WASHINGTON -- One lucky fan is now the proud owner of a misspelled "Natinals" jersey, as an embarrassing mistake was turned into a fund-raising opportunity on Saturday.
On April 17 against the Marlins, Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman were seen wearing home uniforms with the team's name misspelled. The "O" was missing from the word Nationals. They changed into jerseys with the right spelling during the middle of the game.
On Saturday, Dunn's "Natinals" jersey was auctioned off during the fourth annual Dream Gala at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. The jersey was sold for $8,000, the highest priced item of the night.
The gala raised money to help the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation make steady progress with its cornerstone programs. These include a partnership with the DC government to build the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy -- an organization which will provide baseball and softball instruction to local children as well as after-school academic assistance -- and the creation of a state-of-the-art Pediatric Diabetes Care Complex in partnership with Children's National Medical Center here in DC.
On April 21, Majestic Athletic apologized for the misspelling on Dunn and Zimmerman's jerseys.
"All of us at Majestic Athletic want to apologize to both the Washington Nationals and Major League Baseball for accidentally omitting the 'O' in two Nationals jerseys last week," said Jim Pisani, president of Majestic Athletic. "We take 100 percent responsibility for this event, and we regret any embarrassment for the Nationals organization, players and fans.
"Outfitting all 30 teams and 750 players is a duty we take very seriously. Majestic has been trusted on-field for over 25 years. Based on our history, clubhouse managers expect that every new uniform from Majestic is perfect. For the Nationals, this time we did not meet this standard."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.