Archive: Scott Watson

In Like A Lion, Out Lika A ...

Bottom of the fifth over, I wanted a last look around. A stroll through the concourse by Ben's Chili Bowl pulled me up short -- there wasn't a single person in line. Not one. I actually checked the kitchen to make sure that their power wasn't out. Nope; full of...

By Scott Watson | September 24, 2008; 09:39 AM ET | Comments (11)

The Damaged Psyche of a Semi-Fan

In Thomas Boswell's most recent online chat, he said: "I think, in stock market terms, this is "the bottom," or close to it. This winter, some semi-fans may not renew their tickets at Nats Park. Then, perhaps, more of the best seats in the house__and within various sections__ will be...

By Scott Watson | July 18, 2008; 01:22 PM ET | Comments (24)

Thanks, Pretzel Guy

Just a quick "thank you" to the popcorn / pretzel guy working behind Section 238 last week (he declined to give his name, saying he was "just doing his job"). Your good service is appreciated....

By Scott Watson | July 14, 2008; 03:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Flogging Will Continue Until the Losing Stops

This weekend, I finally caught a game with my season ticket partners. Sharing a plan had the paradoxical effect of keeping us from seeing as many games together, and a lot of our experiences were shared by e-mail or phone rather than at the park. To my surprise, we all...

By Scott Watson | June 30, 2008; 09:27 AM ET | Comments (8)

Hello? Traffic Guards?

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...

By Scott Watson | June 23, 2008; 05:51 PM ET | Comments (4)

A Real HeadScratcher

I really don't get this crowd running the new stadium. Of course, I am the fat man who cried "wolf" -- I've enjoyed going over the top talking about the fascists running the place, and yakking about the ushers being a drag. But anyone reading can tell that I actually...

By Scott Watson | June 22, 2008; 02:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Testing the Commitment to the Faithful Fan

As much as I wanted to see the Nats extend their scoreless-innings streak -- when things get this bad, a dark part of my soul wants to see just how low it can go -- I thought that attending a ceremony at which my daughter received a scholarship was just...

By Scott Watson | June 9, 2008; 09:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Road Trip Nightmares

The familiar voice of the PA announcer filled the park: "And now, the moment you've all been waiting for. It's ... the racing presidents!" The crowd roared, but I ignored the rest of the announcement. I'd seen it all before. Let the rookies and rubes watch the big screen. But...

By Scott Watson | June 2, 2008; 07:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Nats Park Is a Sanctuary to the Sun

To my druid ancestors in Scotland, I'm sure the sun had a celebrated personality and was the great giver of life, praised in songs handed down through the ages. For us unenlightened 21st century Washingtonians, it's a free source of light to be enjoyed from behind the tinted glass of...

By Scott Watson | May 27, 2008; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

An Out-of-Line Usher Almost Ruins a Perfect Night

You know, things can fall apart so quickly. My last few trips out to the park had gone so smoothly that I thought I should retire. Who needs to read a veritable love note to the Nats? That's what Stan Kasten's press conferences are for: the bus ride is a...

By Scott Watson | May 26, 2008; 01:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nats Ambassadors: Tough Job, Good Job

I feel sorry for the "Nationals Ambassadors" who greet the Nats Express from RFK every game. They have to walk such a fine line. It's a line that every Nationals Park representative probably confronts at every game. When the Nats Express pulls up at M and 3rd streets SE, a...

By Scott Watson | May 22, 2008; 02:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Love for Clint

On Friday night, in the rainy cold of Nats Park, I confirmed that I am not alone in my disregard for Clint, the "lovable" roving mouth of the Nats. I have found the man annoying since the first time I heard him yelling into the microphone at RFK. I don't...

By Scott Watson | May 13, 2008; 08:36 AM ET | Comments (16)

Switching Seats? Ushers Say No Way

"Are you OK, sweetie?" It's not what I usually expect to hear at a ballgame, but it was welcome on Sunday. I had joined the group from the National War College as they invaded Nationals Park (I'm sure there was some strategic benefit from securing the beachhead on South Capitol...

By Scott Watson | May 7, 2008; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Roar & Peace

Last Thursday, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven - Nationals Park was blissfully quiet. Well, not quiet -- 20,000 people yelled their heads off when Felipe Lopez hit his grand slam, and other noteworthy action got appreciative noise from the crowd. Mets fans could be heard taunting (before...

By Scott Watson | May 1, 2008; 05:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Making the Grade on Transit

Because transportation and concessions will always be recurring interests for most fans (booze and ball-snagging seem to have a constituency as well, but I digress . . .), I thought I'd add to the Brooke Family's latest posts by giving a quick interim grade and short review of each means...

