District Daily: Nationals holding tryouts for ‘racing presidents’


Jul 4, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals racing presidents run during the fourth inning of the game against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit:

Brad Mills


Good morning DoD readers, start off your day with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web in our District Daily:

Washington Nationals holding tryouts for ‘racing presidents’

(Associated Press via WUSA 9)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Washington Nationals are hosting auditions this weekend to find a fan who will become the next “racing president.”

Candidates have been invited to the team’s Youth Baseball Academy on Sunday to perform a freestyle dance, run a 40-yard dash and participate in two presidential races from center field to the home dugout. Applicants will also be asked a series of questions. Read full article here.

Nationals’ Matt Williams accepts BBWAA NL Manager of the Year Award

(Patrick Reddington, Federal Baseball)

In a press release announcing Washington manager Matt Williams as the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s National League Manager of the Year this past November, Mike Rizzo praised the Nationals‘ first-year skipper for the work Williams did with the 96-66 2014 NL East Champions.

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“‘His first year in the dugout was excellent,'” Rizzo said, “‘and it was a pleasure to watch him grow throughout. He is a respected leader, and the steady hand that navigated our team through many challenges this season.

“‘What we accomplished this season would not have been possible without the right man at the helm. That was Matt this season, and we’re all looking forward to 2015.'” Read full article here.

Max Scherzer thanks Tigers, fans in Freep full-page ad

(Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press)

Max Scherzer and his wife, Erica, formally said good-bye to the Detroit Tigers and their fans in a full-page advertisement in the Detroit Free Press today.

The right-hander, who won the American League Cy Young Award in 2013 with the Tigers, signed with the Washington Nationals for 7 years, $210 million earlier this week.

On Thursday, the Free Press received a call from the Boras Corporation (super agent Scott Boras is Scherzer’s agent). The corporation asked to purchase a full-page ad in today’s Free Press so Scherzer could thank the fans of Detroit for his five seasons here. Read full article here.

Washington Nationals holding tryouts for ‘racing presidents’

(Associated Press via WUSA 9)