100 young ballers spend day with Nats

One-hundred young baseball plays spent the day at Nationals Park with several of the team's players as part of the 2015 National PLAY Campaign to encourage healthy, active lifestyles. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
One-hundred young baseball players spent the day at Nationals Park with several Nats teammates as part of the 2015 National PLAY Campaign to encourage healthy, active lifestyles. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
Some of the 100 young baseball players who sent the day with members of the Nationals ask questions of teammates at Nationals Park. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
Some of the 100 young baseball players who sent the day with members of the Nationals ask questions of teammates at Nationals Park Wednesday, August 5, 2015. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
Washington Nationals outfield Reed Johnson talks with some of the young baseball players who spent the day with the team Wednesday through the 2015 National PLAY Campaign, which encourages healthy, active lifestyles. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
Washington Nationals outfielder Reed Johnson talks with some of the young baseball players who spent the day with the team Wednesday through the 2015 National PLAY Campaign, which encourages healthy, active lifestyles. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
The young baseball players ran through drills and got one-on-one tips from the pros. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
The young players ran through drills and got one-on-one tips from the pros. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
The young baseball players ran through drills and got one-on-one tips from the pros. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
The young baseball players ran through drills and got one-on-one tips from the pros. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
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One-hundred young baseball plays spent the day at Nationals Park with several of the team's players as part of the 2015 National PLAY Campaign to encourage healthy, active lifestyles. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
Some of the 100 young baseball players who sent the day with members of the Nationals ask questions of teammates at Nationals Park. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
Washington Nationals outfield Reed Johnson talks with some of the young baseball players who spent the day with the team Wednesday through the 2015 National PLAY Campaign, which encourages healthy, active lifestyles. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
The young baseball players ran through drills and got one-on-one tips from the pros. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)
The young baseball players ran through drills and got one-on-one tips from the pros. (WTOP/Andrew Mollenbeck)

WASHINGTON — Any kid who’s ever stepped between the white lines dreams of one day playing in a Big League ballpark.

For about 100 young players, that wish came true, albeit without any lucrative contracts, Wednesday.

The 2015 National PLAY Campaign stopped by Nationals Park to promote healthy, active lifestyles.

The lucky young players stretched, ran drills and listened to advice from the pros.

“It’s all about staying active,” says Nationals pitcher Joe Ross. “Have fun, play sports, don’t stay inside watching too many movies, TV shows or playing video games.”

Three members of the Nationals held court with the young ballplayers in the dugout, offering tips on healthy lifestyles and fielding questions like “Where do you keep the chocolate sauce?!”

The Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society puts on the traveling campaign, which visits all 30 Major League ballparks.

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