Archive: March 30, 2008 - April 5, 2008

Cycling to the Game

I began cycling in the District in 2005, when I moved to the outskirts of Capitol Hill. Nearly a mile from the closest Metro stop, I hated the long walk to Union Station, and I hated waiting for the irregular X8 bus even more. I decided to try biking to...

By Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard | April 4, 2008; 2:26 PM ET | Comments (9)

The Lanyard Conundrum

It's pretty nice, as far as lanyards go. Nice thick red ribbon with curly Ws on it. Quality metal clasps on the top two corners. But what do I do with it? At first I laughed when I read we'd get a promotional lanyard for Opening Day. It's kind of...

By Rachel Gibson | April 4, 2008; 11:49 AM ET | Comments (11)

Metro Card Update

Now that Emilie Cole has told us how to get a new Curly W SmarTrip card, we'd best run out and get it. According to WTOP, the Nationals season schedule magnets -- which will be given out to the first 20,000 people at the ballpark on Thursday, April 10 --...

By Sloan Baker | April 3, 2008; 6:46 PM ET | Comments (8)

Nationals Park Gets the Nod

It was inevitable that Washingtonians would be enthralled with Nationals Park, but it came as a small surprise that the rest of the nation would catch on so quickly. Men's Fitness has just named Nationals Park as one of its top 10 ballparks to visit this summer. It's right there...

By Sloan Baker | April 3, 2008; 6:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Curly W Metro Pass

Even though I had a perfectly-functioning SmarTrip card, I just HAD to show my Nats pride when going through turnstiles, so I up and purchased one of the two special Nationals SmarTrip Cards offered by WMATA (in my opinion, little more than a cute and "aw-shucks" way for Metro to...

By Emilie Cole | April 3, 2008; 2:26 PM ET | Comments (2)

The View From Section 223

One of the things that gave me and my season ticket group the most anxiety in the months leading up to Opening Day at Nationals Park was the question, "Will we like the view from our seats?" Stan Kasten and the stadium architects repeatedly assured us that the views would...

By Michael Solem | April 3, 2008; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (24)

Two Down, Three to Go

As I see it, an aging suburban Virginia baseball fan has five ways to get to Nationals Park: (1) from Virginia, take Metro to the Navy Yard; (2) ride Nats Express from RFK Stadium; (3) Anacostia Metro Park-and-Ride, with a quick trip to Navy Yard; (4) take Metro to a...

By Scott Watson | April 3, 2008; 7:28 AM ET | Comments (8)

"Don't Pull A Snyder!"

As many of us know, opening night at Nationals Park was not the only major sporting event going on at the time: 10th seeded Davidson was taking on 1st seeded Kansas in the Elite 8. Anyone who did not know that the game was taking place certainly figured it out...

By Gillum Ferguson | April 3, 2008; 7:21 AM ET | Comments (4)

Rally Towels or Dish Towels?

It's the first week of the regular season, and yet it seems like the Nationals promotions are either confused or blatantly misleading. Lets take the "rally towels" that were handed out as fans entered the stadium opening night. When I was first handed one as I walked in through the...

By Greg Young | April 2, 2008; 4:06 PM ET | Comments (10)

A Great First Game

I have to agree with my fellow Grounds Crew member Scott Watson -- transportation problems going to the park were highly overplayed. I live in eastern Prince William County, right off of I-95, and, as Department of Defense employee, I decided to drive to the Navy Yard, park there and...

By Ed Ramras | April 2, 2008; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (6)

Worth the Price?

In Nationals Journal yesterday (4/1), commenter SA_Town asked if the $20 food voucher that comes with the Red Porch club level is worth it. In my whole, ahem, two days of experience I would say the food may not be worth it (yet) but the views and the comfortable seats...

By Rachel Gibson | April 2, 2008; 7:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sampling Stadium Fare: Ben's Vegetarian Chili

Ben's vegetarian chili and Coke Zero, with Ben's Chili Bowl line (at least 30 deep) in the background. (Photo by Scott Watson)...

