Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez Selected for First-Ever Fans Choice Bobblehead

Stephen Strasburg Debut Commemorative DVD Promotion Announced

With the All-Star break in sight, the Washington Nationals are gearing up for the second half of the 2010 baseball season by announcing two additions to the team’s promotional schedule:

Saturday, August 28 - Fans Choice Bobblehead

Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez has been selected by Nationals fans to be featured as this season’s Fans Choice Bobblehead. In his first season in Washington, Rodriguez is batting .295 with 26 RBI and one homerun and has provided a spark to the bottom of the order. The bobbleheads, presented by PNC Bank, will be given to the first 15,000 fans attending the Nationals game on Saturday, August 28 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

For the first time in team history fans were given the opportunity to cast their votes for their favorite player to receive the bobblehead honor. Voting took place in March and April on Nationals.com. The Fan Choice bobblehead is the last in a three-part series: the first was a Ryan Zimmerman Gold Glove/Silver Slugger bobblehead that commemorated Zimmerman’s unique achievement in receiving both awards during the 2009 season, while the second will feature Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan and will be given out before the July 31 game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Date TBD - Stephen Strasburg Commemorative DVD

Commemorative DVD copies of Stephen Strasburg’s historic debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 8 will be distributed to the first 15,000 Nationals fans at a yet-to-be-determined game during the second half of the season. Presented by Harris Teeter, the DVD will contain MASN’s broadcast coverage of the entire game as well as bonus features, including post-game interviews, highlights and a “Know Your Nats” segment with Strasburg.

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In addition to these bonus giveaways, Nationals fans will receive promotional items on 11 separate dates during the latter half of the season. There’s something for everyone, including two bobblehead nights presented by PNC Bank, three T-Shirt Tuesdays and two giveaways designed specifically for children under the age of 12. The team will also host its annual Fan Appreciation Night on the final home game of the 2010 season, with fans receiving a Curly “W” Knit Beanie.

The team’s full promotional calendar including select group sale dates and community relations initiatives for the remainder of the season can be found below: