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We love baseball, you love baseball. We write about baseball all year long, both during and between the seasons. Maybe you do too, or maybe you have just always wanted to, but have never had the forum for it. Either way, here’s your chance. We will pick one lucky fan to join us in the press box for a 2013 Nationals home game and write a post for Curly W Live.

You’ll even get your own byline on one of the top MLB Pro Blogs, one that reaches hundreds of thousands of readers per year. Not bad, right? All you have to do is state your case in the comments below. Keep it under 250 words, then check back at the end of the day to see if you’ve been chosen. See below for additional details and a link to the official contest rules. Good luck!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Enter by 3:59:59 pm ET on 1/16/13. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C. who are at least 18 years of age (and of legal age of majority in jurisdiction of residence). TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM THE GAME AND LODGING NOT INCLUDED. Limit one (1) entry/comment per person and per email address. Void where prohibited. See Official Rules, which govern, for complete details.

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Hello. My name is Alf. I was the best sports blogger on Melmac until my spaceship crashed on Earth. I have been developing Nattitude for several years now and would love the chance to cover my favorite team!

Follow me on twitter @Alf_redskins!

Hello, My name is Clifford Angus , I am a college senior, who is returning to DC this semester to help out my mother. I am sad to miss school but pumped to back for DC sports, GO NATS, GO CAPS. I have been to nats games since RFK days and would love a chance to sit in the box. I am a advertising major in the school of journalism and this would be the best thing ever.

Big Nats fan (went to every playoff game last year) truly excited for the upcoming season! Think this would be an awesome opportunity to write about the team I follow. I’ve always wanted to write about sports but never had the right forum to pursue it.

Hello. I’m Ben Klein and am a senior marketing major at Bentley University looking to join the realm of sports journalism once I graduate in May. I’m the current copy editor of the school newspaper and former sports editor. I’m also a featured columnist at Bleacher Report, writing about everything baseball including the Nationals. I fell in love with D.C. during a visit two summers ago while attending a handful of games. I would love the opportunity to sit in the press box for a game and join the club of fantastic writers who constantly are reporting about everything Washington Nationals. Thank you for this great opportunity.

The Nats and writing are two of my favorite things and I’ve always thought that I would love the chance to combine them. I have a lot of other interests so I never went into professional writing but I would love to have the chance, even just for one day, to be able to cover the team. The Nationals are one of the most compelling teams in baseball and there are so many storylines that would interest readers and fans. I’d love the chance to be a small part of telling that story.

Aside from the fact that yesterday was my birthday and blogging officially for the Nationals would be a tremendous gift, I think you should pick me to write a blog for Curly W Live because it would help fulfill a little part of my dream of becoming a sportswriter.

I studied sports journalism all throughout high school but then, well, the real world got in the way. I wish I’d worked harder back then to follow my dream, but I didn’t. Over the past couple years I’ve written for a few music websites — officially covering bands like the Foo Fighters and Bon Iver along the way — but I haven’t been able to get over the barrier into respectable sports journalism. This would be a perfect opportunity to do that.

And if you decide to pick someone else, you can still catch me decked out in red at Nationals Park this summer showing off my #NATITUDE.

I’m a sports reporter for the the top-ranked student newspaper in the country, The Daily Collegian at Penn State. Getting this opportunity would benefit me in my aspirations to eventually write for the Nationals full-time.

Hello, my name is Jack O’Beam. I’ve always heard about how high the press box is at Nats Park and I need to experience this for myself. I do not have a fear of heights, and I still believe Dippin’ Dots still can become the ice cream of the future. If those reasons are game changers, then please choose me.

I’ve been following baseball since the mid-fifties (Yikes!) since being a fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers. That team, like the Nats, ultimately emerged as a league power house after spending years in baseball purgatory. The similarities are striking on so many levels. I just hope the Nats don’t ultimately pick up and move to California (though most of the cities there already have baseball).

I have always loved to write, so this potential gig would be awaesome. I write a blog on LGBT issues, mainly political, but the topic of equality in sports is also included as well as theatre reviews. But my biggest passion has always been sports, and writing about sports began in my college days when I profiled various athletes on campus. I would enjoy very much to be chosen for this opportunity.

I am a failed but still wannabe baseball blogger looking to escape to a baseball-related job from my current non-baseball job. Also, I live down the street from the stadium, so you can be confident I will be on time.

Why me? I have run a season ticket group since opening day at RFK. I grew up in England as a lover of soccer and cricket. At first, I had no idea what baseball was, but I married an American who grew up supporting the Mets, and who taught me to love the game of baseball. I have a 20 year old college daughter who also loves baseball, but for some unknown reason follows the Red Sox. My 16 year old son, however, is a Nats fan who loves Screech. I can bring an international perspective to the blog and would love to be selected. Lets go Nats.

Growing up in a sports obsessed family, but being completely unathletic (not to mention female) journalism was my ticket to being in the middle of all of the action. It didn’t matter that every team I rooted for was struggling to remain relevant – I still threw myself into learning as much about the players and game as I could. Internships, classes, you name it, I’ve been there. However, I finished college at probably the worst possible time. The economy was in the tank, and media was in a holding pattern. Would the jobs still be there? Being scared, I grabbed the first job offer I had – which was in a completely unrelated field. It was the right choice at the time, but I’m stuck in my mid 20s now wondering what if I had gone after my dream? The Nats have given my family a new way to bond. I would love if they gave me a second chance on a dream I gave up on, even if just for a day.

Hello,
My name is Jack O’Beam. I believe Dippin’ Dots can still become the ice cream of the future. I have also heard many stories from Nats beat writers about how high up the press box is at Nats Park and would like to witness this for myself.* If these two reasons are game changers, then you should pick me. If not, then I would recommend Alf.

*I do not have a fear of heights.

You’re my hero.

Thanks for the endorsement!

I’ve been a fan of the Nats since 2005 and each year keeps getting better! Having spent every birthday since then at the stadium and every St. Paddy’s at Cocoa Beach for spring training, I can say there’s nothing I equate with a great time like watching the team. As a social media professional, I work within the online and blogging community daily and was even listed on MLB’s website for garnering some of the highest votes for Ryan Zimmerman’s all-star bid (we lost, but it was a hard fought battle!) I’ve amassed a Twitter following of over 1K, primarily due to my Nats reporting and fandom, gaining great friends and fellow Nats supporters along the way. I’ve traveled far and wide (venturing into Philly counts, right?) to see my team, and I’d love to switch up the view and see them from the press box!

Are you ready for some baseball? Let’s gear up to see our Nationals sport the World Series Championship Title. You know we are all counting the minutes to Opening Day!

The reason I want to cover the Nationals is really simple, I want to be there for all those Nats fans who can’t. In today’s world of online news, blogs, and social media getting the shortest, best description of events is paramount. People don’t have time for rambling stories. We love those bloggers who get to the point and make us feel like we are there in person when we can’t be. We eagerly devour those posts that fill in the gaps or bring to light a facts or insights as only those inside can. As with the sports writers of old there must be a special bond between those bloggers assembled to cover game. Whether it be discussing an umpire’s call, a timely double switch, or debating if that deep grounder to second was actually a hit. To be with that group and be one of the storytellers in today’s online sports world is a dream. I want to let folks know what that is like, something they may never get to experience in a lifetime. I know I can do that for my fellow Nats fans and hope I get the opportunity.

I have read the rules and I understand that each contestant must be 18years or older, BUT I just want to say that my son is 9 years old and his knowledge of The Game and baseball history/trivia would astound you all. He would be quite the conversation!
I give you all permission to choose him; if it is allowed. IF not, hold another contes for children. I kid you not, my kid is AMAZING!

