What is Nationals 101?: Nationals 101 is a podcast, and now web site, authored by Frank and Susan Lattuca that deals with Baseball and the Washington Nationals from a novice perspective. When we started in 2012, despite 7 full seasons under their belt, Washington was still very much not a baseball town. It was barely covered on the radio, barely talked about in bars, and (to the great embarassment of Nationals fans) barely attended.
We aren’t experts with decades of experience watch the game-but we don’t think you should have to be to enjoy the game. We wanted to create a space where people could learn and speak about the game in an intelligent manner, without having to be a know-it-all or a blind zealot of fandom.
No talking down, no unreasonable expections, no stupid questions. Well, okay, maybe some stupid questions-but we promise not to laugh too much 🙂
How did you come up with Nationals 101?: Nationals 101 started a long time ago when I used to take my wife (well, she wasn’t my wife then) to Nats games. Susan used to just come for the beer and the company-let’s face it, that’s what most of DC was doing.
After a game or two, though, she started to ask questions about the game. Some serious, some ridiculous, but all legitimate questions from a baseball novice.
As a person who was only newly initiated in the greatness of the American passtime, and a person who greatly wanted to impress her, I just kept answering her questions. Slowly but surely, year after year, her interest in the spectacle shrank and her interest in the game grew.
With the 2012 season upon us, we were looking for a way to get more involved in the baseball community. I thought about how long it took me to learn the little I know about the game, and how many questions Susan had about the game, and figured we couldn’t be the only people in DC with those types of questions and comments.
So we started a podcast at the beginning of the season, and things took off from there.
Are you on Twitter? Itunes?:
So wait: You’re Nationals101 in name, why is your web site Nats101.com? Why not change over to Nats101 then?:
There already is a Nationals101 web site and a Nats101 twitter user. I’m sure they are nice and everything, but they aren’t us. We had this wordpress blog up for a while, but didn’t get the URL locked up. By then we were up and running with podcasts and twitter followers and Itunes and figured rather than chase it all down we would just have a slightly different URL.