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A Nationals Holiday

May 14, 2007
May 14, 2007

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May 14, 2007

SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
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  • In a loopy run-up to the French Open and Wimbledon, No. 1 Roger Federer and No. 2 Rafael Nadal played an exhibition on a half-grass (Federer's favorite) and half-clay (Nadal's specialty) surface. Advantage ... Nadal?

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A Nationals Holiday

Mothers get a Day—and a baseball card—in Washington

"THIS SUREBEATS a plain old Mother's Day card," says Nationals pitcher John Patterson(right), and he's right. He's talking about a trading card that pictures him asa Texas high schooler next to his mother, Cheryl. The Pattersons (above) areone of nine mother-player pairs the Nats are featuring in a set of Upper Decktrading cards that the team will give out to fans who attend their Mother's Daygame against the Marlins.

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THE PROMOTION IS afollow-up to a similar Father's Day giveaway last June. On each card, alongwith the player's statistics, is a memory from Mama. Chad Cordero (third fromtop) is pictured as a baby in the arms of his mother, Patricia (left), whorecalls of the Washington closer, "When he learned to walk he made a broom,spatula, fly swatter, just about anything into a bat."

THE NATIONALS WILLalso fly in each featured mom for the game; they'll be presented with jerseysbefore the game. Catcher Brian Schneider (left, and top right) says that whenit comes to feting, his mom, Karen, is easy to please: "[She] liked thegift in second grade that was made out of macaroni noodles," he says. Stillhe and outfielder Nook Logan are thrilled that their mothers are getting a dayin the sun. "Moms like this type of stuff," says Logan, posing withGlenda (right). "Other mothers will be comparing their flowers, and candy.Mine is going to be on a collector's item."

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