My name is Gary Cantrell and i host a weekly radio show called The Shoot. It broadcasts live weekly on The Mixx Radio Network a station that reaches over 100k listeners a month via their website and mobile apps. The Shoot is a variety show which covers a lot of different topics including baseball. The show is based in the Washington DC area. I would love the opportunity to blog for the Nationals because sadly internet radio shows aren’t given the same access to sports teams that terrestrial and/or satellite radio is no matter how talented they are or how seriously they take it. I would like this opportunity to prove that i am worthy of doing this and worthy of a potential future opportunity to get media access to the Washington Nationals and cover the games for the station that i work for and the massive audience that we have. I promise you won’t find someone more passionate, more engaged in Social Media (which is critical in these times), and more excited to cover the Nationals than me. I hope you’ll take my entry into consideration and i appreciate this contest that you have offered up to the great fans of this team. Good luck everyone!

Like everyone else submitting, I love baseball. More specifically, I love my Nationals. Yes, I attend, and yes I watch the games I can’t attend but this team is more than just viewing entertainment. These guys are so young and exciting. It would be a dream come true to cover my favorite team, if only for a day. This has nothing to do with my selection, but two and a half years ago in an interview, Ian Desmond was asked about a curve ball that he fouled straight back. He was asked, “You were all over that one weren’t you?” He replied, “I’m all over everything.” He is fantastic and that attitude is contagious with this team.

We at Revolution Reels made this video for the series against Baltimore last year. http://youtu.be/QlORK-aqwhw

According to “future” sports writer – my son Alex – I’m an obsessive Nats fan – almost at stalker level. I would love an opportunity to report on the Nats and put that Philly fan in his place. I have made Nats fans of my other son and nephews and love any opportunity to spend the day at Nats Park. Can wait to come and “taste the steak”!

Hey Curly W! I love the Nats. I love baseball. I can’t get enough of this team. My family and I had a fabulous time watching the Nationals last year both on tv and on 24 amazing days in the stadium. The organization from the players to the management to the press have been remarkable to meet, interact with and watch. I’d love to share my Nattitude with the rest of NatsNation via CurlyW! If not here, I will share it at spring training, my brand new season ticket holder seat, on twitter and around the stadium! Go Nats!

As a fan of the team that wears similar colors, but plays in a park a few hours to the north of DC, it’s great (but difficult) to see that the Nationals have turned the ship around so quickly. Following, and blogging about a team that dominated the NL East for a good stretch of years was fun, but it gets boring after a while. The Nats are an incredible story, and have given me great content to write about, and critique on my personal blog. Being able to string together some words from an unbiased perspective (so long as that home game isn’t against the Phillies…) would be an honor and privilege for this aspiring sport journalist.

I am a relatively new Nats fan. Love watching my boy play so 2 years ago I decided to watch a game. Happened to be the Nats and the Phillies. Where I live, 1 hour from Philly, Philly fans dominate. For me though, there was just something about the Nats that hooked me from that game on. Thank God for MASN, I watch every game I can and love love love being at the ballpark!

I’m 51 and like to say that when I was a baby, instead of giving me a pacifier, my mom would put the radio in my crib to listen to the play-by-play of By Saam, longtime and long-ago Phillies announcer. Rumor has it I was almost named Robin (after Hall of Famer Robin Roberts). My devotion to the Phillies ended abruptly when my all-time fav was cut loose after the 2010 season, when he literally carried the team into the playoffs (notice thanks the “wisdom” of GM Amaro feeling #28 was expendable, the Fightin’s have been having outfield troubles ever since!) and the Nats signed Jayson Werth to that wonderful contract! I have covered local sports since college and would love have the opportunity to tell all my friends who call me a traitor why the Nats will kick the Phillies’ butts again this season!

My name is Ray Mitten, I am a DC native and a huge Nats fan — I was named STH of the Month for June 2009. I was a displaced Senators fan as that team left when I was ten years old, and the return of baseball to DC was definitely a highlight of my life. I’ve taken full advantage of finally having a team to call my own. I have had full season tickets since the team was relocated to Montreal and attend every game. I am extremely interested in the growth of the team and I attend spring training for over two weeks every year, following the Nats exclusively so I can see the prospects, and the look of the new and current players for the season. I’d love to have a chance to communicate to Nats fans everywhere the game day experience through the eyes of a die hard fan who lives and breathes Nats from the first pitch in Viera till the last out of the last game every year.

My name is Jeff and I live and breathe Nats baseball. Call it luck or destiny, last year I went to spring training as well as became a season ticket holder and we (yes I consider myself part of the team) win the division. Yesterday I booked my trip down to Viera for two games this spring. My blogging experience is limited, twitter exclamations about DC sports, but would love the opportunity. I do have one concern, when the Haaarper goes deep my nachos will go flying. So I have heard cheering is against press box etiquette…..but who doesn’t love this kid. Winning the contest would be great but all I really care about is getting another Curly W. And eating nachos at the park.

For nearly three decades, I suffered as baseball toiled in relative obscurity in this region, overshadowed by football, hoops, hockey, a lack of presence (until 2005), and worst of all, mediocrity. In those 30 years, the only pulse the Boys of Summer generated consisted of a couple playoff trips for my hometown Orioles (led by a certain familiar former 2nd baseman) and an unexpected midsummer pennant race in a year when the return of baseball to the District was even more unexpected. And while the O’s thrilled local fans with a surprise Cinderella season in 2012, it was the Natitude in downtown D.C. that announced its arrival loudly and clearly, thrilling us with the excitement and potential of not just one playoff year, but the possibility of many and many more.

I was there in 2005 in Viera when Jon Rauch first dented my Orioles fanaticism by handing a baseball to my 3-year-old. I was there on April 14, 2005 when Livo thrilled a packed RFK house for more than eight shutout innings. I was there for every successive Opening Day, including more than a few stinkers, enjoying the feel of baseball in the District as my grandfather had before me. And I was there for the Nationals’ first foray into postseason baseball last October, hating the 8-0 loss but loving the atmosphere and hoping for so much more. Now, I’d love to join you in the press box for one game of what is hopefully a dream season!

As a near-55 year old mom and unabashed Nats fan, I think I could be a great blogger-for-a-day. I love talking about all things Nats and am known among my son’s friends as the mom who they can talk to about their team. I grew up in Massachusetts with my mom driving sports fanatacism in the household. We watched baseball together (often under cover of a blanket to shield us from seeing the blown call, the last out, the ball going between the legs) and bought and actually ate Yaz bread as part of living in the Red Sox household we created. I lived through disappointment and joy as a baseball fan, and then for the past several years, through joy again as a converted-to-Nats fan living now in the DC area. This team, the coach, the players, have brought me out from under the blanket to love baseball again and to experience all the joy and sometimes heartache of being a fan. Would love a chance to be a blogger with Natitude for a day — and could really use the additional “cred” it would give me with my son’s crowd!

Dearest Curly W Live,

My name is Joe. I ran a daily Nationals blog for a few months last season called Positive Mental Natitude (www.pmnatitude.com) until my stinky real job kept me from being able to continue. I would love to get back in the game, and what better way to do so than by joining you for a day in the press box! Pick me! Or, pick Alf. Everyone loves Alf.

My Nats diehard credentials: sleeping in a Shark hat during the playoffs, miraculously missing work with the flu every Opening Day, getting misty-eyed at 15,000 people attempting to hit the high note during “Take On Me”, tearing up when Wilson Ramos tore his ACL, sobbing uncontrollably when Teddy finally won. (I’m sorry, I just have a lot of feelings.) My alarm clock is Charlie Slowes’ call of Jayson Werth’s walk-off homer in Game 4 (it was a little shocking at first to wake up to “SWINGANNNALONGDRIVE!” but I got used to it). Is it weird to say my goal in life is to have Davey Johnson tuck me into bed and tell me old baseball stories until I fall asleep? Then forget I said anything. I’d love to watch a game with the only people who know this team better than I do, and I’d be honored to write a post for MLB about the franchise with the best story in baseball. To be completely honest, though, I’m really just applying for a chance to get some of that sinfully delicious press box food. I’m salivating just thinking about that spread. Yours drooly, Dan McKeever, SW DC

Dearest Curly W Live,

My name is Joe. I ran a blog for a few months last season called Positive Mental Natitude (www.pmnatitude.com) until my stinky real job got in the way and kept me from continuing. I would love to get back into the game, and what better way to do so than by joining you in the press box. Pick me! Or pick Alf. Everyone loves Alf.

