Monday, February 12, 2007
Our Nationals Want YOU To Be President!!
The Racing Presidents were a big hit at RFK Stadium Last year. So much so, that The Lovable Loser, Teddy Roosevelt--had fans wearing "Run, Teddy, Run!!" T-Shirts by the end of the 2006 season. Alas, Teddy would go down winless for the season.
Washington Nationals Team President, Stan Kasten, is enamored with "The Racing Rushmores" and plans on using them more and more as Faces Of The Franchise. Now, with the 2007 season about to begin, Our Washington Nationals are looking for some fresh faces, and strong bodies to play participants in the races and other team events.
Over at Nationals.com, an ad posted says contact the Nats at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. But, you must be at least 5'7" in height, be able to run from the right field corner at RFK to Home Plate, wear a costume that weights appoximately 45lbs. and, most importantly, give up half of the game you are attending to participate.
From personal experience, The African Queen and I had a wonderful time last September 4th, Labor Day, during the Nationals Game versus The St. Louis Cardinals. In fact, that was the game Ramon Ortiz carried a No Hitter into the 9th. And, I did not realize a No Hitter was happening until about the 7th inning. Sohna and I didn't return to our seats until the end of the 5th--with everyone in Section 320 asking us about the race.
No doubt, the costume is top heavy and awkward, difficult to run in. I was Abe Lincoln and Abe's chin drops so low, it blocks your view while running. But, its a blast. I would do it again, if asked. When leaving the field after the race, the amount of attention from fans, and especially kids while you are walking up the steps to the exit, is unbelievable.
I would highly recommend applying for your chance. Being a Racing President for one game is well worth your time. The fun at the ballpark is all about the experiences.