I'm inclined to wonder if attendance is sharply down this year, what with the team struggling along three games under .500...what makes me wonder is that I'm getting all kinds of discount ticket offers in my mailbox from the Nationals. A BOGO offer as a reward for supporting Ian Desmond in the All-Star balloting. Buy one, get 40% off the second. Another discount offer in return for telling them why I haven't shown up since last year. I know one of the things that keeps me from showing up more often is the sheer ballbreaking expense and hassle of the whole thing. Taking the Metro is going to cost me at least $15 when you factor in parking at this end, taking the Toaster costs much the same if I want to park near the ballpark, and then we get to the ballpark itself. The concessions are all hideously expensive - they make hotel prices during conventions look reasonable by comparison. Bottled soda $4.25, water the same, fountain soda $4.75, and everything else is even worse. Anyone with more sense than money is going to eat before they go to the park unless they take advantage of the Harris Teeter Family Fun Pack, The Beltway Burger Pack, or Dollar Dog nights, and the last will require standing in line...ah, who am I kidding, pretty much all of the concession stands have lines. If I had any brains I'd just stay home, listen to the radio, and nosh on seeds while sipping a cold Diet Coke. But since I don't, I'll probably go downtown for a couple more games this season, hopefully with better results.
*Okay, to be fair, there were a decent number of attractive young women in my section.