The Sky Is Falling! Or Is It?

Scott Watson

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 so I thought driving toward D.C. shortly after 6 this morning. The Junkies, Elliot in the Morning and the Burd & Doyle in the Morning show all let listeners know that tonight will tax our last ounce of patience and subject us to the horrors of . . . a busy Metro and bad parking. Lurch, the only baseball nut on the Junkies, only half-jokingly said, "I may not go to a Nats game this year," because of the parking and transportation hassle.

I may have missed something, but since when does bad traffic, a crowded Metro and limited parking slow down D.C.? Last I checked, these conditions are present every day.

Admittedly, Nats fans like me were spoiled rotten by the RFK experience (and how stupid does that sound; what a pit it was). We could roll onto Metro with both Orange and Blue lines available to us and a huge Stadium-Armory stop to accommodate the rush. Or we could use easily accessible parking lots with roughly the square footage of Denmark. The "exorbitant" $15 parking fee is now a rosy memory.

Now, I have to suffer the indignity of free parking in Lot 7, or a contentious transfer from the Orange line to the Green. I can even get a nearby parking spot, if I mortgage the house. (Wait. With house prices falling, that may not be an option).

The bottom line: We still have a lot of workable options. Why don't we wait until a massive failure happens before we just assume there will be a massive failure?

If everyone just takes a deep breath and adds a couple of minutes and some planning, I don't think the Wizards and D.C. United games will ruin anybody's night or make them regret going out to the Nats game. Those games, and the buzz created by more fans downtown, might just help us remember that we live in a sports-rich city with three venues that have a Metro stop at the door.

By Scott Watson  |  April 9, 2008; 10:53 AM ET  | Category:  Scott Watson
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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.

Aha! So you ADMIT that your beloved Nats are nothing more than Le Montreal Expos de Washington! Finally.

Posted by: Le Jestaplero | April 9, 2008 11:59 AM

THANK YOU!! I bet everyone griping about it hasn't been down to Navy Yard yet. Kasten and Metro were squawking BEFORE Opening Day because nobody knew what to expect.

But you're right. There are a TON of options and none of them has been a disaster yet. It's all going to be fine, people.

Posted by: Stantun | April 9, 2008 1:06 PM

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