WJ Baby Exposé

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The WJ Baby sits for their interview. As an important figure in WJ society, the Baby had to be interviewed carefully and extensively to get the inside scoop.

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The WJ Baby sits for their interview. As an important figure in WJ society, the Baby had to be interviewed carefully and extensively to get the inside scoop.

Name: Penelope/WJ Baby
Age: Baby aged
Zodiac signs: Aquarius sun, Taurus moon, Sagittarius rising
Favorite Food: Sweet potatoes

Q: How are you handling your immediate rise to fame?

A: It’s a lot of pressure to be the best baby I can be. I have performance anxiety and sometimes I’ll sit in front of football games and wonder if I’m good enough to be thrown around by students. I try to stay positive and humble, but I had to take a mental break. It just got too much.

Q: It was so inspiring to see you prioritize your mental health and step out of some games, how did you make that decision?

A: It was important to me because I’m doing this for the fans. It was really scary because I’m seen as such a beacon of positivity, the break took a lot of courage. I hope we inspired people at WJ who are struggling.

Q: What is your origin story?

A: I did not attend the first football game. The idea and execution of [my symbol] was conceived at the Whitman game, the second football game of the season. A Whitman student left me on WJ’s doorstep, and WJ took me in.

Q: Why did you choose this year to make your debut?

A: With all the stuff that went down with COVID and everything that’s still happening, I wanted to bring a new era of positivity to WJ spirit and pride, I thought this was the best way to do it.

Q: What kind of music do you listen to?

A: Everybody is a swiftie, I’m a big swifite. I like Kanye west, even though [Kanye and Swift] had beef I love them both… I also love Britney Spears.

Q: What is your favorite pastime?

A: Reading classics by the fire and drinking artisanal teas.

Q: What Is your favorite classic to read?

A: “Harold and the Purple Crayon” and “Goodnight Moon”… I enjoy a good bedtime story.

Q: The fans are dying to know, where do you get your hair done?

A: I was actually born this way, it’s all-natural… I get my eyebrows done by local businesses based in Bethesda and Rockville.

Q: Madcow or Wildcat?

A: Impossible choice. I’m my own favorite mascot, but they rank second equally. I consider myself the symbol of WJ, a baby for the modern age.

Q: What would you say to all the haters?

A: You’re the one acting like a baby!

Q: How do you feel the fall football season has gone?

A: I’m not done yet, I plan to attend at least one more football game after the homecoming football game. I have plans for the winter season, I’ll be attending WJ Varsity Hockey games. We haven’t picked a spring sport yet, but the time will come.

Q: If you were able to meet Walter Johnson himself, what would you say to him?

A: I would have gone to all the games you played. Thank you for creating the legacy for this school that I get to follow.

Q: Would you want to throw first pitch at a baseball game?

A: Absolutely.

Q: If you could speak directly to the fans, what would you say?

A: Thank you so much for the support and love, I’m excited to be a symbol for everyone at WJ!