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Foundation News -- and some baseball

The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, the charitable arm of your favorite ballclub, had a press conference this morning - amid some intermittent sprinkles - to announce a couple of partnerships with charities, as well as unveil a case full of baseballs out in center field. (We'll get to that.) The idea: Get the club involved with the neighborhood around Nationals Park.

Marla Lerner Tanenbaum, daughter of Ted Lerner, is the chairman of the foundation. She announced that the foundation has agreed to give $40,000 annually for the next three years to the Earth Conservation Corps, a group founded in 1989 that provides hands-on environmental education, job training and community service programs for people of all ages, but with an emphasis on at-risk youth from inner-city neighborhoods of the District."

She also announced that the foundation will give $50,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington's Hopkins Branch - which is the closet Boys & Girls Club to the ballpark, and is the only one in a public housing project. "It was probably the most-deserving and had the most need across the board," Tanenbaum said.

So she went over there, and found out that they needed a director. "That's what we should do. Sometimes you can research and research, but the simplest solutions are right there."

While this is a one-time gift, Tanenbaum said the club and the foundation envision this as a long-term partnership. As for the Earth Conservation Corps, "there's no closer neighbor," she said. They do all kinds of work on the Anacostia River.

They had partnered with them a year ago, just for an event. "I was very impressed," she said.

The involvement in the neighborhood and the region, the Nationals say, is a crucial part of their organization.

"It's like when you build a house, and the neighbors are affected by the disruption and the traffic and the debris, and you feel like you want to pull over and shake their hands," Tanenbaum said. "I think that's in a larger way an extension of what we're doing. We're going to be here for a long time. These are going to be our neighbors. We're going to see them change. We're going to change. I just think it's critically important. Everybody on the team, the family, thought that this was the most crucial initiative."

Mark Lerner, Marla's brother, said that the entire family believes today was a huge day - even if most people don't notice it.

"I think our family feels that being involved in the neighborhood is just as important as putting a good team on the field," Lerner said. "Being involved in the community is huge. It's something my father's done all his life, and he's ingrained in all of his children, all his grandchildren. This is as big as the stadium opening."

The final thing: When you walk in the center field gate, notice the case of baseballs - 342 of them. For different donations -- $250-$999, $1,000-$2,499, $2,500-$4,999 and $5,000 and above - fans/donors can get personalized messages on the balls. The money goes to the foundation and will be used in all these projects.

Baseball:

Manny Acta said Chad Cordero will probably be eased into the closer's role when he comes back, probably with one outing in a non-save situation. He needed only seven pitches to get through his one inning last night in Potomac. Said he got a strikeout on a changeup of the first guy, then a pop-up and a fly ball. "Felt great," he said.

It's on-again, off-again rain here at Nationals Park, and the tarp's still on. But no one's talking about a postponement. Here are your lineups:

Atlanta:
Johnson - 4
Escobar - 6
Jones - 5
Teixeira - 3
Francoeur - 9
McCann - 2
Diaz - 7
Kotsay - 8
Smoltz - 1

Washington:
Guzman - 6
Milledge - 8
Zimmerman - 5
Johnson - 3
Kearns - 9
Lo Duca - 2
Lopez - 4
Harris - 7
Lannan - 1

By Barry Svrluga  |  April 12, 2008; 12:31 PM ET
 
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Comments

Maybe a little "it's only a game" reality check will bring the tone back to earth. We can but hope.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

from the looks of the radar, the region, esp. south, will get more rain, but DC itself should have seen the last of all but the odd drizzle. Play Ball!

Posted by: MIB | April 12, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

from the looks of the radar, the region, esp. south, will get more rain, but DC itself should have seen the last of all but the odd drizzle. Play Ball!

Posted by: MIB | April 12, 2008 12:38 PM

******************************************

The excuse-seed for attendance at today's Nats game has OFFICIALLY been planted.

