Nats call up minor-league beer vendor

June 12, 2013

Reader @MissMolly_DC sends along this awesome story of a beer vendor, who has worked Nats spring training games in Viera, Fla., and his big call-up to the majors.

Vince Rainey is apparently known for his humorous vending ways, with sales pitches such as, “Hey, kids, if your parent is drinking a beer, ask them if you can have a cotton candy.” He is a fan favorite, and someone very important took notice of his efforts.

Near the end of spring training in March, Vince received a hand-written note on personalized stationery from Mark Lerner, principal owner of the Washington Nationals. It was an invitation to come work for the National League team in Washington, D.C.

“I’m ecstatic,” Vince said as he proudly held the note he carries in his wallet. “My entire life, I’ve been waiting for something to happen because everything I do – every beer that I sell – I put 100 percent into it. Every sale – peanuts, cotton candy, whatever.”

I’m sure this fellow will make many appearances here at the Bog.

TWEET OF THE NIGHT

 

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT

Davey Johnson, on Dan Haren’s struggles last night:

“I was dumbfounded. He had a low pitch count. I was thinking, ‘Boy he’s going to go seven, eight innings the way he is throwing.’ Then it seemed he started leaving the ball up and not hitting his spots.”

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Pierre Garcon presenting the Boys & Girls Club with the money raised at last week’s white party. Mike Jones has the details of the check presentation here.


Mike Jones/The Washington Post

 

WHAT TO WATCH TONIGHT

Nats at Rockies, 8:30 p.m. on MASN. All TV/Radio listings here.

GOOD TEAM SPIRIT OF THE DAY

MLB and People Magazine are teaming up for a Tribute to Heroes contest, where fans can vote for military members to be honored at this year’s All-Star game. One person representing each team will be honored, and you can vote for one of three Nats fan heroes here. Heroes for all of the teams are here.

BAD TEAM SPIRIT OF THE DAY

A man in the Chicago area vowed not to mow his lawn as long as the Blackhawks are in the playoffs. Someone at Park Ridge city hall must be a Bruins fan, because they sent a worker to mow his lawn without telling him. No more playoff lawn.

VIDEO DISTRACTION OF THE DAY

Dogs vs. citrus fruits.

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Mitch Rubin · June 11, 2013

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