With a staff led by pitchers Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez, who thrive on strikeouts, the Nats often force their opponents to whiff when they come to the plate. But did you know that when the Nationals record a strikeout, you have the power to support the D.C. chapter of the RBI League?
Each time the Nats record a K, you can tweet with the @Nationals' Twitter handle and the hashtag #whiff. By doing so, you'll record another vote for the D.C. RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) League. At the end of each month, the team with the most votes will receive $10,000 for its local chapter of the RBI League.
The organization's goal is to "increase participation and interest in baseball and softball among underserved youth," and its graduates include the Dodgers' Carl Crawford, the Yankees' CC Sabathia and the Braves' Justin Upton.
P&G's Head & Shoulders is heading the campaign, and in addition to the $10,000 prize each month, the company will donate $1 to the RBI League for each strikeout recorded in the majors this season.
So, whenever you see a Nats pitcher freeze a batter or induce a swing with two strikes at a nasty slider, be sure to tweet to the @Nationals with #whiff.
Through the MASN Nationals Twitter account, we will be joining the initiative to help the Nats fight for the most tweets in the majors and to help increase the amount of youth thriving in baseball and softball in the D.C. region. Be sure to give us a follow to join along with us as we tweet to help the D.C. youth win.