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Posted at 4:30 PM ET, 12/13/2010

Drew Storen takes on the red carpet

By Adam Kilgore

Drew Storen had planned on spending Monday night with his parents in Indianapolis, back home after spending a semester this fall at Stanford. But he was about as far away from Indianapolis, speaking metaphorically, as you can get. Storen, the Nationals reliever, was walking around Manhattan Beach, finding a place to get his haircut in preparation for walking down the red carpet at a Hollywood premier.

"I got a little bit of a college shag going on," Storen said. "I got to clean it up."

Having already grinded out a semester at Stanford, Storen will continue the incredible first offseason of his major league career tonight by walking the red carpet at "How Do You Know," the romantic comedy that stars Owen Wilson as a Nationals relief pitcher who's dating Reese Witherspoon.

Sometime last week, as Storen finished exams, his agent, Brodie Van Wagenen, sent him a text message: How would like to attend to the premier? "I said, 'Oh yeah, definitely,' " Storen said. "I've never been around that stuff. I think that stuff is really cool. I'd love to."

Wagonen, who also represents John Lannan and Ryan Zimmerman, works under the wide-reaching umbrella of CAA, which doubles as one of Hollywood's biggest agencies; Witherspoon is also a CAA client. "We at CAA felt like it was a great opportunity to collaborate between our entertainment division and sports division," Van Wagenen said.

So that's how Storen ended up in Los Angeles on Monday, and not Indianapolis. He has no idea what expect. He grew up attending the Indy 500 every year with his father, a sports-talk radio host in Indianapolis. Sometimes, he would see movie stars riding around the oval. That's the closest he's ever been to a movie star.

"I'm trying to tell myself I don't need to be nervous," Storen said. "I'm just more fired up. 'Oh, that's really what they look like? That's awesome.' "

Storen seemed a little unclear on how, exactly, the whole night will work. He's going to some kind of VIP event afterward. Before the movie, he's going to meet a friend from CAA, and apparently he's going to go down the red carpet. I brought up the possibility of him appearing in an US Weekly-type tabloid. "Yeah, or just get in a background shot," Storen said. "I'd be fired up about that. That would be pretty awesome."

The movie itself interests Storen because of the baseball content. He heard the footage shot at Nationals Park includes a game pitched by John Lannan, and he wants to see if he can spot him. Storen also plans to grade the nuances of the baseball scenes.

"I'm going to laugh," he said. "When I watch these baseball movies, I'm very critical. If something is a little off, it's like, 'That's not right. That undershirt is not something we wear.' "

Witherspoon's role also holds some special appeal for Storen. She, incidentally, also attended Stanford. And in this movie she's dating a Nationals relief pitcher, and how often do gorgeous actresses date Nationals relievers?

"Exactly," Storen said. "I think that's probably the realistic next step, that this movie is going to open that up for us."

By Adam Kilgore  | December 13, 2010; 4:30 PM ET
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Should be quite the interesting experience. Hope that Drew will report back on it. I'd shoot for a TMZ item rather than US Weekly, though. Eh, maybe not. :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | December 13, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

297 losses in the last three years - Stop, Pants, stop!

Posted by: flynnie321 | December 13, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

If I were a pitcher I'd happily pitch on 100 loss teams for my career if it got me near Reese Witherspoon.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | December 13, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I enjoyed your article and had an opportunity to attend the Premier as a guest of Sony.

As this isn't projected as a blockbuster, do you think Reese Witherspoon will even show up? I know they said Owen Wilson would be attending.

Hmmmm, maybe I should have gone too!

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | December 13, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

SCNats, how about Seattle? Might get to see Courtney Love...

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | December 13, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

I work in a hospital, I see all the Courtney Love-a-likes I need to see!

Posted by: SCNatsFan | December 13, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

So are they going after Owen Wilson now?Is Tab Hunter available?

Posted by: seanmg | December 13, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Storen trying to hook himself and other relievers up with starlets? What a dog ... go boy go!!!

Posted by: periculum | December 14, 2010 3:24 AM | Report abuse

297+ Pants = boooooring ... whatever dude? Next topic puleeese?

Posted by: periculum | December 14, 2010 3:26 AM | Report abuse

"Having already grinded out a semester "

How about 'ground out'?

Posted by: JohnMD1022 | December 14, 2010 6:13 AM | Report abuse

How about "Hollywood premiere"? SpellCheck is not your friend. But this was at least a cheerful story after the news about Cliff Lee and the Phillies!

Posted by: Cantab47 | December 14, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

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