Astros and Nationals start Spring Training: What it takes to be a baseball team mascot

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World Series Champions, the Houston Astros, and the Washington Nationals will make their big return to the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches this week.

Leading up to spring training , the Nationals gave CBS12 a first hand look at what it takes to be one of the their racing president-mascots by challenging several local TV personalities to a race!

“It’s a chance for you guys to kind of get an idea of what the day in and day out is like,” said Tom Davis, the entertainment specialist for the Washington Nationals.

It didn’t take long to realize just how hard being a mascot really is.

“Upper body strength is very important and also really huge movements,” said Davis.

Dressed as President Herbert Hoover, CBS12’S Kara Duffy came in second place, crossing the finish line with a new found appreciation for mascots at ballparks across the country.

“I was very impressed especially for first timers; you know, to not fall - that is huge - to not fall,” Davis said. “You could maybe pick up the pace a little bit, but other than that I think it was pretty good. I was impressed.”

Funny traditions aside, pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on Wednesday followed by their other teammates.

Their first game will be next Friday.

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