[ Photoset ] Ok, so that doesn’t look like night, does it? That’s because the event was originally scheduled for April 13th, which was rained out, so took place during the rescheduled day game of a day/night doubleheader on Saturday, May 16th. Other ballparks and sports venues have held blogger nights, so I was thrilled MASN set one up for the Nationals. We were treated to tours of the television broadcast booth, production trailer, Nats X-tra set, and also received lengthy special guest visits from Ray Knight, Johnny Holliday, Ben Goessling from the Washington Times, Pete McElroy from MASN, Chartese Burnett and Lisa Pagano.
The crowd has changed a bit over the years and there were some people missing, of course (NTP Nate, WFY, Ian Koski, etc…). Brian from Nats Farm Authority, Chris Needham formerly of Capital Punishment (now NBC), and I were the only originals. Chris from Nationals Enquirer joined us as well, but we hadn’t met before. I had the pleasure of meeting Mike Harris from Nats Fanboy Looser (who was also on Nats Insider on the radio later). His insights on being in and getting out of the media life and becoming a fan (not necessarily related) are fascinating. Also in attendance were Dave and Cheryl from Nats News Network, Screech’s Best Friend and the African Queen from Nats320, Stephanie and Kristen from We’ve Got Heart, Ed from Federal Baseball, Steve from Fire Jim Bowden, and Todd Webster from MASN. No fights or verbal fisticuffs broke out! Luckily, we were having such a good time socializing, we didn’t pay much attention to the game. Scott Olsen had a rough outing, had an MRI after the game which found something old but nothing new. He received a cortisone shot and will be placed on the DL Monday with Detwiler called up to start.
Many thanks to Todd and Kristen for setting this up and keeping our bellies full (great beer-stocked fridge and even a dessert cart! They know how to please teh bloggerz!)! Great time!
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