When fans enter Nationals Park on Friday for the Nationals’ game against the Giants, they’ll be transported to a time when Dusty Baker was managing the club in the visitors’ dugout, there was no baseball team in D.C., and slap bracelets were all the rage. Washington-based ’90s cover bands Uncle Jesse and White Ford Bronco will be performing in Center Field Plaza and at the Budweiser Terrace, respectively, as part of the Nationals’ first ’90s Night celebration.
There will be no gate giveaway like last season, when the Nationals’ gave away fanny packs on ’80s Night, but there will be 5,000 slap bracelets at the Budweiser Brew House, Budweiser Terrace and Bud Light Loft, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Score!
“We decided to invest in the music,” Valerie Camillo, the Nationals’ chief revenue and marketing officer, said Monday.
Which is why professional dancers will get down on the dugout between innings and four DJs will play four genres of music from the ’90s in four locations throughout the park during the game. The musical lineup will include hip-hop, country, alternative and the quintessentially ’90s category “boy bands.”
Several concession items will be reimagined, or at least renamed for one night. They include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pizza at Enzo’s pizza locations, a Jurassic Pork sandwich at Taste of the Majors stands, Britney Chicken Spears at Change-Up Chicken, Shave Ice, Ice Baby at Leilani’s Shave Ice and Hootie & the Blowfish tacos at the Budweiser Brew House.
The Racing Presidents, two of whom were in office during parts of the 1790s and 1890s, will be dressed as Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael from “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” The Nationals are encouraging fans to “come as you were,” a play on the 1991 hit single from Nirvana, “Come as You Are.” In other words, dress like a character from “Friends” or “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” or “Saved by the Bell.”
To get fans excited for Friday, Nationals in-game host Mike Ploger and Teddy of the Racing Presidents will hand out popular snacks from the ’90s and asking ’90s trivia questions near Eastern Market from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Fans at the event will have a chance to win one of 10 ’90s Night posters.
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