WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 09: Baseballs signed by Washington Nationals Third Baseman Ryan Zimmerman at "A Night At The Park" to benefit the ziMS Foundation hosted by Ryan Zimmerman at Nationals Park on August 9, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for ziMS Foundation)
This Sunday, the Nationals are having auditions to add to their stable of ball girls for the 2011 season.
The position of ball girl is not an easy one. You have to be perky and cheery, yet be able to field a ball coming at you. All done while wearing a bulky helmet and getting heckled by fans.
If you’re so inclined to spend your summer chasing down errant balls, here are a few tips from Nationals Entertainment Coordinator Tom Davis, with further explanation from yours truly.
If you get the job, your glove will be your best friend. Make sure it’s worn in and flexible.
Incidentally, they also tell this to Jayson Werth before each game.
When Nyjer Morgan tells you his pants are nicknamed “foul territory,” run.
Extra points if you can say Wang without giggling.
Fans over 18 years old who are interested in becoming Nationals ball girls can send a recent headshot, cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday. Finalists will then be contacted and invited to try out at Nationals Park on Sunday.
Good luck, ladies.