The Battle of the Bases softball tournament serves as an extension of the intramural season at each of the military bases in the National Capital Region. The 2020 Battle of the Bases championship game will be held at Nationals Park following the September 19 game against the Miami Marlins. Congratulations to "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band team from Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. on winning the inaugural Battle of the Bases tournament in September 2019!
As the home of the national pastime in the Nation's Capital, the Washington Nationals are proud to work with the large community of military bases, installations and hospitals that serve as permanent or temporary homes to military service members and their families living in the Washington, D.C. region.
Through the Nats on Base initiative, the Nationals aim to provide year-round experiences that contribute to the quality of life for service members and their families in the Washington D.C. region, reaching them where they live and work - as well as in-Park. The team works with regional and base leadership to develop programming and identify outreach opportunities at local installations.
- Leadership Exchange: Mark Lerner, Managing Principal Owner, Mike Rizzo, General Manager & President of Baseball Operation, and front office executives participated as guest speakers for the 2019 Air Force District of Washington's Squadron Command and Spouse Orientation Course. The course is designed to provide commanders and spouses the tools to succeed in a rapidly changing geopolitical environment, and Nationals representatives offered non-military leadership perspectives to the group.
- More than 130 softball teams from bases across the region participated in the Nats on Base Uniform Program. This year, the Washington Nationals provided, at no cost to the service branches, a Nationals-branded jersey and cap to each man or woman participating in the base-affiliated intramural softball league. Teams are differentiated through the use of a variety of styles and colors of jerseys and caps.
Military Appreciation Day is Wednesday, April 22 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. At this game, the Nationals will provide two complimentary tickets to active duty, dependents, veterans, retirees and reservists with military ID or proof of service, while supplies last. For tickets, please visit the windows on Potomac Avenue SE, beginning at 1:00 PM on April 22.
The Washington Nationals and DoD-MWR Libraries are working together to make reading even more fun each summer. Each library or participating CYP program will receive Elementary-aged activity books with puzzles and games to play, reading lists, as well as prize vouchers good for two complimentary tickets to a Nationals game for program completion. In 2019, military families attended a private pregame event with Nationals closer, Sean Doolittle, who read aloud to the group following a Q&A with the children.
The Nationals offer premium seating in the Delta Sky360 Club for select military groups and their families during every home game. At the end of the third inning, honorees are recognized on the NatsHD scoreboard and receive a standing ovation from fans.
Tickets are allocated through military hospitals and support organizations and are not available for individual distribution.
Sean Doolittle, Howie Kendrick, and their families strive to make the Salute to Service experience as special as possible on days when the Nationals host surviving family members. During Salute to Service games that honor TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) families, Sean and Howie invite the group to view batting practice from the field and meet with them privately before the game. Participants share stories of their lost loved ones, take photos with the players, receive autographs and a gift, and see pictures of their loved ones on NatsHD during the Salute.
The Nationals & PenFed Credit Union created a dedicated military appreciation section in the Right Field stands at Nationals Park in 2018. For all 2020 regular season home games, the Nationals and PenFed will offer a select number of tickets to military members for free.
The Nationals and GovX.com have a special ticket offer to reward all active-duty, reserve, veteran, and retired military personnel. Click here for more information!
The Patriotic Series presented by SAIC celebrates America and the national pastime at Nationals Park. The following four games feature on-field programming, pregame ceremonies and patriotic uniforms to honor service members and their families:
Military Appreciation Day – Wednesday, April 22
Memorial Day – Monday, May 25
Independence Day – Saturday, July 4
Heroes Day – Thursday, September 3
On Military Appreciation Day, the Nationals will offer two complimentary tickets to all active duty, dependents, veterans, retirees, and reservists with military ID or proof of service. Please visit the windows next to the First Base Gate on Potomac Avenue SE beginning at 1:00 PM on April 22 to pick up your tickets. Offer valid while supplies last.
Please use the following codes to purchase discounted tickets to the other Patriotic Series games:
Memorial Day Weekend (May 25) – MEMORIAL
• Code valid for May 22-25 games
Independence Day (July 4) – INDEPENDENCE
• Code valid for July 3-5 games
• Heroes Day (September 3) – HEROES
• Code valid for September 1-3 games
The Military Branch Series presented by SOSi includes five games that honor and celebrate each of the five branches of the military. At each of these games, representatives from the branch will participate in the pregame ceremony and the Salute to Service. Military families and their supporters can get special tickets that include a Nationals giveaway item and a donation to their respective relief society.
Please use the following codes to purchase discounted tickets:
U.S. Navy Day (May 6) – NAVY
Donation made to Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
U.S. Army Day (June 16) – ARMY
Donation made to Army Emergency Relief
U.S. Marine Corps Day (July 27) – MARINES
Donation made to Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
U.S. Coast Guard Day (August 10) – USCG
Donation made to Coast Guard Mutual Assistance
U.S. Air Force Day (September 1) – AIRFORCE
Donation made to Air Force Aid Society
The Washington Nationals are proud to partner with USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore to support military families. Every Sunday home game of the season, military families can enjoy a Nationals game together and receive front-of-line privileges for Kids Run the Bases after the game.
Additionally, the Nationals and USO-Metro host a "Date Night at the Ballpark" every month, giving active duty service members and their significant others the opportunity to connect while socializing with fellow military couples.
Nationals players embrace opportunities to show their personal gratitude to our nation's heroes. Throughout the season, players visit with service members, veterans and their families at local bases, military hospitals and at the ballpark.
Military service members looking to reenlist, enlist, be promoted, or retire can host their ceremonies at Nationals Park. Along with the ceremony, service members and their guests will get a special, behind-the-scenes look of the ballpark. For more information about the team's military ceremony program, please contact Nationals Park Tours at 202.640.7369, or email [email protected]. Dates are subject to availability.
Washington Nationals Bag Policy
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