The reasons I should write for the Curly W:
A chance to share the game from the fan perspective would be invaluable
Knowing random facts about the players would be fun to share
Excited about the team’s future
Offer perspectives as an fan, analyst, DMV native, and African-American
Natitude is within me
More than 140 characters to write on this team is necessary
Every moment would be cherished and reflected in the blog

However, the real reason is my creative writing. Notice how “Take On Me” is strategically placed in here? I love this team, and I’d truly love this opportunity.

The Nationals are currently favorites to win the World Series, and rightfully so. With four of five starting pitchers returning and the signing of Dan Haren, even the best lineups in baseball stand a poor chance of beating the Nationals on any given day. Denard Span, while not an elite center fielder, is an excellent addition who will fill the important role of lead-off hitter that we need. Finally, Rafael Soriano will be the closer that can finish off playoff games when our World Series hopes are on the line. The Nationals will be the most exciting team in baseball next season, but more importantly they will bring the World Series to Washington for the first time since 1924.

Nationals fan here that moved up to Philly in the past year, so I have the perspective from enemy territory. Our most hated enemy. I understand that they are beginning to have a complex about the Nationals. They think they don’t care about us but can not keep us out of their minds.

If it is a Phillies game, I think I’d be a good fit. Love the Nats, love baseball, and love hating on Philly fans.

During five long months of physical therapy to recover from an illness, baseball provided me with an escape. I have always been a baseball fan, but the experience provided me with a fresh perspective on the beauty of the game. Watching the games on television motivated me to give it my all in my recovery process so I could get back to the ballpark to cheer on my team. If selected to join Curly W Live in the press box, I would have the opportunity to share my love of the game that helped me through immense challenges with a wide audience and hopefully help bring the light the sport provides into other people’s lives.

I have been a Washington Baseball fan for a very long time. The first baseball game I ever attended was the Senators vs. the White Sox at Griffith Stadium. I then followed the New Senators until they moved to Texas and have been an avid Nationals fan since their move here. I was at Opening Night at RFK Stadium and must admit to shedding a few tears when the old Senators handed their gloves to the new Nationals.

I would appreciate the chance….I am a student of the game, having grown up listening to Ernie Harwell broadcast games. I love baseball, and so does my family. My kids have been going to games since they were 3 weeks old. Whether it is listening to the world series on a short wave radio when deployed or following my twitter feed, I am well-versed in all forms of media for baseball reporting. I also have a good day job as an active duty military officer, so any success I have in this brief blog opportunity will not threaten anyone’s livelihood.

The fly ball arches impossibly high. Briefly, I see the coach throw his hands up in the dugout and turn his back, already certain that the catch will be missed. I’m in right field of course. In the 70’s, that’s where you stick those players perceived to be the team’s worst. That’s also where you stick the first girl to play little league in a small southern town. She is shy and easily intimidated in practice. What this coach doesn’t know is that her Grandfather throws the ball to her over and over again; teaching the basics. When I finally get my chance, I am ready. A high fly ball in right field has become cake. The crowd erupts at the third out and the blushing humiliation at the coach’s quick dismissal begins to fade. Not enough, however, and so does my love of baseball.

Until…years later. Confession: I’ve never much warmed to Washington, DC sports teams. Oh, sure, I support them. I’ve been here over twenty years now; as a sports fan, hard not to. And then along came the Nationals. I’ll just watch a few games here and there, I told myself. A few turned into every game as the seasons went on. Watching turned into attending when possible. As the team improved, I was forking out money to go to their first post season. These kids, these Strasburgs, these Zims, these Harpers…had done the impossible. Made me love a Washington team and brought me back to baseball.

I don’t deserve to blog for the Nats.

In fact, no one “deserves” such an opportunity. But I’ll tell you why I think I’m the right person for the job.

Live blogging is no easy thing. You’ve got to take in a lot of information, be able to put it in a meaningful context, and find the appropriate words that will allow readers to feel they’re part of the action while it’s happening.

If I’d been blogging from my Game 5 seats high up in section 407 (but still lower than the press box seats, right?), I’d have probably mentioned how I kept telling myself that a 6-0 lead this early doesn’t mean a thing against the battle-tested Cardinals. But I’d have related to readers how Bryce Harper was only the second Major Leaguer ever to hit a postseason home run (Andruw Jones was the first). I’d have written about how I put my red stirrups on over my jeans when Stammen came on in the 6th, hoping he could give them a couple innings of solid relief. I’d have blogged about Davey’s decision to bring in Jackson, comparing it to his similar Game 4 choice of Jordan Zimmermann out of the pen. And in the 9th, one strike away from victory, I would have mentioned how I had my smartphone out ready to record the celebration for posterity (and for my readership).

I would have also written a postscript about how my sister had tears in her eyes as we ambled down the ramp after the win had slipped away. I would have said, though, as I said to her that night, that this team was built to last, and that while this feeling was the worst in the world for a diehard sports fan, our team would be back in 2013.

This is the year of No Limits. No more shutdown. No more controversy. From top to bottom, this franchise is ready. The ownership and management have truly created a powerful, fun, fan-friendly team of guys who are ready to build on the unforgettable ride that was 2012 and go for it all in 2013.

I don’t deserve to be a part of that. I might be a DC native and a former college ballplayer and a would-be writer, but none of those things gives me the right to be a part of all this. Instead, I feel honored to be a fan of the Washington Nationals, and I would like nothing more than the opportunity to tell a tale or two about this team as it continues its ascendancy toward the top of Major League Baseball. Whether you choose me or not as your special one-game blogger, I’ll be there in the stands as often as I can to cheer on the Nats. I’ve got Natitude. I’ve got it bad.

Just a comment on my entry: the official rules says 500 words max, and that’s what I was adhering to. (Your blog post says 250 words, though.)

A night at Nationals Park is an experience poets would savor, the hot summer air, the smell of chilly dog and the crisp sound of an 80s one hit wonder sung by a cheering crowd. Those dressed in red, white and blue, in full support for America’s team wave their caps to those in uniform. Sure Strasburg throws 100pmh, but the pulsating hearts race much faster as they will the Nationals towards another curly W day after day, night after night, 182 times a year.

I have been a DC Baseball fan my entire 55 years on this planet. As a child, my father would take me to Opening Day every year and other games throughout the year, to see the Senators, until ruined by Bob Short. My love of baseball continued even without a team in DC, as I would venture an hour or so north to watch the Orioles, until Peter Angelos ruined that franchise. Joyously, baseball returned to DC in 2005. Life is fun again!

Given the opportunity for a job in baseball (albeit a non-paying, one day job) is a dream of mine and I would relish the opportunity and agree to not hot dog it while in the press box. I would write from a fan’s perspective including the sounds and feelings while in the ballpark. My writing will make use of puns and will be light-hearted, but as Crash Davis said, “you have to respect the game!” So, I will write about things I believe in, such as outlawing Astroturf and the DH, good scotch and the hanging curve. I believe the greatest Broadway play ever was, “Damn Yankees” (gotta love that our Nats grabbed Soriano from the Yankees yesterday). I believe you don’t mess with success and from the moment Teddy won his first President’s Race, I knew our season was done and mostly there is NO crying in baseball. Hopefully, I will be rejoicing with being selected, not crying in my beer. Hey, “Ain’t the Beer Cold?”

