This is old news, but probably new to a huge number of people who will head to Nats Park on Friday for the team’s home opener. The franchise has a new in-game host this season. His name is Mike, and as seen below, he’s a huge D.C. sports fan.
Here’s a bio provided by the team:
Mike Ploger joins the Nationals as the in-game host for the 2014 season. Mike grew up in Woodbridge, Va. and has been a Nationals fan since the team arrived in 2005. He graduated from West Virginia University with a broadcast news degree. While attending WVU, he was the sports anchor for WVU News and also worked directly with ESPNU, producing content for Campus Connection. Mike is excited to get started in his new position and looks forward to meeting and interacting with the fans at Nationals Park.
The position, of course, was made most famous by Clint Khoury, who served as the team’s primary in-game host for six seasons before taking a step back last year because of work obligations. And so the role was filled by Lindsey Covert last season. Unlike his predecessors, Ploger is from this area, and seems to be a pretty avid fan of its teams, which can’t hurt.
This is that moment when you’re angry you’re sitting on the couch at home and not witnessing history…#Redskins— Michael Ploger (@Ploger) September 9, 2013
World Series game six? Nah, the #Wizards are opening up the season tonight.— Michael Ploger (@Ploger) October 30, 2013
London Fletcher is retiring ):— Michael Ploger (@Ploger) December 18, 2013
I miss Danny Smith.— Michael Ploger (@Ploger) September 22, 2013
Hello Trevor Ariza!! 3/4 court…FLUID! #Wizards— Michael Ploger (@Ploger) February 20, 2014
Blevins seals the deal and the Nats get their first curly W of the year! What a way to start. Second game coming Wednesday!— Michael Ploger (@Ploger) March 31, 2014
Oy Stammen! Nats allow just three hits tonight and move on to 2-0. Aw yeah— Michael Ploger (@Ploger) April 3, 2014