Sunday, January 11, 2009

Winter Caravan/NatsFest/Hot Stove Luncheon

When Our Washington Nationals announced The 2009 Winter Caravan and NatsFest back on December 16th 2008, this coming week of January 12th was the written timing for the release of additional details concerning exact times, dates and player/coach appearances--although some information has already come out before any official release.

Buried in Bill Ladson's story on January 5th, was the anecdote that Willie Harris and John Lannan will appear on The Winter Caravan. Additionally, you can pretty much figure Our Manager Manny Acta is going to be onboard, as well as, Radio Broadcaster Charlie Slowes. Both Manny and Charlie are scheduled to also appear at The Season Ticket Holder Hot Stove Luncheon set for Friday, January 23rd at 11:30AM at Nationals Park. And with NatsFest coming just two days later, there would be no reason not to include them in The Winter Caravan. Charlie's always played the host at these functions anyway, so I can't image him not coming along for the road trips.

Personally, I would also like to see as many players and coaches as possible on the 40 Man Roster at NatsFest to meet and greet with Fans on January 25th inside The Lexus Presidents Club, PNC Diamond Club, Stars & Stripes Club and Conference Centers at Nationals Park. This is a prime opportunity for Our Team to meet Our Fans--the people that really care about the Our Franchise. Nothing better than to have all hands on deck for the first NatsFest.

And as for The Winter Caravan--hopefully Ryan Zimmerman will be onboard too. If Our Number 11 is Our Young Face Of The Franchise, The Z-Man should be out there publicly as much as possible--schedule permitting. The same holds true for some of our new players like Scott Olsen and Josh Willingham. Both of these Former Florida Marlins are going to be playing major roles for Washington in 2009--getting them acclimated to Our Fan Base would be a very good move.

The African Queen and I have already received our free NatsFest Tickets in the mail, ordered tickets to The Hot Stove Luncheon and are awaiting the final Winter Caravan Tour Schedule to determine which stops we can realistically attend.

So, here are some reminders about the three separate events coming the last week of January, 2009.

NatsFest is free for Season Ticket Holders (you should have received an email by now with link and special code to order), but Non-Season Ticket Holders can also attend NatsFest. Tickets are available at this link

All Winter Caravan Events are free for everybody.

The Season Ticket Holder Luncheon on January 23rd costs $35 per person (limit of four seats per ticket holder) and will be held in The Conference Centers of Nationals Park. If you are a Season Ticket Holder and have not received a email about this event and want to attend, you should contact your ticket representative ASAP.

PS--Here are more details on the Hot Stove Luncheon
Dear Nationals Season Ticket Holder,

The Washington Nationals would like to invite you to attend the 2009 Hot Stove Luncheon for Nationals Season Ticket Holders on Friday, January 23 at 11:30 a.m at Nationals Park.

Nationals Manager Manny Acta, Team President Stan Kasten, Sr. Vice President & General Manager Jim Bowden and Assistant General Manager & Vice President of Player Development Mike Rizzo will participate in a panel discussion with fans on Washington's upcoming season. The luncheon will provide Season Ticket Holders who purchase tickets to the event the exclusive opportunity to interact with Nationals Executives and players.

The cost is $35 per person and will include a three-course lunch. Space at this event is limited to 250 people and tickets will be sold on a first-come first-served basis, with a limit of four tickets per order.

The Washington Nationals Sales & Service Team

PSS--It's also been confirmed that Team President Stan Kasten will appear at The Syracuse Chiefs Hot Stove Dinner this coming Friday Night, January 16th in Syracuse, New York.


Andrew Stebbins said...

Balester will be in Syracuse too. and maybe I might show up.

An Briosca Mor said...

SBF, do you know if any of the concessions stands will be open during the NatsFest on Sunday the 25th? (I'm talking food stands, of course. I know the team store will be open. :->)

natsfan1a said...

Good catch on the Ladson item. I'd not found the mention of the caravan.

DCNats said...

This Nats Fest is less than two weeks away and i haven't seen/heard a single thing in the press about it. Typical Nats.

Ooh, and Willie Harris and John Lannan are doing the Winter Caravan?


Seriously, the closer it gets to the upcoming season the happier i am that i didn't renew my season tickets for the first time since 2005. Let the Lerners, Kasten and Bowden put another craptastic team on the field, i'll find better ways to spend my Sunday afternoons.

SBF-with all due respect, you should wise up and follow my lead. This franchise doesn't deserve someone as loyal as you.

Tom said...

4 weeks till pitchers and catchers report to ST

Anonymous said...

Balester may be at the Syracuse one, not sure, but from his blog it sounds like he will miss the caravan here and probably Nats Fest. His high school jersey is being retired on Jan. 24th in California. Good for him, but bad timing for us!