[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!