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Raw Fisher: Toast

If today's weren't the last installment of Raw Fisher, I might be writing about a small victory -- the District's decision yesterday to save the Eastern Branch and two other Boys & Girls Clubs, a cause I've tried to champion here for years -- or about Half A Tank, a new blog chronicling a journey across the Washington region and beyond by a Post photographer and writer searching for the stories of this recession. But today is the end of this particular road, and so I thought I'd use this last moment to offer readers one final chance to explain...

By Marc Fisher | June 4, 2009; 07:21 AM ET | Comments (12)

Will Nats Make D.C. Divorce Rate Plummet?

The Washington Nationals are in contention to be the worst major league baseball team since the legendary 1962 New York Mets, but does the mere presence of a baseball franchise so powerfully change men's attitudes that it can substantially reduce a metropolitan area's divorce rate? Researchers at University of Denver and Texas A&M have published a study that says cities with Major League Baseball franchises boast divorce rates 28 percent lower than rates in other cities that don't yet have teams. In Denver, for example, the divorce rate fell by 20 percent between 1990--before the Colorado Rockies were created--and...

By Marc Fisher | April 28, 2009; 08:10 AM ET | Comments (5)

Endless Summer: Inside A Baseball Losing Streak

The only team in baseball that has not yet won a game this season looked exciting, pathetic and hopeless in their home opener yesterday. The Washington Nationals had fans groaning, laughing (at, not with), cheering and jeering, all on a day that was supposed to be about hope and possibility. It was all too reminiscent of another spring, 21 years ago, back when the Baltimore Orioles were what passed for a local team around here. I spent a chunk of that summer traveling with the Orioles to write about their historic losing streak--21 straight miserable games--that started the season,...

By Marc Fisher | April 14, 2009; 01:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nats '09: Great Crab, New Flags, But Will They Come?

The new Crab Louie sandwiches are genuinely good--not ok for a ballpark, but genuinely high-quality. The big hit among stadium food offerings last year was the half-smokes from Ben's Chili Bowl, so there'll be more of them at Nationals Park this year--a new Ben's outlet on the upper deck, and four additional Ben's carts sprinkled around the stadium. The racing presidents, the ballpark's most successful gimmick, are now works of art--life-sized bobblehead sculptures right at the stadium's main entrance, standing ready for your snapshots. The Washington Nationals--facing the triple whammy of the sophomore slump at a new stadium, a...

By Marc Fisher | April 10, 2009; 08:21 AM ET | Comments (10)

Nats Town: Empty Lots, With Sprouts Of Hope

There was supposed to be a neighborhood here -- teeming streets, happy people sharing nights of cheer and cheers . . . even, perhaps, an occasional win. Instead, the blocks around Washington's new baseball stadium remain largely empty, an eerie expanse of flattened lots so bereft of activity that they can be used for but one thing -- parking. The promise that the return of baseball brought to this forlorn part of Washington seems distant now. One hundred and fifty-four buildings have been demolished in what used to be the city's industrial zone, a back lot dotted with seedy nightspots...

By Marc Fisher | April 9, 2009; 08:55 AM ET | Comments (4)


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