Posted by: O's Exec | April 12, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Per Charlie and Dave, a half-hour rain delay.

Posted by: natsfan1a | April 12, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm really enjoying the Deadliest Catch marathon on Discovery, but what's the word on the rain delay?

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 12, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Per Charlie and Dave - they're no moving the tarp off anytime soon, so there's probably another cell in the area. Maybe 2:15ish...

Posted by: WWWT | April 12, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

*they're not moving

Posted by: typo | April 12, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

See Section 506 we do have similarities. I too am enjoying the Deadliest Catch marathon. Pity that one boat sinking and taking most of it's crew down with it though.

Posted by: O's Exec | April 12, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Sun just came out for a minute and everyone cheered. Moments later it resumed raining. The PA announcer says only that they are monitoring the situation. And now, Clint on the big screen.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | April 12, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

2:35 per Charlie and Dave...

Posted by: WWWT | April 12, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey Angelos suck-up, the DBacks got red uniforms last year, two years after the Nats. They started out as purple. Remember a little thing called the World Series that they won? Strain your Natty Bo-pickled brain. They were clad in purple. Just like you're clad in lame.

Not that I don't think the DBacks should be able to have any kind of uniform that they want to.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, the Big Valley episode was on earlier this morning.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 12, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Not so terrible things about a rain delay at Nationals Park:

They showed This Week in Baseball on the megatron. Then, after the brief Clinterlude I mentioned above, they showed a decent video of the history of baseball in Washington. (Update: first pitch at 2:35.)

Posted by: Bob L. Head | April 12, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, the Big Valley episode was on earlier this morning.

Posted by: Section 506 (Before moving) | April 12, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Not so terrible things about a rain delay at Nationals Park:

They showed This Week in Baseball on the megatron. Then, after the brief Clinterlude I mentioned above, they showed a decent video of the history of baseball in Washington.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | April 12, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Dave mentioned a closet Boys and Girls Club. Assume he meant closest. Or maybe not.

Posted by: Corolla | April 12, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

went to the game last night, horrible game, amazing stadium, entertainment and food wise its better then camden yards, the bar in centerfield is awesome, we watched the nats and the caps from there, really good experience

Posted by: grizlies98 | April 12, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Thank God Charlie and Dave are finished taking phone calls. They were f'ing BRUTAL!!!!

Posted by: MKevin | April 12, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Uh-oh. Johnson almost hit one out. A near IBB to Chipper. Teixeira lines to Kearns who tries a shoelace but drops it, scoring Johnson. Then Francoeur homers. 4-0 Braves. One out. Yikes.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | April 12, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

So when it rains, it pours. That HR hurts.

Posted by: Weather Guy | April 12, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Ummm, shall we revisit that Chico vs. Lannan debate?

Good crowd today except in those empty sections in right center. Right under the "Nats Fans" banner. Hmmmmn.

A single followed by a walk. And a DP saves the day for the moment.

At least it's warm.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | April 12, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

thank you, god

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

"I think our family feels that being involved in the neighborhood is just as important as putting a good team on the field," Lerner said.

This is why your ballpark is empty you cheap bstard.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 12, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

maybe last season was the season we were supposed to have this year, only it got delivered a year early. and then this one is last year's forecast disaster, all the worse for being delivered late and stale and skanky.

hmmm.

no, i think instead i'll keep believing we are going to right ourselves all the way to .500. just not, apparently, today. though i do confidently predict we will score some runs and make it more competitive.

oh, saw someone mentioning natty boh, the beer. just for the record, no relation. i'm a leatherstocking by trade, not a brew...

Posted by: natty bumppo | April 12, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Nick just made save at first that Meat would have fanned on.

Posted by: Bob L. Head | April 12, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Another loss brewing here? 6 down already? I am switching to the fox game of the week.

Posted by: Nats Fan in KC | April 12, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Who is signing the balls? Does it vary by price?

Posted by: Ross | April 12, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

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