You’ve seen Dan Kolko on the Nationals’ field, though not as a player. For the past five years, Kolko has been covering the Nats as the on-field reporter for regional network MASN, handling interviews as well as occasionally dodging Gatorade (or, as in 2014’s locker room celebration after the Nationals clinched the NL East, beer). Starting with the season opener Thursday, Kolko is moving into the studio for his new job: hosting the pre- and post-game shows. Covering the hometown team comes naturally for Kolko, 33, who grew up in Silver Spring and now lives a short walk from the stadium in Navy Yard. Before he ventures out on his D.C. dream day, Kolko would like to work out one small detail. “When is The Washington Post going to pay for me to do all these things?” he says. “I think that’s a reasonable request.”
In D.C. Dream Day, we ask our favorite people in the area to tell us how they would spend a perfect day in the District. See previous dream days from Mayor Muriel Bowser, BYT’s Svetlana Legetic, D.C. United’s Steve Birnbaum and more.
I really enjoy sleep, especially during baseball season when our nights can be long. Once I eventually roll out of bed, I’ll make my way to Philz Coffee. They’ve got a nice little patio area and there are seemingly billions of dogs on their morning walks with their owners. So I’ll just grab a coffee and sit outside and pet all the pups that are walking by.
Then I’ll make my way over to the water area and do some kayaking on the Potomac. I love being out on the water in general and doing something active with friends.
I love tacos, and my favorite taco place is Taqueria Habanero. So I’ll make my way there, maybe have an afternoon beer or margarita. My friends always make fun of me for how many tacos I can eat at a time. I’m a carne asada guy, but whatever Taqueria Habanero has on the menu that day I’ll pick a whole bunch and then just attack.
Obviously, I work in sports, but in terms of things I enjoy in life, sports are a big part of everything. I talk about sports with my friends, I watch sports in my free time, I play sports when I can. So maybe there’s an afternoon Nats game at Nationals Park that I won’t have to work, so I can just hang out and enjoy the game.
Then maybe I’d make my way to Pearl Dive Oyster Palace. They’ve got a little patio area, and I’d maybe have some oysters and a happy hour drink and just enjoy the weather.
I try to try new restaurants all the time, but one of my favorites — if not my absolute favorite — is RPM Italian. It’s a really good vibe in there. Every time I look at that menu, I seriously struggle because I could eat everything on it. And usually want to.
In 2017, Dave Chappelle, who’s my favorite comedian, did a show at the Warner Theatre that I saw and it was just fantastic. So maybe Dave has some new material he wants to test out, or he’s got a new set that he’s going around touring on. Another Dave Chappelle show would be a lot of fun.
To wrap up the night, I really like POV at the W hotel. The room is so nice; you can see out over the entire city. I’d wrap the active and somewhat alcohol- and food-fueled day with a drink or two. I have in the last couple of years become a big bourbon guy, so I’ll typically just get a bourbon over a couple ice cubes and sip on that for a little bit.