The Washington Times - December 5, 2012, 11:40AM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Before the rumor mill gets cranking on Day 3 of the Winter Meetings, I wanted to make sure one of the initiatives announced by Major League Baseball this week didn’t go overlooked. All 30 MLB clubs have joined together to create an auction of some rare baseball experiences to help benefit Stand Up To Cancer.

The initiative was inspired by the numerous cases of public relations officials in the sport who have been diagnosed with cancer in recent years, including Baltimore’s Monica Barlow, one of the nicest, strongest people you will ever meet.

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For the Nationals part, they’ve donated a “Draft Day Experience,” where the winner will have the opportunity to be in the draft room when GM Mike Rizzo and the Nationals make their first-round selection in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on June 6 and attend that day’s draft news conference. The winner will also receive two tickets and dinner in the PNC Diamond Club for that night’s game vs. the Mets. 

Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard are also getting involved, with a “Be Cool at School Experience.” In that experience, the winner will have the opportunity to have Storen and Clippard visit your child’s school classroom and eat lunch at his/her table in the school cafeteria. The winner will also receive a baseball signed by Storen and Clippard. (You must be within a 30-minute radius of Washington DC. The auction winner and team can mutually agree to a date.)

 “With so many of our friends and colleagues recently affected by cancer, we felt it was time for us to stand up and the Winter Meetings present the only opportunity each year when all 30 managers, general managers and all of the media come together,” said Josh Rawitch, Arizona Diamondbacks Senior Vice President of Communications and the club PR official spearheading the charge.  “With the unique access we are all fortunate to have to some of the game’s greatest treasures, it’s really our responsibility to do our part and we hope this is only the beginning.” 

Anyway, all of the Nationals-related auction items can be found here and I would encourage considering participating in this worthy cause.