by Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – As the Nationals prepare to host the San Diego Padres, another baseball enthusiast, 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen, is preparing for whatever reaction may come from him throwing out the ceremonial first pitch on Thursday.

Paulsen won the bid to take the mound first at Nats Park Thursday night – for “106.7 The Fan Night” (for which you can still purchase tickets at a reduced rate), in a grueling nearly week-long challenge measuring his physical skills and baseball knowledge against his co-host, Danny Rouhier.

To wish him luck, and perhaps plant the seed of doubt in his mind before what could be his crowning achievement, even over appearing on Letterman, hosting a national satellite radio show on Sirius XM, and hosting a terrestrial radio show in his hometown of Washington, D.C. (all before the age of 26), Grant received some words of encouragement from a heavy list of prominent figures within the D.C. sports landscape.

That list includes members of the Redskins organization: Niles Paul, Kory Lichtensteiger, Nick Sundberg, Larry Hess (athletic trainer), Sean McVay (offensive coordinator) and headlined by Robert Griffin III, as well as Nationals play-by-play announcers Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler, F.P. Santangelo, and Mike Wise (Washington Post), Rob Carlin (CSN Washington ), Scott Smith (Fox 5 – WTTG) and Rich Campbell (Chicago Tribune, formerly of the Washington Times).

The correlating tone shared between all their messages?

Good luck, break a leg, and don’t choke.

I’m sure he won’t choke.

Fortunately for him, Nationals Park can only hold roughly 42,000 people, and the Nats didn’t send out a tweet reminding everyone to take their seats early.

There definitely won’t be any boos.

Listen to those words of wisdom below.


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