By Scott Watson | April 30, 2008; 05:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

And One More Thing ...

I did have one enjoyable experience at a Nats concession stand this weekend. I stopped by the "Slice Down The Line" stand behind section 114, looking to take advantage of the short line to grab a drink. As I approached the counter, a brash young employee [who shall remain nameless,...

By Scott Watson | April 28, 2008; 05:48 PM ET | Comments (8)

A Little More Love for the Ballpark

I thought I would use last week's beautiful spring games to readjust my attitude. On the last home stand, I had become so apoplectic because of the ballpark and its concession problems that I feared for my health, and the safety of others. Well, my frustration is gone. Poof! Yeah,...

By Scott Watson | April 28, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (14)

Mr. Grumpy Redux

Well, the blog entry earlier in the week criticizing the planning and execution of concession sales apparently struck a nerve. First things first:...

By Scott Watson | April 16, 2008; 09:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Mr. Grumpy Unloads

It's time to take off the kid gloves. The Nats and their concessions management have done a poor job of planning for the fan, and planning is one of the few things that they've had time to do. There are bound to be glitches in any new operation on the...

By Scott Watson | April 14, 2008; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (24)

Practical Information No. 2

Having advised that the stadium shifted from Pepsi products to Coke products (offering Coke Zero), I thought I'd share more good news. As a "big man," as a "Tall and Husky Section" shopper -- hell, as an overweight suburban buffoon -- I worried that the stadium, with its new seats,...

By Scott Watson | April 11, 2008; 02:30 PM ET | Comments (5)

The Thrill Is Gone -- What's Left?

This weekend will test the new stadium for me. Not a test of traffic, or concession lines (which are amazingly speedy when only twenty-thousand fans show up!), but the most fundamental test: "Do I like Nationals Park"? After three visits, my over-the-top enthusiasm has burned off. That's to be expected....

By Scott Watson | April 11, 2008; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (8)

Taking the Nats Express

Last night was going to be my test of getting to the ballpark by the Clarendon-Capitol South Metro route. At the very least, I would ride in from Clarendon and head to the Navy Yard Metro stop. But the idea of spending 40 minutes after the game sitting on a...

By Scott Watson | April 10, 2008; 12:11 PM ET | Comments (1)

A Naming Solution

Why don't the Lerners talk to the Secretary of Defense about corporate sponsorship? We could rename the Park "The Navy Yard." It would save Metro money on signs......

By Scott Watson | April 9, 2008; 05:51 PM ET | Comments (8)

The Sky Is Falling! Or Is It?

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...

By Scott Watson | April 9, 2008; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Any Love for Teddy?

I don't advocate violence or anything, but the next time that you see Teddy, forcefully remind him that he's a slacker. I did get the impression from stray comments -- overheard while waiting (and waiting) in the Ben's Chili Bowl line - that the love for Teddy may have run...

By Scott Watson | April 7, 2008; 04:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Night Lights Keep Things Bright

Anyone who has driven by the new stadium or watched the continuing news coverage of it knows that Nats Park is still a construction zone, surrounded by multiple construction zones. "Road Closed" or "Construction Zone" signs appear on almost every street for nine or 10 blocks east of South Capitol...

By Scott Watson | April 7, 2008; 03:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Two Down, Three to Go

As I see it, an aging suburban Virginia baseball fan has five ways to get to Nationals Park: (1) from Virginia, take Metro to the Navy Yard; (2) ride Nats Express from RFK Stadium; (3) Anacostia Metro Park-and-Ride, with a quick trip to Navy Yard; (4) take Metro to a...

By Scott Watson | April 3, 2008; 07:28 AM ET | Comments (8)

Sampling Stadium Fare: Ben's Vegetarian Chili

Ben's vegetarian chili and Coke Zero, with Ben's Chili Bowl line (at least 30 deep) in the background. (Photo by Scott Watson)...

By Scott Watson | April 1, 2008; 09:42 PM ET | Comments (1)

A Little Bummed Out

Well, the passage of a few days has helped temper the frustration and embarrassment I felt after watching the uncivil, competitive, and self-absorbed behavior of some of my fellow Nats fans. But I'm still a little bummed out by some of what I saw. I certainly don't condemn everyone who...

By Scott Watson | April 1, 2008; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (31)

Marketing Genius?

Well, the Nats have again employed a crack marketing strategy designed to drive attendance down. Last year, it was the now-famous "We'll be so bad, We'll lose 130 games!" strategy. Stan and the boys sold that so relentlessly last year that people bought it, and fan turnout suffered accordingly. This...

By Scott Watson | March 30, 2008; 01:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

 
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