The third Annual Grand Slam Sunday, held on August 27 at Nationals Park, drew over 1,500 members of the Jewish community and involved 50 community partners — one of the largest groups to ever participate in a themed day at the venue. Organized by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, the event featured an afternoon of food, fun, and a Nationals vs. Mets baseball game.
“There are so many groups here today, it showcases the best of what is possible in the Jewish community,” said Zach Briton, annual campaign director for Federation.
The festivities started at 11:30 a.m. in the family picnic area behind section 143. Federation hosted games, a photo booth, and giveaways alongside booths sponsored by partnering organizations that offered food and other activities for all to enjoy. Kol HaBirah had a blast hosting a ball-toss activity and informational booth.
As part of the pregame fun, Federation invited the PJ Our Way children onto the field for a meet-and-greet. Nationals players Edwin Jackson, Joe Blanton, and Matt Albers, along with Team Manager Dusty Baker and Nationals mascot Screech, gave out high fives and autographs.
Students from Young Artists of America at Strathmore sang the national anthem. Their director, Rolando Sanz, is Jewish, as was one of the participating students. Local businessman Harvey Goodman was given the honor of throwing out the first pitch in honor of his commitment to the Greater Washington Jewish community.
As the events in the picnic area wound down, everyone headed to their seats to enjoy the game with family and friends. “I think this is an awesome way for the community to get together,” said Laura Cutler of Bethesda, Maryland.
Eating kosher food, getting Nationals hats in Hebrew, and watching one of best franchises in town — what could be better?
Community News Editor Malka Goldberg contributed to this article.
A junior at Berman Hebrew Academy and avid baseball fan, Ezra Troy lives in the Kemp Mill neighborhood of Silver Spring, Maryland.
By Ezra Troy