Archive: Rachel Gibson

The Other Nationals are Pretty Great

I went to my first Potomac Nationals game on the 4th of July. It was exactly like the big Nationals only cheaper and the team played better. I was completely charmed. Highlights: Elite, Field Box Seats: $13 An attendant toweling off our seats, another taking food orders from our seats:...

By Rachel Gibson | July 8, 2008; 11:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Beware the Hot Seats

The heart of DC's summer is descending upon us and you might be tempted to wear shorts to the ballgame thinking you'll be more comfortable. A brief word of advice: don't. Don't even think about wearing shorts unless they reach near your knees. Let's just say 3 hours of bare...

By Rachel Gibson | June 27, 2008; 11:26 AM ET | Comments (5)

A Rant About Water Security

This water bottle fascism is getting ridiculous. My friend Amy was stopped at the gate by security on Saturday. Her crime: One or two "teeth" had come disengaged from the seal on her just-purchased water bottle and it was deemed "open." Nationals Park policy states, "Metal, plastic or glass containers...

By Rachel Gibson | June 24, 2008; 02:33 PM ET | Comments (19)

A Fun Night Despite a Canceled Game

I was at the ballpark with my friends last night, and we waited there the entire two plus hours before the game was canceled. Believe it or not, we had a pretty good time. Even on a second try, the stadium staff didn't fix all the grammatical mistakes in their...

By Rachel Gibson | June 5, 2008; 08:19 PM ET | Comments (8)

A Baseball Date

I have an idea for a great baseball date. It might actually be a nice surprise if your special someone would like something more romantic but thinks you're just going to another ballgame. A good place to sit and eat your romantic lunch is along the waterfront, before you hit...

By Rachel Gibson | June 3, 2008; 09:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Gameday Seats

Have you tried the $5 gameday seats yet? I hadn't until Memorial Day, and now I love them. They're cheap and easy, but I found a couple more redeeming qualities in case you're still on the fence. First, if you arrive early enough you can get front row seats, which...

By Rachel Gibson | May 29, 2008; 08:31 AM ET | Comments (12)

Hot Dog Love

My friend Heather noticed several hot dog options at Nationals Park, so we walked around with my little notebook the other day to get a tally. Take a wild guess how many different kinds of hot dogs there are at the ballpark. Four? Eight? Try 18! The game was starting...

By Rachel Gibson | May 27, 2008; 02:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Quick Way Around the Park

Emilie, you were absolutely right about Cantina Marina French fries. Those things are fantastic. I daresay the best in the park. I also tried their Cajun corn dog and, although it's a little scary how they finish off the spice rub, it, too, was fantastic. The downside is that I...

By Rachel Gibson | May 24, 2008; 09:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Lack of Courtesy

I had a buzz-killing exchange with a Metro supervisor Saturday. I was giddy about going to a game for the first time in 11 days (gasp!). I knew there would be green line track work and planned my route to the game accordingly. I'd seen something in press releases and...

By Rachel Gibson | May 12, 2008; 04:57 PM ET | Comments (8)

Fun at the Batting Cages

Speaking of inexpensive fun, I was really impressed with the batting cages. For only $2 you can get eight swings against Randy Johnson or Pedro Martinez. Rachel at bat (By Diego Rivera) It's so great. They've managed to rig it so it REALLY feels like you're batting against a star...

By Rachel Gibson | April 15, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Hope

Did anyone notice that they haven't been playing 'Sweet Caroline?' If this is true, then my ballpark experience has improved tenfold. I'm passing on this note from my friend and seat-mate Amy about Teddy. In yesterday's not-so-great start to a pretty ugly game for Nats fans, there was one glimmer...

By Rachel Gibson | April 13, 2008; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (6)

Keeping Costs Down

It makes me so mad when people complain about how expensive the new ballpark is. OF COURSE a family of four could easily spend over $200 at the ballpark. But if a family of four is spending that much money at the ballpark, they're looking at baseball all wrong. Baseball...

By Rachel Gibson | April 11, 2008; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (10)

An Issue With Smoking

I don't smoke but I overheard something the other day that piqued my interest about smoking at Nationals Park. A gentleman at the ballpark was showing his friend the smoking areas on the stadium map and laughing about the unfortunate location of one of them ... right behind the children's...

By Rachel Gibson | April 10, 2008; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (9)

The Lanyard Conundrum

It's pretty nice, as far as lanyards go. Nice thick red ribbon with curly Ws on it. Quality metal clasps on the top two corners. But what do I do with it? At first I laughed when I read we'd get a promotional lanyard for Opening Day. It's kind of...

By Rachel Gibson | April 4, 2008; 11:49 AM ET | Comments (11)

Worth the Price?

In Nationals Journal yesterday (4/1), commenter SA_Town asked if the $20 food voucher that comes with the Red Porch club level is worth it. In my whole, ahem, two days of experience I would say the food may not be worth it (yet) but the views and the comfortable seats...

By Rachel Gibson | April 2, 2008; 07:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Exhibition Report: Some Good, Some Bad

Goodness, there's already so much to talk about. The ballpark is just delicious. All the construction camera shots, photos and graphics? They absolutely did not do the park justice. It feels way small and completely cozy. I couldn't get over how much closer to the field everything looked in person....

By Rachel Gibson | March 30, 2008; 02:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

 
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