Hi. My name is Katie Pohlman and I’m a freshman at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. I live in Silver Spring, Maryland, right outside of Washington, D.C. and love the city itself. But the things I love most about D.C. are its sports teams, especially the Nationals, and their fans. I have been a Nats fan ever since the team’s first game at RFK. My annual birthday present from my dad has been a Nationals game, if they were in town at the time. I know all the players and have rooted for them proudly in good times and bad, but especially during the playoffs, when I was surrounded by Cardinals fans at Mizzou. Covering the Nationals has been my dream ever since I decided to become a journalist.

I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, to do this (as we all would). I’ve been a baseball fan since before baseball was invented!..but you have got to give it to Gary Cantrell, see 16 January 11:04 post. If he could just learn to capitalize his ‘i’s. Good Luck to all and let’s enjoy another season like last!

While this is a stellar idea and I do love the Nationals, I would rather use my entry to nominate Tim McAndrew (@timstobrazil). As the biggest Nats fan I know, this is the kind of opportunity that could change his life. Guilty of armchair coaching and Twitter philosophizing, starting a Nats blog has always been a pipe dream that he never quite realized. This could be that moment. The trigger that moves the compass of a human being’s path through the world. …Or it could just be a really cool tale to be retold countless times over beers at the ballpark. Regardless, please choose him.

Once again, Give it up for Gary Cantrell! Applause sign

Why me? I am a native Virginian who has been living and working in Dallas since 1997. Other than one journey to Nats Park in 2009, where Adam Dunn lifted the Nats over the Orioles with a late home run, I am relegated to visiting Nats Park only in a video game played in the early dawn hours of the weekend while my lovely bride sleeps.

I reside in a myopic north Texas media market. A cesspool overflowing with “Jerry Jones this, Cowboys that, Josh Hamilton (formerly) blah blah blah!!” I proudly drive around town with a Curly W sticker and a Redskins sticker on my back window and until last season I was openly derided by coworkers and the general citizenry because of the futility of Washington sports. But no more! Last October the Nats changed all that. I rushed home from work listening to the game 4 of the NLDS. As I closed to within 2 miles of our apartment Jayson Werth had come to bat in the 9th with the game on the line. With foul tip after foul tip, I thought “Please let me make it home in time!”. But as I rounded the last turn before home…a crack…a roar … and another shot tomorrow! We mattered. This team mattered, my town mattered and I want to be part of it. I want to be in on it, and much like Princess Leia beseeched Obi Wan, “Help me Curly W, you are my only hope!”

We’re Nats fans. We attended about 30 home games last season, including two playoff games. Our Black Friday was spent at the Team Store at Nats Park. Our online shopping primarily consisted of the MLB.com Shop. And, we’re planning on purchasing tickets to two or three Spring Training home games when they go on sale on Saturday.

Our 2-year-old is the biggest Nationals fan. He recognizes the word “Nationals” in the paper. He considers his “Inside Pitch”es his “Nationals Books.” He recognizes many players on the team, including Bryce Harper (his favorite), Stephen Strasburg, and Jayson Werth. He even knows to do the shark when Roger Bernadina’s at bat music plays.

We’ve sat in almost every section of the stadium. We use the stroller check. We’ve even used the First Aid area when Alfonso Soriano’s foul ball hit the pregnant lady holding a toddler in the face. (And, yes, we have the ball. It likes to wear the glasses it almost destroyed.)

So, please pick us (or just me!). We love the Nats, we’d love to blog about them for Curly W Live and sitting in the press box would be awesome. Thank you for your consideration.

The sound of the ‘pop’ from the catcher’s mitt, the smell of the clay- baseball season is right around the corner as pitchers and catchers report in just under a month. With that comes a sense of hope, promise, and a genuine sense of destiny as the Nationals field their best squad since their inception.

I’ve been ‘All In’ from the start in 2005 just as the current Nats are with their ‘World Series or Bust’ maxim. Literally rocking RFK stadium as Wilkerson, Church and Sledge smashed homeruns as well as expectations when the Nationals landed on top of the standings by the All Star break, I was there to cheer on the team and be part of that amazing movement.

I, along with many, was also there during the ‘lean’ years when the Nats finished with the worst record in baseball despite a promising start. But the team, its fans and the city has risen from that despondent state and capped an astonishing season last year with its first playoff appearance.

Building on this success, to have the chance to cover and report on what should be a surreal, unchartered season could only be characterized as a dream come true. Being there through thick and thin, I can’t imagine a more rewarding experience than to be an actual part of this current journey and contribute to the Curly W from the press box. In a Field of Dreams, this would surely be at the top of my list.

I am a big Washington Nationals fan, and am also an aspiring sports writer. I was a college sports editor, and would love nothing more then being able to blog about the 2013 World Series Champions.

I write for the Nationals comedy blog, The Zimmerman(n) Telegram. For the past year we have been covering every story related to the team while attending dozens of games throughout the year. Sadly we lack the insider access to the team that many bloggers have and thus have had trouble expanding our readership.

The opportunity to cover the Nats like a professional writer would be a huge boost to our blog. In addition going through an experience like this would be a huge help in teaching me the ins and outs of covering a baseball team in a more legitimate way.

The amount of dedication that I and my co-writer have put into our blog over the past year is quite a lot. Lots of what we write is for ourselves, because we love the Nationals and want to express our own funny opinions about the team. If given the chance, we would put together a fantastic, hilarious post for your blog.

Despite their relatively short existence, the current Washington Nationals franchise has an incredible history. Following their surprise playoff run in their first season, the team dove into mediocrity and worse with the hope of a brighter future sustaining the (small but faithful) crowds. Now that bright future has arrived, but it is the fans who have been through it all that have the best perspective.

As a partial season ticket holder since 2005, I have seen it all. I sat through all 9 innings of a 14-0 Marlins blowout during a 100+ loss season. I rooted for Preston Wilson (he beat the Phillies!), Jamey Carroll, Nook Logan, and Lastings Milledge (he was misunderstood!). I sat in an entire section of Phillies fans at Nats Park – three times. But I have also watched as John Patterson gave way to Gio Gonzalez, Willy Mo Pena to Jason Werth, and Elijah Dukes to Bryce Harper. My historical perspective is excellent, and my love of the type is borderline worrisome.

In terms of writing, I am a blogger for a soccer website currently, so I am familiar with the style of writing that draws blog hits. I know how to grab an audiences’ interest and spur debate. If you want the right balance of Nats knowledge, interest, and writing style, I would hope you would seriously consider me for this opportunity.

I’m currently a blogger at Citizens of Natstown and would enjoy the opportunity to expand our collective audience by blogging for Curly W Live. Throughout the Nationals’ tenure in DC, I have informally covered them for various blogs and would love the opportunity to sit in the Shirley Povich Media Center, blog about the Nats, and find out what is really so special about the Panera Bread in Viera, FL.

My name is Matt Gilman and by my estimation, I am the second biggest Nats fan in the world, only behind my younger sister Katie, who still does not believe that Ryan Zimmerman is married and off the market. (Ryan, if you read this, I promise Katie is not one of those crazy-stalker types. Katie, if you read this, I’m sorry). My Baseball/Nats Junkie Resume has literally hundreds of bullet points. For example, on my tee ball team, I turned an unassisted triple play while playing right field. In 2008, I organized a road trip to Florida with my buddies to watch the Nats at Spring Training, and I was pumped about getting autographs from never-to-be D.C. sports legends Lastings Milledge and Wil Nieves. In 2010, I was sitting in the Red Porch seats and I caught a T-shirt with a sausage wrapped up inside. Despite having just finished two Hard Times chili dogs, I succumbed to chants of “EAT THAT BRAT!” coming from my section and I finished the frank in three bites. The Nats went on to beat the Phillies 7-5 on a Ryan Zimmerman walk-off homer, and I am still waiting for more than 30,000 “thank yous” from those in attendance that night. I would love the opportunity to bring my unique brand of fandom to Curly W Live. See you guys at the ballpark!

