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The Fireworks Ban Is Lifted

[UPDATE] -- If fireworks were suspended but didn't miss a game, were they ever really suspended? Hmmm. Here's the updated story. The fireworks ban has already been lifted -- after being established earlier in the day. So, all is back to normal tomorrow at Nats Park.

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Now, problems are literally falling from the sky at Nationals Park. And hitting the wrong people. The latest misadventure at 1500 S. Capitol St. actually involves fireworks, which the team launches regularly after the National Anthem, after home runs, after wins, and as part of its postgame promotion on Friday nights. Or at least that's the way it used to be.

After an incident yesterday, fireworks displays at Nationals Park have been suspended.

You can read the news account here.

Steinberg offers his hilarity here.

By Chico Harlan  |  June 8, 2009; 4:35 PM ET
 
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After three bullpen reshuffles, demoting the teams opening day starting center fielder and firing Randy, the team will again try to deflect attention from Manny Acta by shutting down Charlie's trademarked call for a win...

Then again, it was kind of like the blue jerseys, only gets broken out on rare occasions!

BTW...on the eve of the draft...YOU CANT TRADE DRAFT PICKS!!!

Posted by: BigTrain | June 8, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

having been hit by debris at various 4th of july events on the mall, i find this hilarious that the dc fire chief is shocked - shocked! - that there is paper residue debris from fireworks. what, he'd rather it land in the surrounding neigbborhood?

Posted by: malcolmyoung1 | June 8, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Hope the Chief of Police doesn't show up. God only KNOWS what could happen then.

Charlie: There's a shot up the middle...
Dave: But the pitcher hasn't even started his windup yet...
Charlie: I wasn't talking about a baseball...

Posted by: TimDz | June 8, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it was firework debris that broke the giant curly W clock.

Posted by: logan9 | June 8, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Nothing can go right for the Nats! Now no more fireworks?! A 15-40 record? Could this season get any worse?!

Posted by: rachel216 | June 8, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Mark my words ... we're all going to look back at NatsTown 2009 with the kind of horrified nostalgia that parents have for the worst parts of starting a family (2am feedings, terrible twos, "Barney and Friends") - we won't want to come back to these days but we'll still remember them fondly in retrospect.

Of course, that requires the little monsters to grow into nice kids.

Still, a guy can hope.

Posted by: diogenes_quixote | June 8, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

"Could this season get any worse?"

Keep watching - we're going to find out.

Posted by: diogenes_quixote | June 8, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Time to fire the Fire Chief for "piling on". I am sure he can find work in Switzerland where such things are paramount and any breach is tantamount to treason.

Posted by: periculum | June 8, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't Chief Rubin know...this is part of the plan? (See, we use really cheap and dangerous fireworks now, then when the team is competitive in 2010, we buy the really safe fireworks.)

Posted by: mvm2 | June 8, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm a little surprised it took them so long to notice. Opening day had so many fireworks when all the players and coaches were introduced I thought the place was burning down - couldn't see through the smoke!

Posted by: Traveler8 | June 8, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

"Could this season get any worse?"

A better question: who's writing the book about this season?

Harlan: if you don't have a book deal worked out, you're a bona fide knucklehead.

Posted by: joemktg2 | June 8, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Who needs fireworks? I haven't been able to take my kids to the ballpark for two years because the 3 year old is freaked out by the fireworks. Most of our friends are in the same boat.

They wouldn't be missed.

Posted by: pennquaker | June 8, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I've also noticed the clock didn't work.

Man, well as they say:

"When it rains, it pours................ on our winless, clockless, fireworkless, Crow-less, GM-less Natinals."

Posted by: NatsandSkinsareclassclassclass | June 8, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

So now there's no more "Bang! Zoom!" Great. Just keep piling it on. Hopefully, the city and team will find a comporomise and they can resume the fireworks.

Remember the beginning of last year, when they were launched from the top of the scoreboard? It didn't take long for them to move to the roof above the first and third base lines. What about the roof of the parking garages? The one on the right side (above the Strike Zone) might be a good place for launching fireworks, since they have the party tent on top of the other garage. They would lose a few parking spots, but so what? Plus, that location would be a little bit further away from the residences on the other side of South Capitol Street.

Posted by: BGinVA | June 8, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

That stupid curly W clock has never worked correctly since the stadium opened. It is usually anywhere from on time to 45 minutes, an hour, or an hour and a half off. I'm not sure why it's there, honestly.

Can nobody in this organization get anything right? This seems simple, but it's just another very conspicuous sign of the failure of the Nats front office in just about everything.

And yet I keep going to the games. What a masochist I must be.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | June 8, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Like they say, "you can't make this stuff up".

