“Nationals at 10: Baseball Makes News”

In conjunction with the new exhibit “Nationals at 10: Baseball Makes News,” the Newseum hosted a special members-only event Aug. 24, 2015, featuring a panel discussion with Washington Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner and general manager and president Mike Rizzo, Washington Post columnist Thomas Boswell and Nationals radio play-by-play announcer Charlie Slowes.

Newseum members arrived in Nats hats and jerseys, eager for the chance to hear from and ask questions of two of the team’s top representatives and two media members well versed in Nationals history. Slowes has been the voice of the Nats on the radio since the team arrived in 2005, while Boswell, a 45-year veteran at the Post and a D.C. native, remembers well the last Washington baseball team before the Nationals arrived (the Senators, who left town in 1971).

The panel entertained questions from the audience and fans following along on Twitter on topics as diverse as the team’s community engagement efforts through its Youth Academy, whether the designated hitter should come to the National League (all four said no) and how the rise of social media has impacted team operations and the players’ lives. One 11-year-old fan even told Rizzo he wanted Rizzo’s job in 30 years, then asked how the team plans to go after free agents in the offseason.

Created in partnership with the Washington Nationals, “Nationals at 10: Baseball Makes News” spotlights 10 memorable media moments from the Nationals’ first decade in the nation’s capital. The exclusive exhibit will be on display until Nov. 29, 2015.

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