Baseball & dashing presidents in D.C.

28Apr13
Flags were passed out to fans on Saturday as part of Military Appreciation Day.

Flags were passed out to fans on Saturday as part of Military Appreciation Day.

Nationals Park in D.C. opened in 2008;  this was my first visit, Saturday, 4/27/13. Nats beat the Reds 6-3 on a gorgeous day. The park seats 41,546 for baseball. Paid attendance this day was 38,903. It falls well short of Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia for atmosphere, though it has its strengths.  There wasn’t nearly as much big-video-screen in-your-face hoopla as at CBP, the result being that the game of baseball was usually the focus of attention. On the concourse near our Section 303 there seemed to be dozens of vending stations for food and beer, which translated into virtually no waiting. A few food booths were extensions of local restaurants, but most of the offerings were generic.  One puzzle: run-of-the-mill domestic draft beer was $10 at some stands, while elsewhere upper-tier beers could be had for $9.  On the field there were instances of sloppy play from both teams — but also some stellar performances and enough hits to keep it interesting if not suspenseful.   Thanks to Vanessa & Mark.

The outfield, framed in blue.

The outfield, framed in blue.

The popular race of the presidents. George won.

The popular race of the presidents. George won.

A little surprised to see this protocol in the high seats.

A little surprised to see this protocol in the high seats.

U.S. Capitol rises in the distance.

U.S. Capitol rises in the distance.

Those decorative orbs are, on closer inspection, silver baseballs attached to a parking garage outside Nationals Park.

Those decorative orbs are, on closer inspection, silver baseballs attached to a parking garage outside Nationals Park.

Metro platform packed with departing fans after the Nats 6-3 win over the Reds.

Metro platform packed with departing fans after the Nats 6-3 win over the Reds.

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