Want to get your kid into baseball? Take them to a game. Want to turn your kid into a lifelong baseball fan? Take them to a game with a very cool giveaway.
It’s tough for baseball fans to get the next generation interested in the game. Baseball is the slowest of America’s major sports, with a home run every hour if you’re lucky. Giveaways help.
This year the Nats have some classic, fan-favorite giveaways (who doesn’t love bobbleheads?) and some throwbacks that were popular when the Nats were still the Expos. In honor of the seventh inning stretch, here are the seven best Nationals giveaways for the 2022 season. All of the giveaways in this roundup do not require a special ticket.
World Series™ Cooler Tote // Nationals vs. New York Mets
The Nats didn’t get to properly celebrate their World Series victory. The stupid pandemic turned 2020 into a fan-less, shortened season and most ballparks didn’t operate at full capacity until after the All-Star Game in 2021. 2022 is the first-year baseball kinda, sorta feels like normal and some of the biggest reasons the Nats won in 2019 (Scherzer tops the list with Rendon, Turner and Zimmerman following) are long gone. But none of that should prevent you from proudly using this World Series cooler tote. Keep your beers cold like a (World Series) champion. 7:05 p.m.
Kids Superhero Socks // Nationals vs. Houston Astros
What makes socks superhero socks? Capes on the calf, obviously. 1:35 p.m. + 7:05 p.m
Juan “Soto Shuffle” Bobblehead // Nationals vs. Colorado Rockies
There are multiple Juan Soto bobblehead giveaways this season. If you want your kid to actually embrace baseball and not Star Wars (there’s a Juan ‘Solo’ bobblehead for Star Wars Night), we’re going with the bobblehead that actually references his play. 7:05 p.m.
Nationals Clear Fanny Pack // Nationals vs. San Diego Padres
Unless you lived through the ’80s or dressed up as The Rock for Halloween, you probably haven’t used a fanny pack. Time to embrace storing things on your person other than pockets. 7:05 p.m.
Kids Color-Your-Own Pencil Case // Nationals vs. San Diego Padres
This is a double-edged sword. Your kid might like a Nats-themed piece of school supplies. Your kid might not like being reminded they’re going back to school. 1:35 p.m. + 12:05 p.m.
Tote Bag // Nationals vs. Cincinnati Reds
The most boring and most useful of this year’s giveaways. Great for parents, not great for kids.
Nationals Screech Handmade by Robots ™ Vinyl Figure // Nationals vs. Miami Marlins
Games against the Marlins usually have some of the best giveaways and non-game perks because the Marlins have the weakest fan base in the MLB. This year is no different with fireworks following the July 1 game against the fish and these figurines of the beloved Nats mascot at two mid-September games. September games are either really exciting because of playoff contention or really fun because you’re seeing a bunch of up-and-comers on a rebuilding squad. It’s a win-win scenario even if your team has way more losses than wins. 1:35 p.m. + 4:05 p.m.