If you have the need…the need for speed…or perhaps you have lost that loving feeling, join the Potomac Nationals for Top Gun 30th Anniversary Night on Saturday, August 6th at Pfitzner Stadium as the P-Nats engage the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Kansas City Royals) in a 6:35pm Northern Division dogfight!
It's been three decades since Maverick went Mach 2 into the Danger Zone with his hair on fire and gave all of us a better appreciation for the term "wingman."
Fans will cruise through the stadium gates at 5:00pm…
Then, the P-Nats will kick the tires and light the fires as The Red, White, and Blue faithful pay tribute to the classic 1980s high-octane, yet dramatic motion picture.
And because the P-Nats are still not over Goose, it's time to buzz the tower with a night of Top Gun-infused ticket discounts, promotions, and rewards for P-Nats fans on hand at The Pfitz.
The following Top Gun-inspired elements featured on this special night of fighter jet banter will allow the evening's entertainment to take off:
*Any fan with "Maverick" in their full legal name will receive one (1) free general admission ticket to the game at the Potomac Nationals Ticket Office with proof of identification
*All active and retired members of the United States Navy will receive one (1) free GA ticket to the promotion at the P-Nats Ticket Office with proof of military ID
*Any fan who wears "Aviator" sunglasses and/or a bomber jacket to The Pfitz for the promotion may purchase one (1) GA ticket for only $5 at the P-Nats Ticket Office
*The first 1,500 fans through the gates at The Pfitz will receive a giveaway Lucas Giolito #1 Nationals Prospect Bobblehead sponsored by: Dave Stinson's GEICO Office
*P-Nats players and coaches will be wearing commemorative Top Gun 30th Anniversary Night "bomber jacket" jerseys which will be auctioned off on the ballpark concourse during the game with proceeds to benefit Osbourn Park High School in Prince William County; the game-used jerseys will be autographed after the game and handed to the fans by the Clubhouse while each player and coach takes a posed photograph with the auction winner
*Dog Tags hidden in select P-Nats Gameday Souvenir Programs discovered by fans can be redeemed at the U.S. Coast Guard Fan Assistance Booth for one (1) free P-Nats' 2016 team signed Carolina League baseball
*The Top Gun Soundtrack will land in the eardrums of all fans on hand
*Fan-favorite Top Gun audio quotes on the public address system and video clips on the jumbo-tron video board will further immortalize the high-flying adventure story throughout the game
*A pre-game, one-of-a-kind flyover prior to first pitch will dazzle fans like a missile's trail
*A look-a-like Maverick will throw out a ceremonial first pitch before flying around the ballpark to pose for pictures with fans while pulling the gutsiest moves crowds have ever seen
*A Pfitzner Stadium-style "beach" volleyball tournament will take place that will net the winning team one (1) Giolito bobblehead per person, four (4) undated reserved P-Nats '16 tickets per player, and the whole team acquires a target lock on an official '16 P-Nats Military Appreciation Giveaway T-Shirt (since it will finally be time for the players to throw a shirt on)
*In the event fans can't handle the heat from the burners on this promotion and potentially the warm temperatures, an "Iceman" will be stationed in the shade on the ballpark concourse with cups of ice to keep fans cool
*A target-rich fan environment in the seating sections will pave the way for a special "F-14 Toss" once every three innings in which a handful of mini "F-14s" will glide into the scrambling crowd out of the hands of Brixx Box (Press Box) workers and only one F-14 lableled with the name of a Top Gun character will unlock one (1) premium prize per toss; the premium prizes include: a model jet for the "Maverick Toss," a remote-controlled replica jet for the "Goose Toss," and a bomber jacket plus a Top Gun 30th Anniversary Night game used volleyball net and ball for the "Iceman Toss"
*P-Nats players will enjoy their jumbo-tron video board headshots transformed into Top Gun characters such as: "Mav," "Goose," "Iceman," "Viper," "Jester," "Wolfman," "Sundown," "Hollywood" "Merlin," "Slider," and "Cougar"
*Great (Cheese) Balls of Fire will be sold in the Main Concessions Stand during the event but don't hit the breaks too hard or you might skid right by where these delicacies are sold
*Drink specials at select ballpark points of sale designated "Beer-Craft Carriers" will feature Goose Island IPA
*A "Wing-Man Eating Contest" will pit a pair of two-person teams against each other in a race against time to see which duo can shoot down the most buffalo wings in two minutes; the winning team will pull the trigger on the following prizes: one Lucas Giolito bobblehead per person, 10 undated reserved 2016 P-Nats tickets per teammate, and a pair of Aviator sunglasses to the Team Captain (who destroyed the most wings) courtesy of the Nationals
*A mid-game fan sing-along to the song, "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" by Righteous Brothers
*An in-game jumbo-tron video board In Memoriam Tribute and Moment of Silence to remember the passing of Goose
*Top Gun Trivia from 8:00pm to 8:45pm in the Pfitzner Stadium Picnic Patio in the right field corner of the ballpark; the winner takes down a Top Gun Blu-ray, a Giolito bobblehead, a model jet, and a Top Gun 30th Anniversary Night theme jersey from the P-Nats
*Thanks to a partnership with Virginia529 College Savings Plan, one lucky kid will have the chance to sit in the "Command Center" and bark out public address announcing over the ballpark loud speakers during the game as P-Nats and Blue Rocks hitters are on approach to home plate
*A jet has to have fuel so as part of an exclusive Food Truck Night, fans will be able to taste the delicious offerings from the Dickey's BBQ, Ooh Dat Chicken, and Tasty Kabob food trucks on site along the First Base and Third Base ballpark fence lines
*Canadian Geese will be present near the softball fields at 7 County Complex Court throughout the night (most likely, anyways!)
*A post-game fireworks extravaganza will light up the Woodbridge, Virginia sky presented by: WTOP before kids will be able to race the bases on the diamond courtesy of: Kids N Motion
Although the most notable major award won by the action-packed film, Top Gun (1986) was a People's Choice Award for Favorite Motion Picture, the movie has withstood the test of time and is truly one of the most memorable high-powered romance stories of all time.
Don't request a flyby of this opportunity to celebrate the lasting impact of Top Gun on our popular culture and lexicon.
Hit the jets, go "wheels up", and get inverted with P-Nats Baseball to help celebrate the late Tony Scott's aerial masterpiece.
On this night, do your pre-flight checklist and then hold on tight, because the P-Nats are flying by the seat of their pants...
And Top Gun 30th Anniversary Night has the lead!