Nats vs. Reds


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My parent company, Van Metre, got all the department heads together yesterday for a company event. They rented a suite at Nationals Park for a game against the Reds. I have been to a few games before but never have I been to a suite at the Nats, or any professional game for that matter. It was a great opportunity to meet and greet the other department heads while enjoying a relaxed environment and a few beers.

A few of us ICM employees meet at Bluejacket’s for a pre-game happy hour. I remember reading about this brewpub in DC almost two years ago. It took them a while to open and longer for me to visit but the wait was worth it. My dad and I always wanted to see a Nats game and stop here for a drink or three. I sampled three of their beers and I must say I was most impressed with Twit. This sour wheat sure hit the spot for me. Clean, crisps, with a great tart taste that didn’t make me pucker. I unfortunately didn’t make it inside the restaurant, Derek said it is a sight to behold so I certainly look forward to coming back and sampling some more beers inside the restaurant this time.


It took no time at all to walk to the stadium and then I had to find the suite. I actually stopped and asked around because the signs did little to direct me where I needed to go. Eventually I found the suite and I must saw I was impressed. You could certainly get a better view with a closer seat but the amenities are what counted here. From the suite you could see the entire field without straining your neck. Free food, cold beer (poor selection but it’s hard to pass up free) and even a pool table. It was funny, first time in a suite and I needed to pee. I step outside and find a guy who informed me the suite had facilities, two in fact. Not sure if I will get another chance like this but it certainly was fun.

an empty suite

As for the game it was pretty good. First few inning it was a goose egg all around. In the fourth inning Cincinnati went up and proceeded to score again in the fifth. We eventually got a run and not until the ninth did we tie it up, we went to extra innings. By this point everyone had left except Tim, Cathy and I. They bailed during the tenth and I stayed till the 11th. Unfortunately I had to catch the train home so I couldn’t stay till the final pitch. I kept up with the score from my phone and we eventually lost 4-3 in the 15th inning. I almost made it home before the game ended it was so long.

It was a fantastic evening. Bluejacket kicked ass and it was great to hang out with some of my co-workers. The suite was awesome and it was a great opportunity to network with other department heads from Van Metre. I know they are planning another outing to Nationals Park in August, this time opened to everyone in the company and our spouses which will be fun. I love what I do and love my company.

May 19th 2014

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