Nationals DC Public High School Initiative

dc high school baseball players at press conference[Photoset] The DC City Council is again talking baseball, but this time without all the arguments and bickering. The Nationals have voiced a commitment to improving athletics and education in DC since the Lerner’s acquired the team, and yesterday announced one more step toward their goal of improving youth baseball and hopefully someday grooming locally grown talent. In a press conference (ooh! my first time in the press conference room at Nats Park!) prior to yesterday’s final spring training game against the Orioles, the Nationals announced their 2009 DC Public High School Initiative.

The 12 DC high schools with baseball teams were offered an opportunity to hold one two-hour practice at Nationals Park on the field or in the batting cage next to the Presidents Club near the end of the school year at no charge. I’ve heard what youth baseball fields are like in DC and can only imagine how cool the experience of playing at a major league ballpark — even once — will be for these kids. Cardozo Senior High School, Dunbar High School, and Roosevelt Senior High School have already signed up for practices.

The second part of the initiative gives every DC high school student and faculty member a ticket to one game at Nats Park. Each high school will have their own “night at the ballpark”.

I’ll have video later – have to go enjoy some of this beautiful day!

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[Photoset] Joel Hanrahan saved the one run game against the Orioles in the final spring training exhibition before the 2009 season begins in front of a surprisingly thin crowd. Unlike last year, you could buy tickets to this game – did people not know that? Oh boy oh boy did it feel great to be back in the stands and see so many familiar faces!! I stayed glued to my seat the entire game.

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