapped about 53,938 high fives, gave 28,472 hugs, and emptied about 736 cans of silly string.

As far as the team goes, I know that 2010 will be much better.  Our young pitchers were able to get their feet wet with major league experience and will undoubtedly be a force for years to come.  Our offense reached new heights with the additions of Nyjer Morgan and Adam Dunn.  There is no doubt in this eagle’s mind that the future looks bright for our favorite team.  After all, we’re carrying a seven game win streak into next season! 

The final home series of the season was especially exciting for me.  On Tuesday’s game against the Dodgers, our t-shirt giveaway featured yours truly….me!  It was exciting to see so many Nats fans wearing Screech shirts all night.  I felt really important that day as thousands of fans wanted to get a picture with me while wearing their shirt! 

Not to be outdone, Build-a-Bear workshop was kind enough to give 5,000 Screech dolls away on the last Sunday home game of the season.  Once again, it was very humbling to have so many kids carrying miniature me’s around the park that day!   

Winning seven straight games to end the 2009 season was wonderful.  But it’s you, the fans, that deserve the winning streak more than anybody.  From the bottom of this eagle’s heart, thank you all for an amazing year and for your support all season.  I’m already counting down the days until next years home opener!  Until then, look for me around Natstown and in the community, I’ll be sure to give you a big feathery hug!

 

Dog Days of Summer


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It’s been quite some time since I’ve last updated my blog, but it’s been a very long August and my wings are tired!  I have lots to update you with since my last post, so prepare to be in for a long one! 

Last month I visited my cousin Slapshot from the Capitals at Kettler Ice Rink.  He and I competed in a shoot out that I ended up losing 2-3.  After all, I’m supposed to lose; he’s the professional hockey mascot!  I told him he’s invited to Nationals Park for some baseball action in which I’m sure I’ll return the favor and kick his butt!  He has yet to accept my invitation!

In early August I flew to Cleveland to celebrate my buddy Slider from the Cleveland Indians’ birthday.  Slider turned 19 that day!  I celebrated his big day along with a whole bunch of other mascot friends from the Cleveland area.  We sang him Happy Birthday on top of the dugout, helped in their racing sausages race (yes, the presidents race is far superior), and played musical chairs.  There was plenty of cake, laughs and silly string throughout the day.  Those guys in Cleveland sure know how to party!

 

000_0033.jpgA couple of weeks ago I attended the Blood Drive at Nationals Park.  The turnout was truly amazing and it was great to see so many people eager to donate blood!  I tried to donate, but the nurse said eagles don’t have large enough veins.  I was pretty disappointed but was glad to meet so many generous Nats fans.

I also attended the Jr. Broadcasters event at ESPN Zone the other day.  I was a special guest judge!  In the competition there were about 30 different young Nationals fans competing for the chance to join Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler in the broadcast booth this upcoming Sunday game!  Everybody did a tremendous job commentating clips taken from Nationals games.  Two individuals were lucky enough to win, and I am looking forward to hearing them commentate this weekend!

I was also fortunate enough to make my way down to Pfitzner Stadium, where the Potomac Nationals play, to meet season ticket holders and their annual batting practice dinner.  I was able to meet a lot of die-hard P-Nats fans and even pitched batting practice to a couple of lucky fans!

On August 20th I attended a ceremony in NW in which a brand new park was opened in the center of town.  The park was named after Marvin Gaye and looks like it will be the center of lots of good times for the lucky children in the area.  It was an exciting day for everybody involved.  And especially exciting for me, because I got to play on the monkey bars!

It’s hard to believe, but I know summer is winding down because I had a school appearance the other week.  I greeted hundreds of children entering school for the first time of the 2009-2010 school year.  It was great to see everybody in their “back to school” clothes and eager (and some not eager) to start the new year.  Good luck to everybody back in school, and make sure you earn those good grades!  Your future starts today and it starts with taking school seriously and trying your hardest to earn good grades!

In baseball news, we were able to sign Stephen Strasburg and made Mike Rizzo our permanent general manager.  Your favorite furry friend cannot be happier with the recent acquisitions and is totally optimistic about the future of baseball in Washington DC!

