Bog Adrift in SE
It seems our D.C. professional sports teams have decided to coordinate their bloggable activities today. A Caron Butler coat drive event at Moten Elementary was scheduled to end just a few minutes before and a few blocks away from a Nats Caravan stop at the new stadium site.
(Note to reader Michael: the RZA, which has to be Zimmerman's nickname, is with the group today, and the Nats Store appearance is at the Farragut Square location. Although that can't possibly compete with tonight's cook-off, featuring Nook, the RZA and Screech.)
Anyhow, this was my second trip to a Southeast elementary school in recent weeks; I'd like to see the Nats' young Kimball friends play baseball against Caron's Moten Elementary friends, who would be playing basketball.
The event was supposed to start at 1:15, but they apparently started early, and when I got there at 1:30 it was almost over. Caron was basically just hugging a lot of kids, to whom he had given coats and winter hats and autographed photos and and tickets to tomorrow's home game against the Pistons. Here are the interesting things to note:
1) Mascot G-Wiz was there.
2) Moten's nickname is the Roadrunners
3) The security guard asked me why Caron hadn't brought James Lang with him. It was a question I had wondered myself. The security guard, Shantell, turned out to be a FOJL (friend of James Lang). I asked for funny James Lang stories (FJLS). She declined. Said she would need his authorization. But she hinted at a treasure trove hidden underneath James Lang's silent exterior (TTHUJLSE); "next time you come, I might have something for you good," she said. Can't wait to see James Lang tomorrow (SJLT).
4) After the photo op, the crowd basically split up. The older kids clustered around Caron, asking basketball questions, while the younger kids and the sports bloggers clustered around G-Wiz. The kids asked G-Wiz if he played basketball, and he danced, and they hugged him and kissed him and attempted to hit him. I took photos.
5) When I asked 11-year old Tayaun Satterwhite for his favorite Wiz player, he said Caron without hesitation. Fearing this was a case of suggestive thinking, I asked why.
"Because I think he's very mature," Tayaun said. "I think he's a good player and I admire him. He would be someone to look up to."
6) Now I'm at a construction site nearby, trying to find the Nats, who are supposed to be saying hello to the construction workers who are building their new home. I'm counting on Ty Pennington showing up and telling the Nats that not only will they get a new home, but it will be outfitted with plasma-screen TV's and actual MLB starting pitchers, at which point the RZA will get all fainty and weepy. This construction site appears fairly large, so there's probably a 40 percent chance that I'll just wander around for a bit and never find the Nats.
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