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Sean Doolittle wants to have a say in who drives the Nats bullpen cart

Sean Doolittle wants to have a say in who drives the Nats bullpen cart

Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle was the first to use the Nats’ bullpen cart when it debuted last year and has a lot to say about its return this season.

NBC Sports Washington’s Todd Dybas asked Doolittle if he had any involvement with the Nationals’ job posting for a bullpen cart driver.

"I want to be a part of it. If they are going to be driving me and my friends around I would like to maybe at least have some input," Doolittle said.

"When you call for a Lyft or Uber, you at least get a rating. Maybe we can do some test drives," the reliever suggested.

Doolittle advised applicants that "there are some curves, [the drive] it’s not exactly a straight shot… they have to time it up with intro songs, there’s a lot that goes in to it."

Something that could be harder than you think, according to Doolittle: "Stopping, because you’re going to have guys running out to play defense, and you got to watch out for them."

Doolittle automatically disqualified those who "have ever been kicked out of a golf course for driving across the fairway," but said the cart "only goes so fast," so speeding shouldn’t be an issue.

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On this date: The Nationals played their first game ever

On this date: The Nationals played their first game ever

It seems like eons ago that the Washington Nationals played in their first game after departing from Montreal.

Saturday marks the 15th anniversary of their inaugural game as they brought professional baseball back to the District of Columbia.

The Nationals opened up the 2005 season on the road at Citizens Bank Park with a matchup against their future rival in the Phillies.

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The game didn't go as planned for Nats manager Frank Robinson, with his squad dropping the first game of their 162-game slate with a defeat, but it was a return to normalcy for baseball fans in the nation's capital who had longed for a team to root for since the Senators left town 34 years prior.

The Phillies beat the Nats 8-4 on Opening Day, but for fans in the District, there was now a team to cheer on when they returned home a few days later for the home opener at RFK Stadium.

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Nats GM Mike Rizzo displays Commissioner's Trophy in neighborhood during quarantine

Nats GM Mike Rizzo displays Commissioner's Trophy in neighborhood during quarantine

Now this is the type of content we love to see. 

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo found a pretty cool yet responsible way to bring some cheer to his neighborhood in the midst of social distancing on Thursday. 

On the day that should have been the Nats’ 2020 home opener Washington’s GM Mike Rizzo displayed the World Series trophy in the window of his home in Navy Yard.

According to The Washington Post’s reporter Barry Svrluga, Rizzo’s gesture was “in honor of Opening Day!” 

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Of course, fans loved this idea. I mean who wouldn’t? 

Fans passing by even stopped to take a picture with the trophy. 

Although we were all thrilled to return to Nationals Park to celebrate the defending World Champions, Rizzo’s trophy display was a way to spread some joy until we can reunite again. 

On a recent conference call Rizzo told reporters, “This is going to be a very, very special Opening Day for us when it happens, so we still have that to look forward to... On the brighter side, the glass half full view is that we’re the reigning world champions and we still are clutching hard to that trophy. We’ve got ourselves a banner-raising ceremony coming, we’ve got ourselves some beautiful rings that we’re going to be able to wear around D.C. in the very near future, so although we’re thinking daily and hourly about the humanity of what’s going on right now, we also have that to look forward to when we get through this thing and we come out the other side and baseball begins again.”

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