 

Thanks for reading today, and I’ll be looking for all of you at the Park for the last month of the season.  GO NATIONALS!

 

-ScReEcH

ALL STAR FESTIVITIES!

It’s been an incredibly busy and super fun week for me. I was able to fly west to St. Louis to hang out with all my mascot buddies from around the league and to support Ryan Zimmerman, our very own all star! The week started off great as I joined Fredbird, Rangers Captain, Pirate Parrot and Stomper at the opening ceremonies of FanFest. Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith cut the ribbon to the entrance of the convention center, and the all star festivities were officially underway!

 

Soon after the opening ceremony, I participated in the mascot home run derby. I ended up hitting 11 home runs, but I didn’t end up advancing because the Pirate Parrot apparantly eats A LOT of wheaties! My 11 home runs ended up being the second highest home run total by any mascot the whole week. I was dissapointed to not advance, but I was pretty proud of my accomplishments.



 

The next day I was able to visit a lot of patients at a Childrens Hospital in St. Louis. Visiting hospitals has always been one of my favorite activities. I made a lot of sick childrens’ days by spending my time in their room watching tv, playing with their toys, and stealing their food!

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The following day, right after the MLB Futures game, I joined all my fellow mascots in a relay race on the field. I teamed up with Rangers Captain, Mr. Redlegs, Slider, and Slugger. The first leg of the race was the dizzy bat portion, followed by a hoola hoop contest, followed by a sack race. It was a dizzying experience but I finished with a great time. The team however let me down, and Fredbird’s team ended up winning.

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The next morning I helped kick off the MLB’s 5K and Fun Run. I thought about running in the race…..but only for a split second. I much preferred mingling and high fiving participants at the race start than running for a really really long time!

The week was great fun and it was amazing to see all my buddies again at our yearly reunion. I’m already looking forward to the All Star game in Anaheim next year!

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Summer Time Fun and Nationals Park Attendance Records!

Summer is in full swing and with it has finally come some dry weather!  I’ve been extremely busy around the DC area the past couple of weeks and simply haven’t found the time to update my blog!  With that, I need to catch you all up on my latest adventures.  On June 6th I attended the Global Race for the Cure which is an event to raise awareness of Breast Cancer that took place on the National Mall.  I couldn’t believe my eyes when I arrived at the mall; there were over 55,000 people there!  I was able to meet so many courageous cancer survivors and was happy to help out for such a great cause. 

Recently I attended a “Buzz-A-Thon” in Gaithersburg, Maryland where all proceeds of buzzed hair cuts were donated to the National Children’s Hospital’s Brain Tumor Institute.  This Buzz-A-Thon was set up in the honor of Johnny Holliday’s grandson Jack.  Being at this event, it was wonderful to see the community outreach for people needing of support. 

NatsTown was rocking this weekend as the Red Sox were in town.  Throughout the three game series, we set a Nationals Park attendance record all three nights!  It was great to see Nats fans at the park in full force.  What made the series even better was being on top of “Nats Fans 10″ waiving my Curly W flag signaling a hard fought victory!

TEXAS, and More Fun Adventures!

This past weekend I flew south to the great state of Texas where I helped Rangers’ Captain celebrate his birthday!  Once in Texas, I got to meet up with a lot of my friends who came to party as well.  Fredbird, TC Bear, Mariner Moose and Junction Jack were there as well!  The six of us partied hard with plenty of dance-offs, high-fives and hugs to all the fans at the park.  It was great seeing a lot of my buddies again and can’t wait until we all meet up again in St. Louis for All-Star Game!

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The other day I visited the Children’s Nationals Medical Center, where I and the umpires from the game that night handed out teddy bears to children at the hospital.  We all know that being in the hospital is never fun, especially as a kid.  Therefore, it felt so great to make all of these children so happy, even for the small amount of time we spent with each child. 

 

On Saturday I spent my morning at the National Mall where the Global Race for the Cure was taking place.  This event drew 55,000 people from across the world all who gathered to spread awareness and raise funds to battle breast cancer.  I was able to meet some extremely resilient breast cancer survivors and was moved by the amount of people who took part. 

 

That was my past week, keep checking in as I update you on my future endeavors.  Until next time, GO NATIONALS!!!

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