Archive: April 6, 2008 - April 12, 2008

Friday Night Slights

It was in or around the third inning at Friday night's game when something very peculiar happened. Austin Kearns, benefiting from a long lead off first base, made a sudden dash toward second as Tim Hudson completed his delivery. Kelly Johnson prepared for the tag, yet Austin went down and...

By Michael Solem | April 12, 2008; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (8)

A View From the Cheap Seats

For those of you who grew up paying 75 cents for a baseball ticket and 10 cents for a hot dog at the game, the National Park experience must be rough, to say the least. For someone who was actually born in the 1970s, however, the ticket prices and cost...

By David Park | April 11, 2008; 4:30 PM ET | Comments (13)

My First Time

So Wednesday night was my first time at Nationals Park, Home of Your Washington Nationals, and...wow! I mean, wow! Everything from the logistical ease (literally a one-minute walk from the Navy Yard Metro) to the resulting giddy excitement (yelping and clapping every five minutes when I realized I was actually...

By Emilie Cole | April 11, 2008; 4:00 PM ET | Comments (5)

Practical Information No. 2

Having advised that the stadium shifted from Pepsi products to Coke products (offering Coke Zero), I thought I'd share more good news. As a "big man," as a "Tall and Husky Section" shopper -- hell, as an overweight suburban buffoon -- I worried that the stadium, with its new seats,...

By Scott Watson | April 11, 2008; 2:30 PM ET | Comments (5)

Keeping Costs Down

It makes me so mad when people complain about how expensive the new ballpark is. OF COURSE a family of four could easily spend over $200 at the ballpark. But if a family of four is spending that much money at the ballpark, they're looking at baseball all wrong. Baseball...

By Rachel Gibson | April 11, 2008; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (10)

The Thrill Is Gone -- What's Left?

This weekend will test the new stadium for me. Not a test of traffic, or concession lines (which are amazingly speedy when only twenty-thousand fans show up!), but the most fundamental test: "Do I like Nationals Park"? After three visits, my over-the-top enthusiasm has burned off. That's to be expected....

By Scott Watson | April 11, 2008; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (8)

Sausage & Fries, Please

I made my foray into the food at Nats Park last night with an Italian sausage located behind section 111 from Senators Sausage. The grill's aroma of spicy sausages, onions and peppers, along with a relatively empty line, convinced me to go for it. The price of $7 was a...

By J.P. Finlay | April 10, 2008; 1:22 PM ET | Comments (15)

Taking the Nats Express

Last night was going to be my test of getting to the ballpark by the Clarendon-Capitol South Metro route. At the very least, I would ride in from Clarendon and head to the Navy Yard Metro stop. But the idea of spending 40 minutes after the game sitting on a...

By Scott Watson | April 10, 2008; 12:11 PM ET | Comments (1)

An Issue With Smoking

I don't smoke but I overheard something the other day that piqued my interest about smoking at Nationals Park. A gentleman at the ballpark was showing his friend the smoking areas on the stadium map and laughing about the unfortunate location of one of them ... right behind the children's...

By Rachel Gibson | April 10, 2008; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (9)

A Naming Solution

Why don't the Lerners talk to the Secretary of Defense about corporate sponsorship? We could rename the Park "The Navy Yard." It would save Metro money on signs......

By Scott Watson | April 9, 2008; 5:51 PM ET | Comments (8)

Chef Recommends!

Initially, most attendees seemed a bit shocked by the concession prices at Nationals Park. (I know that I can get five bottles of vitamin water for $5 at Safeway, but I get only one bottle for $5 at Nats Park.) However, I do believe the prices are comparable to other...

By Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard | April 9, 2008; 2:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

ISO Cherry Trees

From Tom: This evening I plan to make a point of looking for the Cherry Tree display that is supposed to be a signature element for Nationals Park. I must admit that in three visits to the stadium, I still have not seen them. My seatmates told me that the...

By Brooke Family | April 9, 2008; 2:11 PM ET | Comments (3)

The Sky Is Falling! Or Is It?

The PR firm Chicken & Little has gotten out the word: Tonight is a night that will live in infamy! The Nats, Wizards and D.C. United will all be playing at home, which will cripple our transportation system and have us begging to send the Nats back to Montreal. Or...

By Scott Watson | April 9, 2008; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

WiFi at Nationals Park?

No one can deny that Nationals Park, for the moment at least, is the talk of the town. But the stadium falls short of being a true "hotspot." At Monday night's game, my buddy Dave and I became increasingly frustrated with the vacillating home plate umpire, whose strike zone seemed...

By Michael Solem | April 9, 2008; 6:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tasty Tenders

On Monday night my 18-month-old daughter and I shared a serving of chicken tenders from the Grand Slam Grill behind section 318 on the Gallery level. I am not usually a fan of the typical leathery, overly-breaded, tasteless ballpark chicken tender, but I needed to order something that my kid...

By Brooke Family | April 8, 2008; 9:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Travel a Breeze

No problems getting to and from the game last night. I drove in from Fairfax and used the RFK shuttle. I am liking this freebie service. By the way, they were warning that for Wednesday's game to use lot 7 due to DC United game at RFK. Lines at the...

By Peter Kahn | April 8, 2008; 9:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Any Love for Teddy?

I don't advocate violence or anything, but the next time that you see Teddy, forcefully remind him that he's a slacker. I did get the impression from stray comments -- overheard while waiting (and waiting) in the Ben's Chili Bowl line - that the love for Teddy may have run...

By Scott Watson | April 7, 2008; 4:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Night Lights Keep Things Bright

Anyone who has driven by the new stadium or watched the continuing news coverage of it knows that Nats Park is still a construction zone, surrounded by multiple construction zones. "Road Closed" or "Construction Zone" signs appear on almost every street for nine or 10 blocks east of South Capitol...

By Scott Watson | April 7, 2008; 3:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Missing the Flexibility of RFK

Only a week into the 2008 season, I know what I miss about life at RFK. I miss the freedom with which I could change my season ticket game plan to accommodate a busy summer schedule. I have tickets to two games this week. Lucky me, you say? Well let's...

By Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard | April 7, 2008; 3:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Tonight's Traffic Test

Tonight will be the first test of the city's ability to handle the traffic crunch of a 7:10 p.m. start at Nats Park and a real rush hour. The weekend games don't count. Assuming a healthy crowd tonight, which is quite possible for the second game of the season at...

By Derek Teslik | April 7, 2008; 10:12 AM ET | Comments (5)

 
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