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April 27, 2008

my d.c.: new ballpark
posted by soe 10:45 pm

Waiting for the Pitch

I’ve taken lots of pictures of RFK over the years, since I’ve seen both soccer and baseball there since moving down here. But over the last month, I’ve had the chance to see the unveiling of a spic and span new ballpark.

Shiny and NewBig and Bold

It really is quite nice. I was fine with RFK. I didn’t think that we needed to waste the taxpayer dollars by building a new park when our old one could be remodeled to work reasonably well.

Yet, built it was, so if I want to see baseball without leaving town, to Nationals Park I’ll go.

But I may be subversive and refer to it as Taxation without Representation Stadium.

Curly WTomorrow's Preview

We were lucky because Rudi managed to score us tickets to Opening Night last month — the very first official game at the ballpark. Our seats were out in straightaway left field, close enough to see the action, but also near the main entrance and some tasty concessions.

Our season tickets are in the club level. It’s a bit ridiculous, since I feel like baseball is supposed to be an equalizing game, at least for the fans. Instead, you can’t even get to our seats without showing your ticket to demonstrate you’re worthy of being there.

But you can’t argue with our view, which is from just past first base and on what I would describe as the mezzanine level.

Setting the SceneThe View

On Opening Night, we played the Atlanta Braves. They’re the players in the grey pants and navy tops.

Last Wednesday, we attended the first Mets-Nationals game of the year in D.C. The Mets are the team wearing all grey with blue caps.

Clearly, the Nationals are the ones wearing white and red.

Where Are You Going, Teddy?Go, Teddy, Go!

I — and many other fans — feel the highlight of the inter-inning brouhahas is the Presidents’ Race, which happens in the middle of the fourth inning. The fan favorite is our nation’s youngest president, Teddy Roosevelt, who never seems to win. Sometimes he’s ahead, as he was last Wednesday, but then he gets distracted by the opportunity to schmooze with the fans (clearly a consummate politician) or to harass the opposing team and loses his edge. Friday evening, we caught the game on tv and although Teddy technically was the winner, he was disqualified for cutting through the outfield.

Fittingly, perhaps, our first president won the footrace on the first night of the new ballpark. Last Wednesday, Honest Abe took home the honor.

Zimmerman Does It AgainA Mets Victory

In the end, at both games I attended, the team I was hoping would win won. On Opening Night, I roared along with the rest of the crowd when Ryan Zimmerman launched a shot into the center field stands, a spot where, at RFK, an outfielder would have been standing.

On Wednesday, this girl from the Northeast cheered her Mets to victory as they walked all over the Nats. The Mets seemingly could do no wrong, while the Nats were having a tough time getting their act together.

Good games at a good park.

[You will want to enlarge the photos by clicking on them. I made almost all of them small so I could fit more in, but you really lose the detail at that size.]

Other participants, more timely than I, in the My D.C. meme are Hillary, Sweetpea, MsP, and Rudi. Mia plays along north of the Beltway with My Frederick.

Category: dc life,sports. There is/are 3 Comments.

Heh. Taxation without Representation Stadium. There’s one of those being built in my city right now, and I’m not very happy about it. Especially since, here in MN, we’re still getting snow–and the new stadium is open-air, compared to the old one, which was domed. Duh. Not a brilliant change of plans, that.

Comment by Amy 04.28.08 @ 6:56 am

They make baseball games so fun to go to. But I don’t understand the need for all these huge new fancy stadiums either.

Comment by Sarah 04.28.08 @ 7:01 am

Not sure if this is up your alley, but, um, it is super easy to bring your own booze into the stadium. Much better than paying $7.50 for a crappy beer.

Comment by Marissa 05.07.08 @ 2:25 pm