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Longtime co-workers, friends and season ticket holders Steve Wilson and Joe Martin began to plan their route to the new stadium this winter.

The two Annapolis mailmen -- they prefer the title "communication specialists" -- decided early on that driving was out of the question because parking close to the stadium doesn't exist and the shuttles from RFK don't start early enough. These two like getting there hours before the game, so that Wilson can collect autographs from players and Martin can snag practice balls.

"It's got to be Metro," said Wilson, 38, a former Orioles fan from Baltimore who re-started with the Nationals.
So beginning late last year, they began their "dry runs" on Sunday afternoons, driving to metro stops and timing each line.

"We're talking notebooks," said Martin, 47, of Annapolis who has cheered for the Nats since his dad took him to a game in 1970.

The New Carrollton station is the closest, but the orange line requires a transfer -- adding at least 15 minutes. That is, unless they get off at the South Capitol station and walk 15 minutes -- which is an experiment they hope to conduct on Sunday.

"We'll see if it's safe or not," Martin said. "We'll continue conducting our experiment."

The Greenbelt station is "five more minutes up the beltway," Wilson said, but puts them directly on the green line -- which is the route they took Saturday morning, arriving at the stadium about 11 a.m.

Jenna Johnson

By Marcia Davis  |  March 30, 2008; 6:46 PM ET
Categories:  Nationals  
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