Archive: April 27, 2008 - May 3, 2008

Nuts About the Nats

Last month at a game during the Marlins series, I heard "Nuts About the Nats." It's a little corny, but it's ours. Apparently, Elliot in the Morning is a fan. Enjoy!...

By Sloan Baker | May 2, 2008; 10:45 PM ET | Comments (4)

Down in Front!

NatsPark features a gentle slope or angle in the seating areas. Attacks of vertigo due to a steep set of stairs to and from seats are less likely than at many other major sporting arenas. On the other hand, fans walking up and down those nicely spaced steps block the...

By Brooke Family | May 2, 2008; 4:43 PM ET | Comments (9)

Beer Cup Blues

The standing-room only popularity of the Red Loft bar has convinced Stan Kasten that it needs to be expanded. Hopefully this, in turn, will result in a few extra ounces in the libation department. For several games now, my friends have claimed that the beer cups at the Red Loft...

By Michael Solem | May 2, 2008; 3:42 PM ET | Comments (3)

Bike Valet: Tip or No Tip?

Last night as I left Nats Park, bobbleheads strapped securely in my bike basket, I noticed a man tip the bike valet attendants. I honestly had not thought about tipping the very kind gentlemen who bring me a pen and tag and tape it to my bike before I move...

By Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard | May 2, 2008; 11:25 AM ET | Comments (8)

Tables, Please!

So far this season I've attended games at a wide array of times: Sometimes I'll make it to my seat at the last minute, sometimes arriving a tad late, and once -- on a Friday -- showing up almost two hours early (the Nerd Alert in me thought that everyone...

By Emilie Cole | May 2, 2008; 5:16 AM ET | Comments (13)

Scoreboard Is Much Improved

Wow, what an improvement! Okay, now I'm impressed. I'd like to think that because Nationals management reads this blog, the powers that be realized that the Monster high definition scoreboard was failing to live up to its potential. Or maybe they just figured out some of the features of the...

By Brooke Family | May 1, 2008; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Roar & Peace

Last Thursday, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven - Nationals Park was blissfully quiet. Well, not quiet -- 20,000 people yelled their heads off when Felipe Lopez hit his grand slam, and other noteworthy action got appreciative noise from the crowd. Mets fans could be heard taunting (before...

By Scott Watson | May 1, 2008; 5:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Making the Grade on Transit

Because transportation and concessions will always be recurring interests for most fans (booze and ball-snagging seem to have a constituency as well, but I digress . . .), I thought I'd add to the Brooke Family's latest posts by giving a quick interim grade and short review of each means...

By Scott Watson | April 30, 2008; 5:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Clint: Love Him or Hate Him?

I sense that, after reading various comments and posts, most people don't like Clint--the young fella who runs around the park interviewing fans and playing silly games with lucky contestants. This year, I haven't seen much of Clint in or around the park. Is it because the audio-visual systems at...

By Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard | April 30, 2008; 1:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Good Game, Bad Brisket

When the security guard came out to warn my buddy Rad, I was worried. We were having such a good time last night at this game and it looked like the Nats were even going to win. Sure Rad was heckling the bullpen, but that is why we bought the...

By J.P. Finlay | April 30, 2008; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

In Search of Better Transportation

From Carol: We are still in search of the best way to get to the new stadium. On Saturday night, we decided to try parking at RFK and taking the free shuttle. As we approached RFK, we were surprised to find a long line of cars waiting to park. Guess...

By Brooke Family | April 29, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

Highlights for Nats Fans?

I clearly remember the times I spent in the doctor's office as a child, losing myself in the back page of Highlights magazine, where I was challenged to find hidden or misplaced objects in the illustrated photo. Now, at each game at Nationals Park, I challenge myself to find what...

By Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard | April 29, 2008; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (14)

And One More Thing ...

I did have one enjoyable experience at a Nats concession stand this weekend. I stopped by the "Slice Down The Line" stand behind section 114, looking to take advantage of the short line to grab a drink. As I approached the counter, a brash young employee [who shall remain nameless,...

By Scott Watson | April 28, 2008; 5:48 PM ET | Comments (8)

Teddy... Oh, Teddy

Teddy gets tripped up in the Presidents Race on April 27. (Photo courtesy of The Ardvaark from LetTeddyWin.com) I have to admit that I found Teddy's near-victory Friday night to be anticlimactic. As the presidents made their way to first base, I noticed that Teddy had cut the corner...

By Kyra DeBlaker-Gebhard | April 28, 2008; 4:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

Snagging Baseballs at Nationals Park

A friend of mine who works for a publisher in New York put me in touch with Zack Hample, author of "How to Snag Major League Baseballs" and "Watching Baseball Smarter." He's also a Mets fan . . . but in the spirit of bipartisanship, let's not hold that against...

By Michael Solem | April 28, 2008; 1:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Little More Love for the Ballpark

I thought I would use last week's beautiful spring games to readjust my attitude. On the last home stand, I had become so apoplectic because of the ballpark and its concession problems that I feared for my health, and the safety of others. Well, my frustration is gone. Poof! Yeah,...

By Scott Watson | April 28, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (14)

More Organ, Redux

Although I highly doubt that anyone in the Nationals Park office read my humble post seeking more pizazz from the organ player, something must've gotten into the folks behind the soundboard because Friday night's game was a literal organ festivus. It was so delightful! Apart from it being the perfect...

By Emilie Cole | April 28, 2008; 7:45 AM ET | Comments (10)

 
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