Return Of The “Pack”
Preparation for the upcoming season extends to every facet of the organization, including our gameday staff. One of our most important teams of staff members, which you will most certainly recognize if you have ever been to a game at Nationals Park, is the NatPack.
Have you ever wondered just who these young men and women are who come together to help make your in-park experience as fun as possible? Have you ever wished you were one of them? We will hold a two-day tryout – Saturday, January 28 and Sunday January 29 at Nationals Park – to find the best of the best for this year’s NatPack. With the excitement building around the 2012 season, these tryouts promise to be full of Nationals fans looking for a chance to represent their favorite team on the field.
Do you think you have what it takes to make the team? NatPack vets Katie and Kenny share their experiences, their advice and what they are looking forward to in 2012.
Curly W Live: What does it take to be a member of the NatPack?
Katie: You have to be outgoing, personable and enthusiastic so you can give the fans a memorable and positive experience every time they come to the ballpark. You also need to be able to handle the pressure of working a live event because things will not always go as planned. At any moment, you need to be ready to step up and handle what is thrown your way.
Kenny: You have to be comfortable talking to people and have an outgoing personality. You also have to have a positive outlook on things and circumstances, as certain situations such as the final score or other factors may not turn out your way during a game.
CWL: What has been your favorite moment at the ballpark?
Katie: I had the opportunity to work the game where Stephen Strasburg pitched his Major League debut. I have never seen the stadium buzzing with that much energy and it made my role even more exciting!
Kenny: My favorite moment at the ballpark last season was the concert that featured Lifehouse after the game. It was the first time be a part of. It’s always good to say that you witnessed something or were a part of something the first time it occurred.
CWL: What has been your favorite off-the-field memory?
Katie: The unveiling of the new jerseys. We had the chance to help advertise the new look of the team.
Kenny: The road trip to the Pittsburgh Pirates stadium (PNC Park) and taking the Racing Presidents with us. This has been an annual trip for the last few seasons, but this year we were able to take some of our new NatPack members and Racing Presidents. It’s nice to interact with fans from a different team and just see how other entertainment teams operate.
CWL: What keeps you coming back to be a part of the NatPack year after year?
Katie: The whole team we work with. They are all so amazing, and we have created many memories together as a family. Everyone is so dedicated to their jobs and it makes it a fun experience for all. Mingling with fans and keeping them happy is just part of my everyday job and it gives me a lot of satisfaction at the end of the day to know that they are going home happy.
Kenny: I keep coming back to be a part of the NatPack year after year because I have unfinished work to be completed. I have been a part of the NatPack since the very beginning in 2005 but I have not been able to see the team make it the playoffs or make it to the World Series. With all that I have seen, and all that I have accomplished with the Nat Pack I feel as though seeing my team make the playoffs and win the World Series would be perhaps the final hurdle.
CWL: What is something you didn’t know about the Nat Pack until you arrived?
Katie: It is a job that involves a lot of teamwork and loyalty to your fellow NatPackers. If you can’t work together and communicate with each other, the job will not be easy.
Kenny: I didn’t realize how long a baseball season could be, especially when you’re working 50% or more of the games. I have gotten used to it and very much enjoy spending a good portion of my spring and summer entertaining fans and watching baseball.
CWL: What is your best piece of advice for all aspiring NatPack members?
Katie: Be yourself and don’t hold back.
Kenny: For any and all aspiring NatPack members my best piece of advice is to be as creative as possible. As a member of the NatPack you have to have a winning attitude and you have to be on top of your game at all times, as the fans expect nothing but the best from you.
Auditions for the 2012 NatPack take place on Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29 at Nationals Park. Send a photo, resume and cover letter here by Monday, January 23 for your chance to join in on the fun.