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 there) to the delicious half-smoke NatsDog (freshly-bunned, smothered generously with chili and onions, and juicy enough to hydrate you for the entire evening) just knocked my socks off.
And I wasn't even wearing socks!
In fact, I had such a good time that I started to wonder if I would ever find something to say other than how much fun I had and how much I love Nats Park.
The answer, at least for now, is "no."
After coming to this conclusion, I started thinking about those that have found reason to take issue with this or that inconvenience. I mean, how fun would it be if you entered Metro, walked directly into a train waiting just for you with its door wide open, zipping you right to the Navy Yard stop without even one annoyingly sudden mid-tunnel stop, had no redundant Metro announcement about which way to walk, strolled right up to the gate and then right to your seat where a vendor was waiting with nuts and beer to sell you, and then watched nine innings of baseball with nary an infraction against your patience or tastebuds?
While my first time wasn't "flawless," it was perfect...even despite the fact that one beer vendor accidentally mixed some MGD into my Miller Lite. Or that the bathroom stall ran out of toilet paper. Or, um, the 10-4 loss (although the subsequent playing of Marley's "Three Little Birds" as we left the park kind of made up for it). Why? Because I got to sit in a seat and watch balls be hit by wooden sticks.
That sliver of the Capitol Dome at night looked pretty cool, too.
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