Got an e-mail from the Nationals today, which I thought I might pass along in case any of our readers were interested in this sort of thing.
Apparently, the Nationals are looking for new racing presidents. No, they're not adding JFK or John Tyler to the between-innings entertainment, but they are looking for new people to occupy the George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abe Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt costumes for the 2011 season.
Here are the eligibility requirements for this contest, per the Nationals:
-Must be between 5'7" and 6'6" tall.
-Must be able to run the path of the Presidents' Race (around the warning track from center field to the first-base dugout, a distance of 200 yards) in 40 seconds.
-Must be able to wear the Presidential costumes, which weigh approximately 45 pounds, for several hours at a time (that'll be a blast in July and August).
-Must be available for at least 35 Nationals home games (schedule's here, if you need to double-check).
Got all that? If you still feel like applying, submit a cover letter, resume, and photo (a headshot, I would imagine) to Entertainment@nationals.com by Friday, February 11.
"Once these materials are received," the e-mail tells me, "applicants will be contacted and required to answer six mascot-related questions."
If you manage to get past all that, you'll be invited to Nationals Park on Saturday, February 19, where you'll be interviewed by the Nats' game operations panel, required to do a freestyle dance (no, I'm not joking, I'm just reading the e-mail), do a 40-yard dash, and run two Presidents' Races.
And if that wasn't enough to convince you to give this a go, here's footage of last year's snowbound auditions, via Let Teddy Win!
Looks like fun to me.