Friday, July 11, 2008
Hispanic Heritage Night
September 17th, 2007 was a memorable night at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. The Old Ballyard on East Capitol Street was swaying, shaking and rumbling to The Latino Beat. On that night--Our Washington Nationals honored the many Hispanic Nations that play the game of baseball and our players that play it. A fun night where the action off the field was just as good as the fine game played on it.
With New Nationals Park, now open--this year's festivities will move to South Capitol Street. This Saturday Night, July 12, Hispanic Night returns to the ballpark of Our Washington Nationals. I have got to tell you, last year's event at RFK was enjoyable to no end. A festival broke out in the stands. The music was terrific. The players announced in their native tongue over the P.A. Sohna has always remembered that night. And was thrilled to see Hispanic Night return for 2008. If this Saturday night is anywhere near as good as last year's, it's going to be a great night at the ballpark. We really mean it. We loved Hispanic Night last year. Worth attending, just for the salsa beat. Nothing like it.
Here are the details from the Official Press Release:
WASHINGTON NATIONALS HOST HISPANIC HERITAGE NIGHT
The Washington Nationals will host Hispanic Heritage Night on Saturday, July 12 when they host the Houston Astros at 7:10pm. The organization will recognize Hispanic culture and honor Hispanic players’ contributions to the game of baseball. The Nationals have 10 Hispanic players on their Major League roster, as well as three coaches and the only Dominican manager in Major League Baseball in Manny Acta.
The Nationals will honor their Hispanic players and coaches in an on-field pre-game ceremony that will include a flag presentation. Flags from Curacao, Netherlands Antilles (Roger Bernadina); the Dominican Republic (Manny Acta, Ricardo Aponte, Jesus Colome, Cristian Guzman, Wily Mo Peña and Odalis Perez); Mexico (Luis Ayala); Puerto Rico (Felipe Lopez, Jerry Morales, Wil Nieves and Saul Rivera); and Venezuela (Jesus Flores) will be presented by the respective players.
Nationals fans may enjoy music by the Verny Verala Project; a Latin band led by Verny Verala, an arranger, composer, singer and flutist who teaches at Bell Multicultural High School; prior to the game in the Center Field Plaza from 4:30 pm until 6:50 pm. The band will be accompanied by Salsa and Cuban rueda dancers from Saoco, winner of the 2007 Salsa Dance Group of the Year in Washington, DC. The Saoco dancers will also perform on the dugouts during the middle of the third inning. El Zol radio personality Pedro Biaggi will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Nationals Spanish Béisbol Network broadcaster Luciano Rodriguez will provide PA announcements in Spanish and the team will show videos of Hispanic baseball greats, including Rod Carew and Juan Marichal,