I drive a full loop around Nationals Stadium every day on the way to work. I guess that makes me loopy for the Nats. I’m okay with that because it’s true. I grew up an Orioles fan, started working in DC a few years ago and was tractor-beamed by Natitude in 2010. Our girls first MLB games were Nats Park; at one point last season, they had the 25-man roster written in window marker on our back door. I’m a writer by trade. I have Natitude to share. I know what it feels like. I’m your huckleberry.

I guess I’ll start off by being honest: I recently just tried out to be a part of the NatPack and I failed miserably. It could have been my terrible coordination when it comes to dancing, my lack of speed in running because of a recent knee injury playing softball, or simply my nervous laughter that kept me from being noticed at the auditions. Whatever the case, I am not cut out to be Nationals t-shirt thrower, but that does not mean that I am not cut out to be a Nationals fan! I will forever sport my Natitude wherever I go, including in my fish tank at work. Yes, I said it, my fish tank in my office at work is sporting Natitude, it is true! But this isn’t just about Natitude, this is about me getting to sit in the box and write about my favorite sports team of all time. It’s about an opportunity to enjoy a Nationals game surrounded by fellow enthusiastic fans and learning from their knowledge regarding baseball and Nationals alike. I would be like a kid in a candy store sitting in that press box! I have always pictured myself taking my career further and spending more time writing about things that I love, and this would be a perfect opportunity to do just that. So even though I may not be the best cheerleader, I do have a way of making words jump across a page! Pick me!

Every time I go to a game at the Nats Stadium, I feel like I’m a little kid again. Everything is new: The smells coming from the food vendors. Finding your section, your seat (and maybe the bathroom on the way). The criss-crossed lines in the mowed grass. The groundskeepers as they carefully prep every detail of every place on the field. Watching the players warm up. Checking, again, who’s pitching today. Wondering if you’ll catch a foul ball. Getting swept up in pulling, cheering and yelling for the Nats. Go Nats! I can’t imagine it getting old.

It’d be SOOO cool to sit in a press box (just as Adam Kilgore, Thomas Boswell, Mike Wise, and others, do regularly) and write a blog for you! Because I don’t get paid to write about the Nats and because it’d be so unexpected and special, I could bring a sense of the wonder that is: a Nats game. The whole experience would be one for the books (for my books, that is). One to tell the kids about, and their kids, and their kids… Okay, well, maybe not THAT monumental, but I’d feel like a hero for a day, and it’d be fun to write about. And maybe people who read my blog post would want to go and experience it for themselves!

On June 21, 2011, a group of Nationals super fans (I/Jared, Shaun and MJ) engaged in a typical evening watching the Nationals play. As we sat on the deck—watching the game through the patio door—we began to talk about life and the difficulty of persevering and maintaining a positive outlook regardless of current circumstances. Appropriately for that conversation, the Nationals were losing badly (5-0 in the 5th).

As the conversation continued, I began discussing the need to develop a mantra of positivity and action for my life. That like baseball, life is a process sport—we control what we control to the best of our ability and trust the results will follow.

The 9th inning began with the Nats down 5-1. After a Ryan Zimmerman double play, two men were out with a single runner on base. Things could not have been bleaker. Yet, suddenly, a few hits were strung together; the smallest chance for a comeback emerged. We moved inside to better engage in the game. The Nationals completed the comeback on a Ramos walk-off 3 run HR, as Shaun, MJ and I went nuts, and I screamed about the power of positivity and perseverance. Like the Nationals, life has changed for me for the better since that day.

Yes, we watch baseball because we love baseball. But we also watch baseball, because sometimes it is not about baseball. Sometimes it’s about hope. The hope that until the final out is recorded, anything is possible.

#natitude

The Redbird. I never had anything against the Redbird. Until October 5, 2012. It was Friday and I was crowded into a DC sports bar to watch the first ever NL Wild Card play-in game. Two seasoned playoff teams—the St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves—were going up against each other for a chance to play in the postseason.

I cared bout the play-in game not only because whoever won was going up against my Nationals. But also because I planned to travel to the winning town, St. Louis or Atlanta, to cheer on the Nats in the first two games of the Division Series. The Redbirds won. And the next morning I was en route to St. Louis.

For the next week, I lived by my Natitude. Donning a DC flag and rotating my Harper and Zimmerman jerseys, I weathered two days in a sea of Redbirds at Busch Stadium, doling out high-fives to anyone else wearing Nats swag. I returned to DC to see the Nats even the series after an epic Game 4, bottom-of-the-ninth, 13-pitch at-bat by Jayson Werth, who hammered a homerun over left field toward the U.S. Capitol. And with disbelief, I watched the Redbirds stomp on the hearts of thousands of fans when they robbed us of a win in Game 5.

Redbirds beware. DC has become a baseball town. We’re thirsty for another chance in 2013. And I’d be honored to write about it in the Curly W Live.

I am a lifelong baseball fan. I grew up with The Big Red Machine and have become a Nationals fan since they came back to town. It has always been a dream of mine to be a sports reporter and to this day I regret not pursuing my dream in college. My friends laugh at my constant sports updates on my Facebook page. I am not a sports blogger or have my own website. I am a stay at home mom who loves baseball and it would be a dream come true to be able to share my passion for the sport with other Nats fans. Thank you for your consideration!

When I was 2 1/2, my family moved next door to this nice older couple. The older gentleman was a retired baseball player and a scout. He and his wife treated me like family and infused a love of the game of baseball in my soul. The only problem with this is that I grew up in South Florida in the 1970s and 1980s…we had baseball for one month a year. BUT OH WHAT A MONTH IT WAS! I got to be a do-boy (e.g. ‘Do this boy; Do that boy!) for Dave Winfield. My foot was run-over by Don Mattingly. I played catch with Rickie and had Whitey Ford sign a napkin instead of a baseball (I had no idea who he was at the time). Moving to an area with one baseball team was a dream, getting the Nationals sent me over the moon. I have spent the past nine years instilling that passion for the game with my son.

Why should you pick me? Because when I talk about baseball I talk about it with that child like joy that really should always be part of the game. I actually squee’d when I heard that Soriano had been signed to a two year contract. I squee’d??? I’m a 38 year old father – squeeing does not come with the territory.

I love baseball blogs. They provide great news and commentary and Olbermann’s seminal Baseball Nerd blog provides great history and context. However, rarely do I read something that provides a bit of the history with that child like joy for what is (and will always be) the childs game. Let’s do it up, Natstown.

Hi, we are Tyler and Terry, not a couple, but a couple of die-hard Nats fans who happen to have created/write for http://www.sharkadina.com. Ever since nicknaming Roger Bernadina “The Shark” on August 26, 2010, Sharkadina has been a popular and distinct voice in the Nats fan community. We arguably run the best Washington-Nationals-aquatic–animal-nicknamed-baseball–player-fan-blog (definitely in the top 3) on the internet. We would like to bring that top-3 attitude to you at Curly W Live.

Here are some things you can expect when we cover a game for Curly W Live:
• Original fleece shark hoods (no matter how hot it is outside, or inside the booth).
• Poor attempts at Photoshopped images of baseball players and Sharks.
• Animal nicknames for everyone (players, coaches, you)
• A plethora of obscure baseball facts
• Shameless rooting for our favorite player (THE SHARK)
All this and more, will be provided to you, assuming you let us into the booth.