Look on the brightside, the Lerners get to save some big bucks seeing that they don't have to light-off as much as they have in the past. On second thought does that mean the demise of the Friday Night FW show too.

Yeah I gues the Fire Chief must be a BLOWS fan, or maybe he's just ticked that DC Council approved 700M to build a stadium and ....., well you know the rest!

Posted by: TippyCanoe | June 8, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

It took this long to notice? Bits of paper fluff from the packaging has been falling since they moved the fireworks up there.

Also ,the Friday fireworks come from the river, so I think those might go on, just not the rooftop ones till they re-angle them.

Posted by: EricS2 | June 8, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

"Bang!! Zoom!!...Would go the fireworks, if they were still allowed!"

Posted by: fischy | June 8, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

If this is the beginning of a winning streak, the chief will be forgiven. Maybe he is upset that the Nats chief was not re-signed and has been seeking revenge ever since. I'm sure it will make the rounds as more fodder to belittle our Nats in the national media.

Posted by: cokedispatch | June 8, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse


I can see it now.

Announcer: "That right fielder has a cannon, and he's gunning for the runner."

Chief Wiggins: "All right, up against the wall, you."

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Hope the Chief of Police doesn't show up. God only KNOWS what could happen then.

Charlie: There's a shot up the middle...
Dave: But the pitcher hasn't even started his windup yet...
Charlie: I wasn't talking about a baseball...

Posted by: TimDz | June 8, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 8, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Charlie could wave a sparkler from the window of his booth in Seventh Heaven? Or not.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 8, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

It's probably the same at every other park. Probably just an egotistical spotlight grabber.

I doubt they'll save any money. They probably signed a season long contract whether the fireworks happen or not. Which was I suppose was bold... that presumed there would be something to celebrate...

Posted by: SaveOurTeam | June 8, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Well at least we've given baseball a reason to move on from the '62 Mets. After we've screwed the pooch this season every year the worst team in baseball will be compared to the '09 Nats. How special...

You can hear it now when they do an interview with Stan in 20 years.... "Hell we couldn't even get the damn fireworks done right!"

Expect a torch in the mail from the Mets some time in October... It will be ours to carry for the rest of eternity...

yea...

Posted by: SaveOurTeam | June 8, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

And yeah... I'm sure this is all strategy to get the #1 pick next year too...

uhuh...

Posted by: SaveOurTeam | June 8, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

WAMU local news @ 6:05(ish)pm reported that the fireworks are back on... Different formulation will be used and the tubes will be aimed differently.

Posted by: OldDude | June 8, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

That news makes me absurdly happy, OldDude.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 8, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

WAMU local news @ 6:05(ish)pm reported that the fireworks are back on... Different formulation will be used and the tubes will be aimed differently.

Posted by: OldDude | June 8, 2009 7:35 PM
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Awesome!!! Bam zoom go the fireworks!!!

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | June 8, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Glad to have the bang-zoom back. This was much ado about absolutely nothing. More ridiculous DC bureaucracy in action.

Posted by: shepdave2003 | June 8, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

WAMU local news @ 6:05(ish)pm reported that the fireworks are back on... Different formulation will be used and the tubes will be aimed differently.

Posted by: OldDude | June 8, 2009 7:35 PM |
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We can only hope - I'd dread depriving Charlie of his "signature" call.

Posted by: BinM | June 8, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, OldDude. They are back!

Fireworks to make a comeback at Nationals games

The Associated Press
Monday, June 8, 2009; 7:52 PM

WASHINGTON -- The fireworks are coming back for the Washington Nationals, days after debris from some pyrotechnics fell on the local fire chief as he watched a game.

District of Columbia Fire Chief Dennis Rubin ordered a halt to the fireworks after Sunday's game with the New York Mets. Team and fire officials met on Monday to review safety procedures. Authorities say the fireworks can resume Tuesday when the Nationals host the Cincinnati Reds.

The department says new safety measures are being put in place to protect spectators. But a fire department statement did not elaborate on the steps.

The Nationals have regularly set off fireworks during the national anthem, after home runs and victories.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/08/AR2009060803580.html

Posted by: BGinVA | June 8, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

BTW, Dan Snyder WOULD find a way to trade draft picks for some "chick crack" that can sell his t-shirts.

Posted by: periculum | June 8, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

a big curly W there...

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 8, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

The season is saved! Given the 15-and-40 record, we must have a stash of fireworks stored up. Look for a 2-for-1 special at some of Cheep Lerners' drab suburban shopping malls.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | June 8, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Having read all the Mike Rizzo white noise on the draft -- really, can the guy be any more bland? -- I'm really beginning to think this guy is just a stooge baseball lifer. Not that I long for the return of JimBo, but this stooge Rizzo really looks and sounds like an empty suit. No wonder he hasn't been named GM full-time yet.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | June 8, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

In the words of Bugs Bunny, "What a Maroon".

