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Mike Rizzo, Nationals’ President, Talks About the Season

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by Amanda Davis

I picked up my phone Tuesday afternoon. I read the text. I couldn’t believe what my eyes were seeing. Me. I won a dinner with Mike Rizzo.

For those who don’t follow the Washington Nationals, Mike Rizzo is the president of the ball club. His main job is making final decisions for the General Manager and scouting players for the team. He’s the boss.

Thursday night came; I walked into the Lexus Presidents’ Club. I stared in amazement. I instantly got goose bumps. I never thought I’d be walking into one of the most important locations at Nationals Park. It was gorgeous inside! Our waitress took us to our table. The reserved sign said “Rizzo.”  I was in heaven. Nationals Park is one of my favorite places to be. The atmosphere is so friendly and laid-back. If I could live there I would.

We sat down with our food. The food was so yummy. Delicious in fact. Moments later, there he was, Mike Rizzo. We all stood up and shook hands with the Nationals President.

“It’s so nice to meet you,” I said. “Thank you so much for having us!” I was extremely nervous. To be honest, I was shaking. We all sat down.

“So, I have a question for you,” One of the other winners said, “Have you been looking for a new manager?” I gazed at Rizzo. I was very interested in this topic. I love having Davey Johnson as the manager and since this is his last year, I was intrigued to hear his response.

“Ha, I knew this was going to come up,” Rizzo said. “Well, I’ve been looking around at different managers. I want to make sure I pick the best, you know? I’ve been doing tests on them to make sure they’d fit this ball club.”

I thought it was so exciting. I felt so important hearing this information directly from Rizzo himself!

“How’s Strasburg?” the other winner asked.

“He’s fine; he’s looking to get his start on Saturday,” Rizzo said.

I learned so much about my ball club and meeting Mike Rizzo was such an amazing experience. September 19th, 2013 is definitely a day I would never forget. I’m looking forward to the 2014 season!