A Special visit to The Lab School of Washington

Nationals Principal Owner Mark D. Lerner will be blogging throughout the 2011 Grapefruit League Season, giving Nats fans a unique perspective of the goings-on at the Nats Spring Training in Viera. Check back often for the latest updates.

Hi Nats fans–I’m pleased to return to the Curly W Live blog for the first time since baseball’s Winter Meetings. It’s been an exciting couple of months for the entire Nationals organization especially for Mike Rizzo and his able staff. All of their hard work will soon take shape when pitchers and catchers report Tuesday, and Spring Training starts in earnest shortly thereafter.

 

But before the focus shifts to Viera, Florida and Spring Training, my wife Judy and I had a special opportunity to visit The Lab School of Washington Friday morning. We’re long-time friends with one of the teachers parents, Ms. Charlotte Lefkowitz, and were invited to meet with her class of nine and 10-year-olds. The school boasts a truly unique educational environment and has a wonderful reputation. Charlotte and the kids were exceptionally welcoming and had a number of engaging questions for us about both baseball and the importance of getting an education.

 

It certainly helps to be able to point to some of our own players, including pitchers Stephen Strasburg and Drew Storen, as real world examples of young men who value and excel in both aspects of their lives. Over the winter, they both went back to school to continue their education. But the highlight of the visit came when we read the kids “Casey at the Bat” by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, the famous baseball poem originally published in the San Francisco Examiner on June 3,1888 – so there was a bit of a history lesson in our visit as well!

 

All in all, we were honored by the invitation to meet such a special group of students. We left them with a number of gifts from the Nationals and it was clear they are as eager as any fans in the area for Opening Day to arrive.

 

But in the meantime, it’s off to Viera for Spring Training for me next week, where I’ll be sure to check in regularly with the latest news and notes as we continue to build the foundation for what should be an exciting season of Nationals baseball.

 

Mark

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