Thursday, March 27, 2008
Strike Zone--Ballpark Concessions Tour
"I've been holding back," stated DC Mayor Adrian Fenty. "Nothing like a Ben's Chili Bowl Half Smoke." Upon receiving his order--he immediately stated: "Where are the napkins?" Seemingly, 50 different people replied and pointed: "THERE!!!" Everybody laughed.
Mayor Fenty, along with Team President Stan Kasten were conducting the latest tour of New Nationals Park. Concessionaire Centerplate opened up many of their Main Concourse Concession Stands for food tastings. The Sony Playstations and Build-A-Bear Workshop--were open and ready for business in The Strike Zone. The Kids Area at at The New Ballpark.
But first--check out The Matching Green Curly "W" ties being worn by Mayor Fenty and Mr. Kasten. Available through The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.
The PlayStation set up was fabulous. Each Sony Game is FREE for any child wishing to play. Vivid Screens and lifelike reproductions--puts the user in the driver's seat of an indy car or at the plate--hitting--at any Major League Ballpark--including New Nationals Park. Also--Karaoke.
The Sight of "Teddy" attempting his hand at "Guitar Hero"--excellent!!
The Build-A-Bear Workshop was packed with various accessories--exclusives to The New Home of Our Washington Nationals. The African Queen dressed up a fabulous Washington Nationals Road Grey Uniform Bear. She really loves it SBF--fashioned, who else--But SCREEEECH!! My Best Friend!! playing SBF.
Mayor Fenty took some swings in the Batting Cages. His Honor, eventually, hit the final pitch--to great cheers. "Remember now," shouted out Mr. Kasten. "The Mayor hasn't been in Viera. So, this is his Spring Training."
The Concessions offered included Nats Dogs, Pizza, Phillie Cheesesteaks, Old Bay Fries, Pretzels and Popcorn. A huge Media throng attended this event--so you had to be choosy about what products you wished to try. Unfortunately, No "Dingers" today--even Mr. Kasten seemed disappointed over that fact. Sohna and I elected The Crab Pretzel first. Filled with crab meat and cheese--a good filling-- baked bread surrounding the product. We loved The Fajitas!! And of course--Ben's Chili Bowl. Sohna attempting The Half Smoke--all the way (Chili, Cheese, Mustard). Great Stuff--just carry a ton of napkins with you--Ben's was piling on the fixings today.
Of course--The Commemorative Souvenir Inaugural Soda Cup--including smaller versions with Red Curly W and Blue Nationals Park Logos.
Finally--Sundaes--Helmet Sundaes. In fact, we learned this afternoon--when any team comes to visit and play Our Washington Nationals--Helmet Sundaes will be available in plastic cups representing both teams on the field that day. So, this coming weekend--both Baltimore Orioles and Atlanta Braves Helmets will be served--along with The Red Curly "W".
At the conclusion of this afternoon's event--the media was invited inside The Main Team Store--located at The Centerfield Gate Entrance. You got to love how Our Racing Presidents are depicted all over this facility--including "The Rushmores" themselves embossed behind the main check out counter. "I guess you could say we went a little over the top--as usual--on the appointments," deadpanned Mr. Kasten. Throughout the store--Vintage Postage Style Signs with The Presidents in and around DC Landmarks. Really nice stuff. In fact, Our Washington Nationals are selling a postcard set of the artwork--$13.
There was a whole lot more to this event--the interviews and comments from various officials. Just no time to put it all together right now. More coming later.
And--how about this sampling of ARTWORK. Great Stuff!!