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Thom Loverro: Making a dedication to a special Nationals fan

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The Washington Nationals are dedicating the last homestand of the 2012 season to the giant racing president known as Teddy Roosevelt.

But I'm dedicating the last homestand of this glorious year at Nationals Park to a deserving real-life entertainer at the stadium, one who has preserved perhaps even more than the winless Teddy.

This is the Sheldon Adams homestand.

There's a lot of manufactured fan experiences at Nationals Park -- the Presidents Race, the Nat Pack cheerleaders -- but Adams is one of those unique pieces of the park that has evolved and become a fan favorite.

Adams, 59, can be seen at every game at Nationals Park in section 310, standing up and announcing to the fans around him every pitching or batting change. He will stand and declare loudly, "Your attention please. Pitching for your Washington Nationals, number 22, Drew Storen!," and often receives applause from the fans around him for his routine.

He's been to nearly every Nationals home game at RFK and Nationals Park, never wavering despite the embarrassments and the 100-loss seasons that used to be the real Nationals fan experience. So this winning season is particularly rewarding for Adams.

"I really appreciate this season," Adams said. "I have seen a lot of losing games, so it's nice to see them win. I will be here in the postseason. I may have to get some Eskimo clothes, unless it is Indian summer."

His role as the unofficial public address announcer to anyone within earshot is because of his love for the legendary late Baltimore Orioles public address voice, Rex Barney.

"I learned my technique from Rex Barney, one of the great announcers," Adams said. "One time at a game I was sitting next to a guy who didn't know who was pitching, and he asked me, so I stood up and announced it to everyone."

Adams is not just a Nationals regular. He is, in some ways, a symbol of the Baltimore-Washington sports fan because he has been a fixture at Orioles games as well since 1982, though his primary commitment is to his hometown Nationals.

Adams works at the Department of Health and Human Services in Silver Spring but lives in the District. He had struggled with health issues such as high blood pressure and diabetes over the years but still takes a bus and Metro to all Nationals home games. He keeps a detailed scorecard and notes from every game and says he still has them dating back to 1982.

He also attends nearly every Capitals home game.

"I worry that we won't have a hockey season this year," Adams said. "But in October, now I will have baseball. I think the Nationals are going to go all the way. They've got the right manager in Davey Johnson."

What will Adams do if the Orioles and Nationals meet in the World Series?

"Well, I have a split personality," he answered.

Examiner columnist Thom Loverro is the co-host of "The Sports Fix" from noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday on ESPN980 and espn980.com. Contact him at tloverro@washingtonexaminer.com.

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