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Getting to the ballpark was a pain in the ass, thanks partially to a mechanical failure on the Blue Line train I would have caught from Van Dorn. The other part was some nimrod deciding that 4:35 on a weekday is a peachy time for a game in a major metropolitan area. Metro is usually packed to the gunwales during rush hour as it is, and adding another 20,000 baseball fans didn't help that crowding one damn bit.

The station's center field gates are just a block from the Navy Yard Metro station, and in that block I obtained a ticket in section 418 for $10. Despite being half an hour late, I apparently was still one of the first 20,000 fans through the gates, and so I'm now the proud possessor of a Curly W fleece security blanket. I'd grabbed some lunch before heading to the ball park, but by the time I was done climbing up to the 4th floor and finding my section, which as you can see from the map is diametrically opposite the CF gate, I was damn thirsty and indulged in a Diet Coke. The game was pretty depressing until the bottom of the ninth, when Mets closer Freddy Rodriguez walked the bases loaded, then walked Adam Dunn to make it 4-3. Came then to the plate Justin Maxwell, a September call-up who worked the count full and then jacked one down the third base line and into the stands. Park went nuts, fireworks went off, people were cheering and hollering like they'd just won the pennant. Pretty awesome. Only down side for me was that it got cold enough up there in the nosebleed seats that I had to break out the security blanket and wrap myself up; serves me right for not bringing my field jacket.

I have to admit that the team hasn't played well for most of the year, hobbled by poor defense and pitching, but this last couple of months they have fought hard to the end and pulled off several come-from-behind wins. The team has the potential to be at least a .500 team next year if the defense tightens up and the leadoff men concentrate on getting on base instead of trying to hit dingers all the time. We'll see how it goes in 2010.



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Oct. 2nd, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
As someone who frequents that neighborhood in the evening, I'm glad that the Nats suck so badly - helps keep traffic from being annoying.

Meanwhile, the Phillies, my hometown team which sucked throughout my childhood except for that red herring in 1980, are on track to defend their World Series title, having clinched the NL East last night. *boggle*


Oct. 2nd, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
The Phillies have been a longtime favorite of mine, ever since the "Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves" team that won the pennant in '93 and came oh, so close to beating the Blue Jays in the World Series. I have really mixed feelings when they play the Nats, but I'll be pulling for them in the NLDS and (hopefully) the Series.
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