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Avoid the Post Office at Connecticut and L!!!!

As the title says, Avoid the Post Office at Connecticut and L!!!! I guess it's still open, but you'll have to wade through velvet ropes and TV cameras and multiple bloggers and complimentary cookies and bottles of water and possibly Jim Bowden, who just peaked his head out of an office here in the basement of the Washington Square and then went back inside with the other Men in Suits.

"What's going on here?" asked the older gentleman who just came down the escalator, where I've set up shop.

"The Nationals are naming a new manager," I said.

"Oh, I see," he said. "And they're doing it here? Huh."

Yeah, huh. But hey, it's Manny Acta Day in downtown Washington, and we're pulling out all the stops. Microphones are being microphone-checked. Employees are papering the wall with Official Nationals Backdrops, although right now they're busting out a tape measure and looking confused, possibly because of some pesky double glass doors with a large handle that's in their way, doors that are hiding a fitness club that is currently hosting people on treadmills.

But there are some clear benefits to holding your baseball press conference in the downstairs lobby-slash-food-court of a downtown office building. We're next to a post office, so stamps are in plentiful supply. Any new MLB manager who happens to wander by would be able to mail all the packages he'd like. The Metro is directly outside, in case things go badly. There's a Cingular store right up the escalator. To the direct right is Norbert Hair Designers, in case any new manager would want to make the right impression. On the other side of the lobby is the Atrium Cafe, in case he'd like some takeout food before his big moment. And, as hinted at above, directly behind the Official Nationals Backdrops is the Train Like a Pro fitness club. I just met a spinning instructor from the club, Corey Butts. (Really.) So if Mr. Acta would like to tone his legs before the big moment or work off that takeout food, that won't be a problem either. Oh, and don't forget the Cobbler's Bench.

There are also some small tables where late lunchers are quietly eating. Someone's peeling an orange, someone else is having what looks like a corned beef sandwich. There were six people eating when I got here; I asked if any of them knew what was going on. None did, although some were close to figuring it out.

"I think they're about to have a press conference for the Nationals, I think that's pretty obvious," one woman said. "Hopefully I'll be gone by then."

(The other answers included "I just came down here to eat," "I don't know also," "No, I don't know," and "I just guess some kind of baseball stuff.")

All in all, I personally can't think of a better way to welcome a new skipper to the District.

("Is this a basketball team?" asked Jennifer Cadieux, who just came down the escalator.

"Baseball, you get two demerits," said WTOP's Craig Heist.

"I'm from Connecticut, we don't have a baseball team," Jennifer said. "But baseball season's over, why would this be important?"

Then she called her husband, asked him who the Nationals were, and told him she was about to be quoted in a blog.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 14, 2006; 3:21 PM ET
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Corey Butts?no way! he worx at a gym?ha!

What local team is up next? The Wizards naming a new ball kid this week?

Posted by: WGDC- | November 15, 2006 1:32 AM | Report abuse

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