Archive: Michael Solem

A Presidential View

A colleague of mine from Texas, Capital D, visited me recently and, rather than conducting our business over dinner at our traditional meeting spot on Capitol Hill, he offered to pick up tickets for a ballgame at Nationals Park. Being a Texan, Capital D likes to think big -- real...

By Michael Solem | May 30, 2008; 08:14 AM ET | Comments (9)

Red Porch 'Lawn'

What's the story with that grass-filled polygon next to the Red Porch seats in center field? Whereas every other square inch of Nationals Park has been engineered to maximize revenue, this patch of the stadium seems eerily undeveloped. Is it an afterthought of the expedited "design-build" construction that erected Nationals...

By Michael Solem | May 14, 2008; 08:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

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; 03:42 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; 01:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Friday Night Slights

It was in or around the third inning at Friday night's game when something very peculiar happened. Austin Kearns, benefiting from a long lead off first base, made a sudden dash toward second as Tim Hudson completed his delivery. Kelly Johnson prepared for the tag, yet Austin went down and...

By Michael Solem | April 12, 2008; 10:01 AM ET | Comments (8)

WiFi at Nationals Park?

No one can deny that Nationals Park, for the moment at least, is the talk of the town. But the stadium falls short of being a true "hotspot." At Monday night's game, my buddy Dave and I became increasingly frustrated with the vacillating home plate umpire, whose strike zone seemed...

By Michael Solem | April 9, 2008; 06:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

The View From Section 223

One of the things that gave me and my season ticket group the most anxiety in the months leading up to Opening Day at Nationals Park was the question, "Will we like the view from our seats?" Stan Kasten and the stadium architects repeatedly assured us that the views would...

By Michael Solem | April 3, 2008; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (24)

Bar Review: The Red Loft

First destination upon arrival: the Red Loft bar. After being stunned by the closeness of the outfield view, we thought we'd celebrate with some margaritas. Three drinks: $24. Less than I expected, and though the glass wasn't as generous as we're used to, we're obviously no longer in RFK. One...

By Michael Solem | March 31, 2008; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

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