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Our visit to Nats Park

April 28, 2008

This past Sunday myself, B-Brody, Mark, and Laura ventured out of the burg to catch the Nationals Cubs game. This would be my first trip to the new ballpark. We started off stopping by to meet up with Pat and Sarah(his friend from Law school, who would later make sure I did not look like a 5 y/o with mustard all over my face) We met up with this twosome in Clarendon at Pats little bros place(free parking)We took the metro from there to the Navy Yard. Exiting the metro station I got my first view of the ballpark. This is what my first glance of Nats Park looked like We then proceeded to the ticket counter to find the cheapest tickets for six, luckily not a sell out. Yet no dice on the $5-10 tickets, we ended up with seats in section 242 right for 29$each in front of the scoreboard in right field. We made our walk through the gates, where they checked the girls purses but nothing but a metal detector for the fellas. I made a mental note of this, reminding myself (if I decide to) I can bring plastic liquor bottles next time I come. My first view once in the stadium was of the beautiful scoreboard. Which would be the last time I could see it until the end. We walked up the steps where we were greeted with this beautiful billboard.
We proceeded to our seats, which gave us a perfect view of the field. I have to believe that there is not a bad seat in the house at this ballpark(All the seats are angled towards homeplate). Here is what our view looked like. One of the first things we noticed, was there was no staple or truly identifying factors to this ballpark to distinguish it from others. Brody also pointed out how impossible it is to see the out-of-town scoreboard. Other than those factors, I love this ballpark, it is a complete 180 from old RFK. My main goal of this afternoon was to try a bens half smoke(all the way). It was one of the three reasons(reason 2-brodys cub fan-dom,reason 3-what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon) for this visit on a cold and rainy afternoon. Now to the food, just in the area of the stadium that we were in there was; cantina marina, multiple beer and hotdog stands, a deli (which offers kosher selections), five guys, slice down the line(pizza),pretzel stands (according to mark and laura, stay away, worst pretzel they have ever had) and more beer stands. The choices are a plenty and very accessible. All in all the experience was great, I got my half-smoke (best thing in the ballpark) and got mustard everywhere, Nats won 2-0, and we were lucky enough to avoid the mess after the game by walking a couple blocks right or north from the stadium to the next navy yard stop. If if you have not had a chance to partake in a game at Nats stadium, you should and I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Ill leave you with a photo of 4/6 that went to the game(notice Brody trying to copy Nick Johnsons photo). Next up is Bruce Springsteen in Charlottesville this Wed.

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