A Healthy Dose of the Nationals
The players demonstrated batting, pitching and fielding for youngsters and took their questions before answering questions from the adult fans in attendance. The kids were eager to learn about the game from Jason and Aaron. Ever the teacher, Jason showed the children different grips for different pitches. Aaron helped them practice a ready stance, fielding and throwing.
After the demonstration, the children asked questions of the players. One child asked what the hardest pitch is to hit. Bergmann explained that while he's a pitcher and doesn't hit often, he hates good sliders. Boone's most concerned about perfect placement. He explained that Freddy Garcia has a lot of deceptive movement.
There were a few questions about how the guys stay healthy. Both players warned the kids to limit junk food and eat lots of small meals throughout the day. Boone explained that he loved to cook which encouraged a youngster to suggest that the team publish a cookbook. Bergmann reminded fans of Patterson and Schneider's decision last season to remove the junkfood from the clubhouse.
Fans and adults also asked a few questions. Stan Kasten explained that Opening Day tickets and single game tickets in general would go on sale at the beginning of March. Season-ticket holders will have an opportunity to purchase before that time. With 75 days left, Stan talked about how busy the club is getting ready to open the new park. "It's the busiest off season of my career," he explained.
Charlie also asked Aaron and Jason about the impact of steroids on the game. "I think they're bad," said Boone. He expressed confidence in MLB's steps toward cleaning up the game. Bergmann agreed with Boone and said there's plenty of ways to improve your game without performance enhancing substances - citing lifting and proper nutritrion as two examples.
After the questions, Kasten, Boone and Bergmann signed autographs for fans. The presidents entertained fans throughout the Expo - even joining an exercise class for a few minutes.
Here's our photos from the event. Miss Chatter has some great ones too.
Turns out bloggers and crazy fans think alike. After the event, we figured we'd make the most of our green line ride by stopping at the new stadium for a quick look. Nats320 was there and also has some great pictures.
It looks like the stadium and the Metro have lots of work ahead, but here's to counting down the days.
The Nats also have this cool new video up of the park construction.