On our end, sure we would benefit from the exposure, but honestly, we think that nothing would be more beautiful than being in the press box and seeing 40,000 Nats fans on their feet doing the Shark Chomp when Bernadina bats…which is all we really want.

Finally, if it turns out that you will only bring one person into the booth for this, we promise to buy an extra long trench coat, place Terry on Tyler’s shoulders, and go by the name of Tylerry for the entire night.

After moving to the D.C. area two and a half years ago there was a time nothing ever felt like home. Being from Columbus, OH, and just left behind my life in the Air Force moving here felt like moving to a foreign country. It was not until last season when all of that changed. There is something to be said about going to a baseball game which makes the average American feel a little something at home. Maybe it is the freshly cut grass, the smell of the hotdogs, or the feeling of belonging to something greater when in one instant all those strangers around you instantly can become your best friend just by wearing a Curly ‘W’, and cheering side by side with you. Last season there was nothing which could bring about a bigger smile than to hear Charlie Slowes announce “Another Curly ‘W’ is in the Books.” Recently, I began to wonder what it would be like to be a part of an organization with so much to look forward to, an organization that found a way to bring to its fans a sense of pride; win or lose. I am no writer; I am just a fan who wonders if the grass is truly greener on the other side ballpark. The Nationals showed the world they were something special to look out for, something its fans already knew, and to be able to be a part of something special even for one day is monumental. If selected it would be my goal to continue to promote how special the Nationals have become to its fan base, and the surrounding community. Life is about single moments in time, but baseball is timeless.

Hi my name is Ann and I would love the opportunity to be the one to sit and report live from the press box! I’ve only been on the east coast for about 3 years and I’ve been a Nationals fan since. Baseball is my life, I’ve grown up watching it since I was five. I’m working on getting my AA in communications and after I hope to get my Bachelor’s. This would be a great opportunity for me because I want to be a sideline reporter. It’s the only thing I’ve wanted to do.

You know what the toughest part of sharing baseball with my kids is? Explaining those business decisions that impact the relationship between them and a player that they have followed and respected. Take this week’s stealth signing of Rafael Soriano. (Boy, did THAT come out of left field!) I got home from work and my sons, ages 10 and 7, had already heard about it on the radio. They were instantly curious about what it meant for the team: “Is he good?” “We took a player from the Yankees?! YESSSSS!” As we talked more about it, I suggested that it might mean that Tyler Clippard or Drew Storen might be traded away for prospects. We discussed why prospects are important. (We’ve already mourned the impending loss of Morse.) This decision took on added significance because they ACTUALLY GOT TO MEET Drew Storen last summer. It was pretty darn exciting for them and Drew was warm and gracious in talking to my kids. The idea that he might go was hard for them because they shook his hand and talked to him. He is no longer a player down on the field, far from our seats. They think Drew is awesome. So why would I blog? Because it will give me another chance to teach my kids about baseball. I’ll do the Nats proud because I want to do my kids proud. (And I have a Nats vanity plate in Virginia – NATLS FN – since 2005.)

Why do I feel like I’m answering a personal ad, albeit one I probably would answer?!? I saw the Tweeter call for diehard Nat fans to apply to be a guest blogger. I am finally coming off my media embargo following last season’s Game 5 and couldn’t resist opening the link. I guess that’s called healing? As a season ticket holder in section 311 right under the Shirley Povitch sign, I often look up in envy at the press box…mostly because of the air-conditioning and free food (there is free food, right?) but also because of the knowledge, laughter, anguish, and passion I see on the reporters’ faces. It makes me wonder why I gave up on journalism and “sold out” to work in education. To prove my Natitude, this will be my 3rd year going down to beautiful and desolate Viera for spring training; I especially love the World of Beer tiki hut in left field. I’ve convinced 2 different sets of friends to buy season tickets. I wear at least one piece of Nats flair every day. My boss automatically gives me time off for day games. MASNKolko asked Drew Storen one of my questions. Oh, and Michael Morse once DMed me on Twitter. So, will you call me up to the show? My ring back tone is “Take on Me,” of course.

What I think you need is a girls point of view. I am a DC Native and I watch baseball with woman and men. Men talk stats and notice nothing – women talk stats but SO much more. Like …. baseball fashion, baseball traditions, why’d they do that?, did you notice the Shake Shake fries were better last season?, look what Teddy’s wearing …. and ALL while watching a great baseball game. Who thought vest jerseys were ever a good idea? Let’s see what section 204 has to say about tonight’s game – move around – get the vibe of the people who have paid to have their butts in seats. The Nats experience is about being at Nats Park. It’d be interactive, entertaining and most of all NatsY!

I would like to submit this on behalf of my brother. He is 25 and a huge Nationals fan. He has been following the team since 2005. He pays close attention to detail and knows baseball. He deserves this opportunity to broaden his horizons and be able to share his love of sports and Nationals baseball with the world! He’s my personal blogger because I can’t always watch a game, he updates me with every last detail of the game! Please give him this opportunity! Thank you!

I could talk about freezing during a March day to see the first pitch by the Nats at RFK, or how I sweated through each of The Chief’s saves or how Junior Spivey patrolled the outfield. But that is lame. Simply put, I’m not your ordinary blogger and, in fact, I don’t really like the Nats. I’m a Mets fan! My work speaks for itself. http://www.metsinstitches.blogspot.com/2012/06/mets-fall-prey-in-dc.html

My name is Michael and I’m a diehard Nationals fan. I attend dozens of games a year and regularly purchase a flex plan as well as watch every game on MASN. I follow all detailed transactions of the organization from lower minor leagues to big club. I have a passion for writing and the game of baseball itself. I’ve been a fan since the team moved to DC and would love the opportunity to experience the action from a media standpoint and provide my point of view. Although I’ve followed the Nationals for years now last year made a lasting impact on me. Starting with the fast ascension to the top of the division to Jayson Werth’s walk-off homerun I felt like I was a part of this team. I moved to Arlington from Roanoke at the beginning of last season and the Nationals made DC immediately feel like home. I feel like I would have a unique outside perspective of the game and the organization. I have played baseball from the age of 5 through college and have a detailed knowledge of even the smallest details of the game. If given the opportunity I would provide excellent insight on any topics deemed necessary, ranging from my opinion of major storylines down to the most minor aspects of the game. I feel this is a great opportunity to showcase my love for writing and the game of the baseball and if given the chance I would not disappoint.

Hi My name is Donny Samson. I’m a huge NATS fan as is everyone on here I’m sure. My dad purchased season tickets from Day 1. I was there in the 100 loss seasons as well as the amazing play-off games. I have 3 little girls and a 4th on the way. By age 2 all of them could identify a curly W anywhere. They fight over who gets to like Bryce or Ian the most that day. I read all of the Nats writers out there on a daily basis and soak it up with a spoon. It would be an experience I would treasure forever. Thanks for considering me and GO NATS!!

I am applying to join y’all in the press box with my good friend Andrew Littleton. He has just begun a sports blog or his own: andrewplittleton@wordpress.com. Andrew is in the sixth grade and has always loved sports. He has started this blog to keep him engaged in sports as his ability to play them decreases. Andrew has Muscular Dystrophy, so as he gets older, it gets tougher for him to play. The last sport in which he was able to fully participate was baseball, and he’s a huge Bryce Harper fan.In addition, I guarantee that the two of us could write a darn good blog post, because Andrew has an awesome sense of humor.Thanks so much for your time. I am Max Blalock, the United Methodist campus minister at The College of William and Mary.

My name is Andrew. I would love the chance to write for the Curly W blog. While I have not been a Nats fan since Day 1 or am not a native DC resident, I have a deep affection for the team. My greatest joy is seeing a love of Nationals baseball grow with my 2 children. I cannot recite an endless array of stats about the 2005 team, but I think that I can convey the perspective of the everyday fan with some wit and humor. Thanks for the opportunity to let your fans be as close to the team as possible.

