Archive: April 13, 2008 - April 19, 2008

No Apology From Nats

In my opening night experience, I explained my friends' attempt to send Happy Birthday wishes via the big screen. We went through the proper channels, sent in the $100 check (which is ridiculous), and waited anxiously during the middle of the fourth inning to see Happy Birthday Hurting Miller scroll...

By J.P. Finlay | April 17, 2008; 11:37 AM ET | Comments (14)

Beware of Caps Fans

When I went to the game on Sunday, I took the metro, reasoning that it couldn't be too crowded. After all it was the Braves, most people were just waking up from the Saturday night parties by game time, and our beloved Nats had just lost their last 9 games...

By Gillum Ferguson | April 16, 2008; 5:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Mr. Grumpy Redux

Well, the blog entry earlier in the week criticizing the planning and execution of concession sales apparently struck a nerve. First things first:...

By Scott Watson | April 16, 2008; 9:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Scoreboard Follies

The huge and bright new scoreboard ranks as one of the major attractions at Nationals Park. The graphics, color and contrast add to the game experience. It's definitely an upgrade from RFK's dated and distant scoreboard. Sadly, as previously reported, the operator(s) do not appear to have been part of...

By Brooke Family | April 15, 2008; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fun at the Batting Cages

Speaking of inexpensive fun, I was really impressed with the batting cages. For only $2 you can get eight swings against Randy Johnson or Pedro Martinez. Rachel at bat (By Diego Rivera) It's so great. They've managed to rig it so it REALLY feels like you're batting against a star...

By Rachel Gibson | April 15, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Mr. Grumpy Unloads

It's time to take off the kid gloves. The Nats and their concessions management have done a poor job of planning for the fan, and planning is one of the few things that they've had time to do. There are bound to be glitches in any new operation on the...

By Scott Watson | April 14, 2008; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (24)

PlayStation Pavilion a Welcome Diversion

Desperate to avoid the sight of the Nationals losing their ninth straight game a couple of days ago, my friend and I decided to check out a feature I had long looked at but had so far ignored in the new park: the PlayStation Pavilion. With the general popularity of...

By Greg Young | April 14, 2008; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (6)

The Family Restroom Experience

From Carol: The first thing I noticed when we arrived at the stadium via the Centerfield entrance yesterday was a lengthy line for the "family restroom" off to the right. At least 10 families were waiting for their turn. For those of you who don't know -- and I didn't...

By Brooke Family | April 14, 2008; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (7)


Did anyone notice that they haven't been playing 'Sweet Caroline?' If this is true, then my ballpark experience has improved tenfold. I'm passing on this note from my friend and seat-mate Amy about Teddy. In yesterday's not-so-great start to a pretty ugly game for Nats fans, there was one glimmer...

By Rachel Gibson | April 13, 2008; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (6)

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