More embarassing for the City than the Nationals, but few can pass up a chance to take a shot at either of them.

Posted by: natbiscuits | June 8, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

I still find it hard to believe that

(a) Rizzo thinks any pitcher drafted would be a good bet to last physically

(b) that no one at the "presser" asked him about this issue

(c) that very few people on this board seem to have much doubt about our drafting a pitcher.

Posted by: paulkp | June 8, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

not that keith law is the best arbiter of baseball knowledge, but he makes a good case that it's not as crazy to take SS as people like boz have tried to make out (insider article).

http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/draft2009/insider/news/story?id=4240670

Posted by: sec231 | June 8, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

where did rizzo say that?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 8, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure which board you're talking about. The problems inherent in drafting any pitcher, and SS in particular, have been picked cleaner than Ambrose Bierce's bones since about mid-2008, on this board.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 8, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Pitchers are risky draft bets; even people wearing pink Red Sox hats know that. What are GMs supposed to do--not draft pitchers? Since pitchers are a risk, draft more of them, not fewer, because you have to have pitchers--it's a rule. In doing so, the best drafters will pay a bunch of them for no good reason; it's just part of the cost of doing business. If none of them work out, then they fire you.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 8, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Even established veteran inning-eaters don't come with guarantees. Anyone remember Brian Lawrence? The guy had never missed a day of work since, like, high school. A lock for 200 innings a year, plenty of quality starts. Blows his arm out on the first day of practice, in the bullpen. Never threw another baseball in a Nats uniform.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 8, 2009 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Fireworks--my Chicago relatives assumed the Fire Chief was upset because the paper didn't have numbers on it.

They're not saying anything.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 8, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

If they don't draft the SS, I'm ok with that. Whomever they have second on their board would be so shocked at being the #1 pick, he'd probably sign the next day, well, maybe not the next day, but I wouldn't think it would take til 8/15 to get it done. SS and SB could then eat cake.

Posted by: cokedispatch | June 8, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I hear the nervousness about SS, it's just I'm getting the negative vibe more about his signability than his durability. (This reminds me of Clark Kellogg's spurtability. Any other -ability words we'd like to coin?)

Good point, couch potato, about the need to stockpile pitchers, although at top-of-first round prices, definitely not worth the expected value. Judging from the pursuit of Teixeira, though, price may not be a factor.

Posted by: paulkp | June 9, 2009 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Yes, I hear the nervousness about SS, it's just I'm getting the negative vibe more about his signability than his durability. (This reminds me of Clark Kellogg's spurtability. Any other -ability words we'd like to coin?)

Good point, couch potato, about the need to stockpile pitchers, although at top-of-first round prices, definitely not worth the expected value. Judging from the pursuit of Teixeira, though, price may not be a factor, for some reason, to the Lerners.

Posted by: paulkp | June 9, 2009 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Did the fire chief pay for his seat? I'm probably naive to think for a minute that he did.

Posted by: nats24 | June 9, 2009 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Wait, you're advised before the game that you should be careful about line drives rocketing into the stands, that bats can slip out of the batters' hands or splinter and end up as projectiles, and DC's fire chief has his britches in a twist because fans can be struck and injured by pieces of paper falling out of the sky?

Some things are beyond satire. "Stupid Beyond Words" for $500, Alex.

Posted by: gilbertbp | June 9, 2009 7:30 AM | Report abuse

The second best player in the draft - Ackley - is also a Boras client. The third best player in the draft might be Crow - a Hendricks brothers client. There is no way to avoid the risk of a high price signing or a high profile failure to siogn. Just take the best player. The player may or may not pan out. I prefer position players, but the consensus choice for top player is Strasburg and thats who they'll take. I've got the over under on signing him at August 1st. I'll take the over.

Posted by: natbisquit | June 9, 2009 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Ok, so I hope that get Stras, of course, and take a nice arm at No. 10, AND I hope they make a splash today by moving Nick or Guz for something we'll need and maybe by waiving Kearns. This is a big day for the franchise, I hope they are bold for change.

And, I blame Acta for the fireworks snafu, of course.

Posted by: dfh21 | June 9, 2009 8:09 AM | Report abuse

I can't see that I would do anything differently than the fire chief did. Protecting people in the District from fire hazards is part of his job; he saw something that concerned him, and halted the situation until it could be reviewed.

Sure, it seems a little curmudgeon-ey but safety (especially in crowds) sometimes is.

Posted by: ihatewalks | June 9, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of Stras, new post.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 9, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

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