It’s almost that special time of the year again! No, not Valentine’s Day, the day the Washington Nationals release their promotional schedule for 2017!
In the past, the Nats have done everything from theme days (80’s Night and Star Wars Day) to gnomes (Jayson Werth, Anthony Rendon, and Ben Revere are past honorees) to chia pets (Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth), to the traditional bobblehead (way too many to name).
Now, with an eye towards 2017, it’s time to start thinking about what the Nationals will hand out at the gates of the ballpark this coming season.
What should the Nats do this year? We came up with some ideas, and you can too!
There are two categories for these ideas: serious ideas that are actually useful, and ideas that aren’t all too serious.
Serious, real ideas that the Nats may actually be smart to consider...
Max Scherzer Cy Young Bobblehead
Although it’s a pretty obvious idea, celebrating last year’s accomplishments through this year’s bobbleheads is a fabled baseball tradition, dating all the way back to sometime this decade.
A nice added bonus would be putting a scoreboard of Scherzer’s 20-strikeout performance behind him, or at least giving some reference to the historic feat.
Derek Norris Gnome
Not too much explanation needed here. Norris is the type of guy (with the type of beard) that really lends himself to being enshrined in gnome form.
Significantly less smart ideas
Adam Eaton WAR counter bobblehead
Were you concerned with Mike Rizzo’s trade for Adam Eaton? You don’t think that he’s bad or anything, but the return was so high! Well, this bobblehead will ameliorate your concerns by letting you count up (or down) Eaton’s WAR for his first season with the Nationals. (Note: If anyone wants to send a mock-up of this, please do.)
(Bonus!: For every Adam Eaton hit, the bobblehead lights up green, but for every Lucas Giolito or Reynaldo Lopez strikeout, it lights up red.)
Scott Boras clients wallet
You get the wallet, but the Lerner family’s money disappears!
Featuring Max Scherzer, Jayson Werth, Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon, plus a blank space for next year’s prized free agent the Nats will undoubtedly somehow end up with no matter how little sense it makes.
Now, the fun part: Your ideas! Tweet us (@federalbaseball) or leave a comment with your best ideas. They can be a real idea that you want to see, or something absurdly stupid.
(Also: Don’t just stick to bobbleheads! Theme days, shirts, posters, chia pets, and anything you can come up with is fair game!)
Either way, we’ll put the best tweets and comments in an article sometime soon.