Beards, Werth Bobble Heads Put P-Nats On Top
WOODBRIDGE, Va. — The Potomac Nationals have been given the June Promotion of the Month Award by Minor League Baseball for “Beard-A-Palooza Weekend” on June 13-15.
The honor automatically nominates the Nationals for a Golden Bobblehead award, which is given to the best promotion in all of Minor League Baseball throughout the 2014 season.
The P-Nats “Beard-A-Palooza Weekend” included the inaugural “Beard Olympics” and the “Jayson Werth BobbleBeard Giveaway” from Friday, June 13 through Sunday, June 15. Beard-related events took over Pfitzner Stadium all weekend long.
“Beard-A-Palooza weekend was a great home stand on many levels,” stated P-Nats’ GM Josh Olerud. “We had a record breaking weekend in attendance, fan participation, and most importantly, we had three nights of record breaking fun!”
After the official on-field opening Beard-A-Mony, a “Parade of Beards” culminated in the lighting of the Beard Torch. The beardamonial first pitch preceded a hairy national anthem.
In honor of Friday the 13th, the P-Nats handed out an award to the hairiest and scariest beard in Northern Virginia.
The themed-weekend?s shaggy centerpiece was certainly the Jayson Werth BobbleBeard Giveaway. Werth?s “BobbleBeard” likeness featured an actual hairy beard that served as the hallmark of the collectable figure. It took just 13 minutes to distribute a 1,000-count of this bushy giveaway item.
In the interest of prickly pageantry, the weekend?s between-inning promotions included a “Name That Beard” contest, in addition to beard trivia on the video board.
The Nationals offered a bevy of bearded food items in the concessions stand served by bearded workers. Dressed up offerings included bearded nachos, the BeardFather and a mini corn dog beard basket (hold the hair).
At the conclusion of each game, all beards were invited to join a bearded edition of race the bases.
The Potomac Nationals faced the Winston-Salem Dash that weekend. The Dash won the first two games on 4-2 and 5-4, respectively. The Nationals won the final game of three 8-6.