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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.