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Take Me Out to the Ballgame


I suppose it's sad that I was able to easily get a ticket to yesterday's Washington Nationals home opener. But then, wouldn't it be sadder if I hadn't been able to? For me, anyway?

I was out of the country for last year's stadium debut and so vowed to be there this season. Being a natural procrastinator, I never did buy a ticket. I suspected that the marketplace would provide.

And so it did. I ignored the shouts of "Who needs tickets?" and "Got two! Got two!" as I emerged from the Metro and went straight to the box office/will call. Huge line, so I bit when the first person walked by asking if anyone needed a ticket. Face value, 60 bucks.

It's always a bit risky buying, or indeed selling, tickets like that. I'm not thinking about the legality of scalping. I'm thinking that either one of us could have been a jerk and then we would have been sitting next to each other for the next nine innings. But this was a nice section about eight rows back along the third-base line. If I'd been a bit quicker I might have snagged a T-shirt thrown into the crowd by a Nationals girl.

And so the Nats start the season 0 and 7. It's all about the pitching, isn't it? It's either prescient or entirely coincidental that this particular lyric happened to be on the DiamondVision screen when I snapped it during the seventh-inning stretch:


By John Kelly  |  April 14, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
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O's are 5-2, John. Come on back anytime. But don't wait TOO long, September can be ugly at the Yard.

Posted by: Epigon | April 14, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

When will DC get a major league team? I have been waiting for major league baseball to return to Dc since 1972. Current team is barely double A in quality and the Lerners make Danny Boy Snyder look competent.

Posted by: sheepherder | April 14, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

The current state of the Nationals can be, in part, blamed on the purginng of the Nationals (then expos) farm system when MLB was planning on retracting the team. Imagine Grady Sizemore, Cliff Lee and Brandon Phillips on our squad. And still no compensation from MLB.

Posted by: fushezzi | April 14, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

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