While the rest of us were enjoying the long weekend, 57 people engaged in a tough physical fitness challenge with the hope of becoming the next presidential mascot for the Washington Nationals.

“It’s like having a big hiking book bag on your back with a few cases of beer sitting on your shoulders,” one contestant from Bethesda told Let Teddy Win.

Meanwhile, it looks as if the Nats are serious about 2012: Almost all of the 54 players in major league camp have reported to spring training early, according to Adam Kilgore.

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