News and Announcements
Games for the annual pre-season road trip have been finalized. On Saturday May 18, 2002 the Nationals will travel to Manitowoc to play the State League's Manitowoc Bandits in an afternoon twinbill. The following day, the team will have an opportunity to avenge it's only defeat in 2001 in a rematch with the State League's Sheboygan A's. Plans are for an afternoon doubleheader. The team will take care of Saturday night accomodations and meals for those who make the trip. Plan now for one of the most exciting and challenging weekends in Nationals history!
After 11 productive seasons, Andy Butorac (#27) has decided to hang up his spikes. Citing family and career responsibilities, Butorac leaves behind an impressive legacy. Butorac broke in with the team at the end of the 1991 season. A fixture in leftfield for nearly a decade, Butorac's finest performances occured at the plate. Three times Butorac hit better than .400, highlighted by a 1998 campaign in which he hit .500 with 3HR's and 25 RBI's. Last season Butorac finished with a .333 average and 21 RBI's. Quietly confident in the four hole, Butorac's finest moment may have been a game winning grand slam in the last of the seventh of a 1999 game versus the four-time defending champion, Luke's Cubs. Butorac is among the all-time leaders in multiple categories. He ranks second all-time in doubles (35), third in homers (7), and is tied for fourth in RBI. (130) Butorac's absense will be felt by all. His self-effacing humor and dry wit was an intregal part of the team's overall personality.
The team voted to alter the style of its game caps for the upcoming season. Those attending the winter planning meeting discussed a variety of options before settling on a solid, navy blue, low-profile, fitted cap with a Yankees-style "N" for the logo. The final product should strongly resemble the current Yankee cap with only the "Y" excluded.
The order for 2001 Championship Plaques has arrived and plaques are now available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To reserve yours, a payment of $35 is needed. Supply is limited. A total of 12 remain for purchase, so open your vaults and avoid the pain of regret.
The two-time defending champion Nationals will conduct their first planning meeting for the upcoming season on Sunday December 23, 2001 at 1:30pm. Contact Steve Elliott on this site or at 414-327-2398 for details. All interested in playing for the 2002 Nationals need to attend or call with regrets..