On Sept. 3, the first 20,000 fans at Nationals Park will receive a set of nesting dolls featuring five Nationals players painted in five different uniforms from the team’s 11 years in D.C.
In increasing order of size and chronological order of when they joined the franchise, the set includes Frank Robinson, Chad Cordero, Ryan Zimmerman, Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer. They’re beautiful, even if The Chief’s painted brim is a little too bent.
As Nationals chief revenue and marketing officer Valerie Camillo noted before the season, the team originally wanted to do a 10-piece nesting doll, with a different player from every year in Nationals history. The production cost of 20,000 sets was prohibitive, but the Nationals ordered 100 10-piece sets that will be redeemable with “golden tickets” randomly inserted in 100 boxes of the five-piece sets.
Fans who receive a “golden ticket” may redeem it in the Taft Conference room behind Sections 201-203 on the Club Level, where some other surprises may be in store, according to the Nationals’ Willy Wonka-themed release.
The 10-piece set includes Scherzer, Harper, Anthony Rendon, Gio Gonzalez, Jayson Werth, Stephen Strasburg, Cristian Guzman, Alfonso Soriano, Cordero and Zimmerman, who is painted in the No. 25 jersey he wore upon being called up in 2005.
No, Willy Wonka has nothing to do with nesting dolls, but there are, as you probably could have guessed, Willy Wonka nesting dolls available for purchase on the Internet. Depending on how this season turns out, perhaps the Nationals should give away commemorative chocolate syrup bottles next year with randomly inserted golden tickets redeemable for an all-expenses paid trip to Hershey Park.