I LOVE THE NATIONALS!!! I graduated college with a journalism degree and a lot of experience in sports writing. I’m OBSESSED WITH THE NATIONALS. I hope I get picked but if I don’t, I won’t cry…..THERE IS NO CRYING IN BASEBALL! :)

#Natitude overflows in my home, both the home I own as well as my parents’ home. I’m am an aspiring sideline/dugout reporter, currently tching and coaching volleyball, and writing for aRSN SportsNetwork in WV. I attend several Nats Games each year and am a HUGE FAN. And I love Teddy! I’d be honored to cover the Nats with you! Please choose me!

I nominate Matt, the 8 year old blogger at MattsBats.com and on Twitter @MattsBats. Baseball is a sport that can be enjoyed and appreciated at many levels, but most sincerely through the eyes of a kid. As a home-grown Nats fan, his Natitude runs to the core. He literally grew up watching the Nationals at the Park and on MASN, listening to Charlie and Dave’s broadcasts on the radio, and making yearly trips to Florida for spring training. He’s witnessed and written about some of the team’s most memorable moments, from Werth’s epic Game 4 walkoff, to Gio’s complete game shutout, to Strasburg’s first career home run. Matt has sophistication beyond his 8 years and a love of the game of baseball that shines through. And like the 2012 breakout Nationals, MattsBats is now gaining a real following. IGNITE YOUR MATT-ITUDE!

As a student at the University of Maryland I recently started going to Nationals games. The moment I walked into Nationals Park I fell in love; the atmosphere, the team, even the super long line to get a delicious shack burger, I loved it all. In addition to being a Maryland student, I’m also a student of the game of baseball. I spend countless hours studying it when I should really open my anatomy text book, but that just proves which is more important. I’ve grown up in a family that doesn’t really follow sports so I came to love this game on my own. As a kid I dreamt of sitting in the box doing play by play and I came up with the silliest of home run calls. I remember just about every line that Michael Kay and John Sterling said in All Star Baseball 2000 for Nintendo 64. I know this opportunity wouldn’t provide me with the opportunity to do play by play, but it’s just as incredible to put my baseball analysis on to paper for thousands to read. I should be chosen for my passion for the game. Roy Campanella once said “You gotta be a man to play baseball for a living, but you gotta have a lot of little boy in you, too.” This opportunity would give me chance that I’ve dreamed about as a little boy and despite getting older, I’m still a kid at heart.

The end of the 2012 Nationals season ended in a way no one thought possible. Sitting in the outfield with the team up 6-0, there was no way we weren’t taking the NLDS title. And then the unthinkable happened. I’ll never forget the massive shift of emotions I felt leaving the ballpark after Game 4 and then after Game 5. But I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.

While my memories of the Nationals date back to attending games at RFK, Natitude completely took over my life as the team inched closer to clinching the NL East. Going to games became an obsession (just ask anyone who knows me), something I had to be a part of in person. Before I knew it, I was skipping work for day games and encouraging everyone I knew to hop on board the bandwagon. As Spring Training and Opening Day inch closer, I can’t think of a better way to convey my love for this team than contributing to the blog and letting others experience the passion that is Natitude through my eyes.

Like baseball, blogging is best done as a team sport. So as two best friends, we respectfully submit our joint application to co-blog for Curly W Live. We thought of 527 reasons why you should choose us, but we’ll highlight five:

1. Witty rapport. As best friends, we finish each other’s sentences constantly. Our banter can compete with the likes of any buddy cop movie. Our blog post promises to be like watching the Nats with the coolest kids you know.
2. Ability to incorporate spot-on sports movie references. Angels in the Outfield? Check. Field of Dreams? Please. The Sandlot? You’re killing me, Smalls! We’re even willing to start the Mighty Ducks chant. Because really, who doesn’t love a good Mighty Ducks chant? Quack! Quack! Quack!
3. Journalistic experience. Since getting started on our high school newspaper, we’ve risen through the writing ranks and learned to tell an engaging, exciting story.
4. Ability to sing all of the hitters’ walk up songs. You haven’t lived until you’ve heard us sing “Take on Me” or “In the Air Tonight.”
5. Suspicion that one of us is a lucky charm for the Nats. But we shan’t tell which one because we’re a package deal, baby.

Thanks for your consideration, and go Nats!
Lauren and Kate

Greetings,
My name is Michael Augustine and I’m from Saint Louis, MO. I am not necessarily a Nationals fan per se but more so a baseball fan in general. When I graduated from high school, I attended college for sports journalism. In the wake of 9/11 I elected to put my dream on hold to enlist in the military. I served four years in the United States Air Force and got involved in Information Technology which turned into a career. I’ve been doing IT work for the last nine years while always quietly yearning to branch out into sports journalism (mainly the printed word). Life slowly began to happen and before I knew it I was married then soon blessed with a 19-month old daughter. I never truly lost my ambition to write about sports and have, in the past two years, gotten involved in sports blogging writing for sites such as Bronx Baseball Daily and Know It All Football. I am also a self-taught web designer who has created his own site that links to my baseball blog, From The Cheap Seats. Watching the Nationals rise to prominence this season has inspired me to follow them closer and devote more time to writing about them. I would be a terrific fit for this opportunity because I am not the typical homer fan who can give a truly objective view on the most exciting team in baseball.

There’s before and there is after. Before, I was a casual, social fan of the game—a fan with a list of five favorite teams based on where I’d lived and with whom I consorted. Check the standings every week or so from May to July. Watch a few games from midsummer on through October; maybe get hooked on a playoff run. Feel the pulse-pounds and the bursts of nervous sweat when a braveheart play, a clutch hit, or a sickening swoon makes or breaks a season. Return to “real” life and forget it.
What does it mean to fall in love with a baseball team? For me it started late in 2011, when the Nats seemed to pull together at the end. My breakfast reading got a little sports-heavy and I made a mental note to pay attention earlier in 2012. On April 3 we honored my husband’s Boston roots and sat with Red Sox Nation in Nationals Park at the exhibition game that sealed my fate. Yes, it held clues of the season to come, with a gritty fight back from a 0 – 6 deficit to a 7 – 6 lead. The pain I endured with the final 8 – 7 loss told me that I was smitten with these Nats.
I’ve spent the winter like a squirrel, amassing small projects to do while watching 2013 games. There’s no going back.

My name is Aaron, and my first Nationals hat was threadbare by 2009…Not that I would ever throw it out, despite obtaining a new one. I know the days of $3 walkup tickets at RFK and the days of “swing and a long drive, deep left field!” – they are all part of this team, and the Nationals are a part of who I am. I would love to be present for a chance to see a curly W be put in the books from the press box. While I graduated with a minor in writing composition and will exchange emails about the Nats with any of my friends who haven’t yet told me to stop, my love for this franchise is what would make the experience mean the most to me. I have an immense amount of admiration and appreciation for everything done for the team and fans by Bob & F.P. (and the rest of the MASN crew), Charlie & Dave, and all the hardworking, talented members of the press who cover our team. To watch a game alongside them on game day would be a memory I’d carry for the rest of my life, and one that would only further my appreciation for the Nationals. I couldn’t be more excited for this season, and being given the chance to write a guest post would not be an honor taken lightly. Whoever may win the contest, I hope he or she gets to see a Nationals victory!

I’ve been a Nats fan since they came into Washington, and I was able to see in person the first grand slam in Nationals history. I live in the DC/MD area and I am an aspiring journalist, as I currently write for my school paper and the Montgomery Sentinel as an intern, as well as looking at colleges for next year. I am a devout sports fan in general, and would love the opportunity to write for this blog! Writing and sports are the two best things for me in the world, and I would love to have a chance to write for the Nationals! (Even if it’s just one game!) Thanks and Go Nats!!

