Potomac Nationals’ mascot placed on 60-day DL

The Potomac Nationals (Washington’s single-A affiliate) had a fire at their home stadium last week, and they’ve placed their mascot on the disabled list as a result. The team sent out this hilarious press release on Friday afternoon to announce the news about mascot “Uncle Slam”:

The Potomac Nationals have announced the following roster move:

Mascot Uncle Slam placed on 60-Day DL (retroactive to 7/4)

That currently puts the P-Nats at zero mascots which is under the Carolina League minimum of one mascot. Uncle Slam will miss the remainder of the season due to the fire at the Pfitz and is recovering but will be fully healthy for the 2013 season. Expect Uncle Slam in 2013 to be new and improved at the Pfitz with a brand new attitude!

With Potomac under the Carolina League minimum of one mascot, the P-Nats are looking for help from any team or organization that is willing to let Potomac adopt their mascot. Any mascot willing to sign on for a two-month contract with the Potomac Nationals will be handsomely rewarded with baseball bucks, Chilli’s Lemonade, Chick-Fil-A sandwiches and the chance to watch fireworks every Saturday night.

The press release goes on to provide contact information for the team in case anyone is willing to lend them a mascot. We wish them well in their search. And why is it that the Potomac Nats seem to have so many problems with their field?

H/T Deadspin

Mike Rizzo, Nationals Fighting with Own Single-A Team Over Field Conditions

If you’re one of those people who loves to watch a nice argument between a husband and wife or listen to siblings battle it out, you will love the feud that is currently ongoing within the Washington Nationals organization.  The condition of the field at Potomac, where the Nationals Single-A affiliate plays their home games, has become a hot topic of debate over the past week.  Initially, Nationals GM Mike Rizzo publicly stated that the conditions at Pfitzner Field are dangerous — an opinion shared by fans, umpires, and players alike.  Now, things have gotten ugly.

Potomac owner Art Silber did not appreciate Rizzo ripping his field in public. “He clearly doesn’t know what he was talking about,” Silber told the Washington Times. “He has no idea what has happened at our ballpark and really shouldn’t be commenting on it. The field is fine. We’re not sure why Mr. Rizzo made the comments he did, which were, really, very unfortunate. They certainly did not reflect the reality for us.”

Obviously Potomac is not being randomly targeted and something is wrong with the field.  While Silber is overreacting a bit considering everyone has complained about his field, he wasn’t even the person most offended by Rizzo’s comments.  Prince William Board of County Supervisors chairman Corey Stewart went off on Rizzo when talking to Nate Fenno of the Washington Times on Wednesday.

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