Hello? Traffic Guards?

Scott Watson

I was surprised to see that the city seems to have suspended the broad post-game police presence and traffic detail around Nats Park. Friday night saw beautiful weather and a respectable crowd over 30,000. At the end of the regulation nine innings, baseball fans strolling back to the Nats Express bus had to rely on the talking electronic crossing system ["wait . . . . wait . . . .wait]. The previously-overstaffed traffic control guards from DC's finest were nowhere to be seen on M Street -- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Streets SE were all without the familiar glow-in-the-dark traffic vests.

All in all, it seemed a good decision; cross-town traffic on M is reliably light after games, at least this year, and the crowds are surprisingly well-behaved. Downright obedient; we all stood there listening and waiting to cross ["wait . . . wait . . . wait"] without an oncoming car in sight.

Don't forget to press the "cross" button! You'll be there all night.

Oh, by the way - Nats Express remains one of the best bargains in town [free game night parking, with a five-minute shuttle?!?]; enjoy it while it lasts. There's no way they'll bring it back next year

By Scott Watson  |  June 23, 2008; 5:51 PM ET  | Category:  Scott Watson
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... Where the parking in plentiful and free

... Where the team is the defending world champion

... Where the ushers don't distract from the enjoyment of the game

... Where concessions and souvenir prices aren't out of sight

... Where the hot dogs are only cold before they're cooked

... Where tickets close to the field are affordable

... Where the players are happy you are there

... Where you can meet and greet the players after the game

... Where you can hear the sound system from any seat in the park

... Where the atmosphere is professional, but with a home-town advantage

... Where you can see the scoreboard from all seats

Where is this place you ask? Westfield High School and the Washington Glory professional women's fastpitch softball team. They open up an 8-game home stand starting Monday.

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