By Scott Watson | April 1, 2008; 9:42 PM ET | Comments (1)

A Little Bummed Out

Well, the passage of a few days has helped temper the frustration and embarrassment I felt after watching the uncivil, competitive, and self-absorbed behavior of some of my fellow Nats fans. But I'm still a little bummed out by some of what I saw. I certainly don't condemn everyone who...

By Scott Watson | April 1, 2008; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (31)

BYO Straws

I am a fan of the straw. The girly-girl in me loves that I can skip an extra lipstick application when I have a straw in my drink. The clumsy girl in me loves that I am less inclined to spill down the front of my shirt when I am...

By Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard | March 31, 2008; 3:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Opening Night Ruminations

The traffic wasn't too bad. Took us 14 minutes from the Maine Avenue exit off 395 to get out of the car. The poor folks that entered the first base gate must have waited 40 minutes; the line stretched at least two full blocks. The metal detectors were cumbersome but...

By J.P. Finlay | March 31, 2008; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bar Review: The Red Loft

First destination upon arrival: the Red Loft bar. After being stunned by the closeness of the outfield view, we thought we'd celebrate with some margaritas. Three drinks: $24. Less than I expected, and though the glass wasn't as generous as we're used to, we're obviously no longer in RFK. One...

By Michael Solem | March 31, 2008; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Food Review: Pat's Pizza

Being a teenager, I am naturally addicted to pizza from any source, at any day, at any time. However, I must say that the pizza I got from Pat's Pizza in the club level behind section 213 was some of the greatest that has ever entered my digestive system. Unlike...

By Gillum Ferguson | March 31, 2008; 6:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Slow Scoreboard

From Tom: The Braves batted four men in the first, yet the scoreboard list of hitters on the left side of the display never advanced: the first hitter's name, Kelly Johnson, continued to be highlighted. My fellow scorecard keepers in Second 314 also noted that the list of hitters does...

By Brooke Family | March 30, 2008; 8:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jam Packed

From Tom: The President just arrived at the first base side garage. The sidewalks are jammed with tens of thousands of people. Patrons are barely dribbling in through the gates to the stadium. Home plate gate particularly packed, and it took me 25 minutes to get through one of the...

By Brooke Family | March 30, 2008; 7:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Some Early Tips

- Half smokes: The line at the flagship Ben's Chili Bowl concessionaire stretched across the double-wide ground floor concourse to the seats in the second inning of last night's half-full game. BUT they sell "Ben's fully loaded half smokes" at all the hot dog stands, I think they're called "Nats...

By Derek Teslik | March 30, 2008; 3:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Exhibition Report: Some Good, Some Bad

Goodness, there's already so much to talk about. The ballpark is just delicious. All the construction camera shots, photos and graphics? They absolutely did not do the park justice. It feels way small and completely cozy. I couldn't get over how much closer to the field everything looked in person....

By Rachel Gibson | March 30, 2008; 2:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Marketing Genius?

Well, the Nats have again employed a crack marketing strategy designed to drive attendance down. Last year, it was the now-famous "We'll be so bad, We'll lose 130 games!" strategy. Stan and the boys sold that so relentlessly last year that people bought it, and fan turnout suffered accordingly. This...

By Scott Watson | March 30, 2008; 1:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

LOOOONG Lines

Saturday's exhibition was mostly a great experience--as described so eloquently in all of this morning's writeups. I took Metro from Vienna to Capital South. The walk down New Jersey Ave seemed quick and mostly pleasant. The trip home was also quick and easy. Only complaint ----the service at many of...

By Peter Kahn | March 30, 2008; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Money Well Spent

Much has been made of the training the Washington Nationals stadium workers received from Disney and Gaylord this summer. It seems to have done the trick. On Saturday, when the National took the field in an exhibition game with the Baltimore Orioles, stadium workers were at their best. It's a...

By Sloan Baker | March 30, 2008; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

About This Blog

Want to know which food stall at the new Nationals ballpark has the best hot dog? How the bathrooms are? Tips for driving, taking the Metro or getting through the gates? This is the place. Grounds Crew is a blog written by a team of fans who will kick the...

By Washington Post staff | March 30, 2008; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (5)

 
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