Thanks for the opportunity. Nats fanatic. Been rolling with the Nats since they came back to DC in ’05. Great writing and storytelling skills but also looking to Tweet and Facebook a sort of a “fan ombudsman” for the day. Ready to roll up my sleeves for story ideas. Would love to say that I wrote for Curly W for a day in tbe season the Nats won their first WS title. Pick me! #NATITUDE

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Interesting opportunity for those interested (like myself!)

If I am selected I will edit Kilgore’s book on the 2013 Nationals’ Championship season for free.

It would be a great honor to do a blog post from the prospective of the press box. Growing up in the DC area my whole life, I wanted nothing other than a baseball team to follow. I grew up a Red Sox fan, because I love an underdog, and it worked out great that in 2004 the Sox broke the curse and in 2005 the Washington Nationals we reborn. It was a good chapter end and the beginning of my obsession, and I do mean obsession, with the Nats. We were season ticket holders in 2005 in honor of my father who was a diehard baseball fan, coach and all around mentor. He taught me the game, he taught me the history and how to the score book, as well as teaching me the fine intricacies of not only watching but playing the game as well. I went to 80 games that year, and so started the most loyal fandom I have even know. I sat though 2008 and 2009 100 loss seasons, I sat through the elation of game 4 (at home) and the absolute heartbreak of game 5 ( in person). I’ve played the game my whole life, and the pain that I felt after game 5 ( i wasn’t right for a month and didn’t watch the WS) I only felt one other time, in the Little League VA State finals in 1993, where we were 1 inning away from going to the regionals only to blow a 5 run lead, sounds familiar I know. My name is Tim (@timstobrazil) , I am a want a be sports philosopher and soon to be Nats blogger who loves the game, loves the Nats and would love nothing more than to have the opportunity to do a blog for the team I love so much.

yeah…sorry for the typos, didn’t have time to proof read.

I have been a dedicated Nats fan since 2005 and would love this opportunity! I am also a woman and can discuss details more important than stats, such as who is good looking.

So there’s three minutes left to apply, so I’ll be quick. Just had a glass of wine cause I’m off work for the afternoon. I love the Nats, love the players, I stand up on my seat in Nats park cheering until I’m told to sit down. I’m pretty sure I caused Jason Werth to have an error this summer because I was cheering for him from front row in right field. All just because I love baseball and I love the Nats. I’m all in.

Hello Curly W Live! This is Natalie Heinitz reporting from Springfield, Virginia, ready to take action on this hot and most established Washington Nationals blog. I am here to let you know of my absolute passion for the Nationals. After all, I do share part of my name with this potential World Series team, which automatically means I have Natitude soaring through my blood! (I am also a candidate for this season’s NatPack) Yes, I may only be a freshman at Manhattan College in New York, but that does not hinder my writing and journalism capabilities whatsoever. I am a Communications major concentrating in Broadcast Journalism and have been recognized for my writing talent by being appointed News Editor for the college newspaper and through college scholarships and high school awards. But hey, without adequate sports knowledge, talented writing skills can only get you so far in this field! So don’t fret, because I am overflowing with baseball and Nationals knowledge since I follow professional baseball very closely. If you choose me, I can guarantee a humorous, well-rounded and informative article that will attract readers far and wide. Thank you very much! Signing off, this is Natalie Heinitz.

Thanks for giving us all this opportunity. I spent this afternoon trying to get my 8-week old son to take a nap, all the while wondering if there’s any way I could get my entry in on time . Ha! I thought I could actually write something with a crying newborn in my arms! (Funny how they take over your brain too.) Did you know there are baby board books about each MLB team? You know, those books made of thick cardboardy-type material so that babies’ little fingers have a shot at turning the pages, and also because babies like putting stuff like that in their mouths. The Orioles one is pretty good—it has all the lyrics to Orioles Magic and also pictures of Brooks Robinson and Jim Palmer, and, of course, Ripken. The Nats one sucks. It’s generic. I think it’s because the Nats (this newest version of them, post-Expos) are just beginning to establish their identity— or in today’s consumerist vernacular: their “brand.” For starters, today’s discerning Nats fans want their babies to be able to gnaw on pictures of Ryan Zimmerman and, in my case, Wilson Ramos! We want them to grow up singing some Nats-specific theme song (and I’m not talking about the most likely soon-to-be-departed “Take Me On.”). I remember on opening day 2012, I saw all the “Natitude” business and I rolled my eyes. I may have thought it to be a kind of silly catchphrase, but it’s amazing how kind of silly catchphrases start to sound positively poetic when you’re in the playoffs. In fact, this year, when the Phillies fans come for their takeover weekend, I may even have to give one or two of them a Natitude Adjustment. Just kidding. (I already tried that last year, much to my husband’s chagrin.)

From innauguration night at RFK to Playoff Baseball at Nats Park I have been living and breathing Nats Baseball! From the days of Termel Sledge, Brad Wilkerson, and Nick Johnson to now Harper, Strasburg, and Desmond I’ve watched as many Nationals game as I could possibly see. It is a dream of mine to be able to cover one of my hometown teams and I even write on my own blog about them. So even if it’s for one game, give me the chance to live out my dream and cover the best team in baseball! I am a huge statistician, which is why I got coined the nickname “Rainman” by my family. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to state my case and hope you choose me to represent the fan base!

Thanks for giving us all this opportunity. I spent this afternoon trying to get my 8-week old son to take a nap, all the while wondering if there’s any way I could get my entry in on time . Ha! I thought I could actually write something with a crying newborn in my arms! (Funny how they take over your brain too.) Did you know there are baby board books about each MLB team? You know, those books made of thick cardboardy-type material so that babies’ little fingers have a shot at turning the pages, and also because babies like putting stuff like that in their mouths. The Orioles one is pretty good—it has all the lyrics to Orioles Magic and also pictures of Brooks Robinson and Jim Palmer, and, of course, Ripken. The Nats one sucks. It’s generic. I think it’s because the Nats (this newest version of them, post-Expos) are just beginning to establish their identity— or in today’s consumerist vernacular: their “brand.” For starters, today’s discerning Nats fans want their babies to be able to gnaw on pictures of Ryan Zimmerman and, in my case, Wilson Ramos! We want them to grow up singing some Nats-specific theme song (and I’m not talking about the most likely soon-to-be-departed “Take Me On.”). I remember on opening day 2012, I saw all the “Natitude” business and I rolled my eyes. I may have thought it to be a kind of silly catchphrase, but kind of silly catchphrases start to sound positively poetic when you’re in the playoffs In fact, when the Phillies do their takeover weekend this year, I may even try to give one or two of them a Natitude Adjustment. Just kidding. I tried that last year, much to my husband’s chagrin.

Good afternoon, I wanted to write you and state my case in short for the opportunity provided. I have been a Nats fan since day one and lived through the pain and promise along with everyone else. Often times the history of this team is lost , but surfaces in multi coloured Expos hays because they are now fashionable. I lived all of those Expos years….including the lockput season….which felt worse than the 100 loss seasons. I will bring a forgotten perspective to a now mihty hopeful franchise.
Regards, Mke Lacroix- The forgotten Fan

I apologize for the spelling errors…….I was huerying to beat the clock ….it will not happen in the blog.

Ha ha….i meant “hurrying”…..big fingers…small keyboard.

I’m old, only have a few years left…My dog died…I’m saving for grandma’s operation and can’t afford a ticket…I drive a Prius…My leg fell off and I had to sew it back on with used dental floss…I have a wart…My Russian wife of only one day, left me…My tooth is loose…My deodorant failed at church…I have double vision and can’t tell between an out or an error…I’m always holding a bag…I have a fixation with three small dots…That’s my real name…
Otherwise, your audience would be thrilled…trust me !

We’re not Werthy!!

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