A View From Section 128

David Park

So after a hiatus due to switching employers, I was unable to attend a Nationals game for a while. Okay, almost a full two months. Inexcusable, I know. Yet I remain unapologetic. I like being me.

My first experience at Nationals Park was in the 400 section and the view was very good for the amount I paid, so being the natural vagabond that I am, I decided for the other extreme. On Monday, June 23, I sat in Section 128 row DD seat 10. My gratitude to Tom L., a season ticket holder and a coworker, hopefully you will continue to find it in your heart to throw some more tickets my way.

The view, I must say, was terrific. Sitting about 20 rows back from the Nationals dugout was just right. Not too close, just the right elevation from the playing field and a good view of the scoreboard. Every swing, foul ball, pop fly took on a completely different vantage point that I had not experienced before. I almost even got my hands on a couple of foul balls, which was a first for me as well.

(A side note: Not to sound like a little sissy, but sitting that close, I must say that Elijah Dukes is a scary dude. If he barked at me about giving him my lunch money back in the fifth grade, I think I would have wet myself. But it's good to see him healthy and back in the lineup. Go Dukes!!!)

Also worthy of noting from Monday night's game is that the Washington D.C. Gay Men's Choir did a heck of a job singing the national anthem. I'm not usually impressed or even remember who sings the national anthem, but they were hard to miss from an audio and visual perspective.

And then, the most random sighting of all time: Rob Reiner! One of my favorite directors of all time, who's been credited with movies such as The Princess Bride, A Few Good Men, When Harry met Sally, Stand By Me and This is Spinal Tap, to name a few. Reiner actually got to belt out, "Play ball!" as an honorary announcer/umpire. Pretty cool, I must say.

Other things I picked up on after not having been to a game for two months was that the service at the food stands -- Nats Dogs behind section 128 in particular -- was prompt and the Ben's Half Smokes were just as I remembered them -- to die for, though the morning after is another story all together.

Something that crossed my mind again as I was taking in the game was that the outfield could really use some additions. I hate sounding like a broken record, but I will: the outfield is really not much to write home about. Outside of the most incredible replay HD Screen ever and the Red Porch, the outfield area could use some more "idiosyncrasies," if I may. I might be asking for a little too much, but thinking about how much a game in Section 128 cost me, I'm thinking maybe I'm not too unreasonable after all.

Until next time.

By David Park  |  June 26, 2008; 6:46 PM ET  | Category:  David Park , Food , Seating/Sight Lines
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Awesome post! I love your "Go Dukes" for good measure, just in case you do run into him.

Though I'm not sure what you mean by "idosyncrasies." Do you mean visually?

Posted by: NatsNut | June 26, 2008 11:03 PM

What was also nice about that game was during the rain delay a simply amazing double rainbow - the most intense I think I have ever seen, arched over the stadium. The end of it looked like it came down right on the center field seats. Hung around for a very long time too.

Given that it was Team DC's Night Out as well, it couldn't have come at a better time.

Posted by: DanD187 | June 27, 2008 11:00 AM

you should see if there's a way to join the gay men's choir. you have a good voice. i'm sure they can always use some tenors.

i don't know why, but i laughed when i read you sat in row DD

Posted by: dan | June 27, 2008 12:02 PM

baseball bores me but i gotta say i find myself actually halfway interested in checking out this ballpark now.

very nice bahj!

Posted by: pauly | June 27, 2008 12:31 PM

Yes.

I feel like the outfield could have so much more interesting things visually and even structurally.

It just seems a little dull. I would post suggestions if I had any but I don't.

Posted by: David Park | June 27, 2008 1:27 PM

Great post! All I have to say is "Oh really???"

Posted by: Dwu | June 27, 2008 2:08 PM

Great post - I enjoy your style of making off the field observations with a humorous tilt to things. Your entry makes me feel like I'm at Nats Park by surrounding me with anecdotes rather than leading me by the hand through the game. Keep it up!

ungh...

Posted by: diesel | June 27, 2008 3:21 PM

Hey there. I was in the gay choir, and I was looking at you, pretty boy. Rarrr.

Posted by: IndianSensation | June 27, 2008 11:13 PM

Another fine job. I look forward to your articles every time that they come out b/c it sums up well what I'm thinking when I go to a ball game.

Posted by: KJundo | June 30, 2008 12:57 AM

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