When I went to the Nats vs. Red Sox a week ago a good friend of mine, Rob, wanted to come along. But with the game sold out it was impossible to get three tickets next to each other. Instead we decided to catch another game. He had never been to the stadium and wanted to see a game, just like me he is not a big baseball fan, but it’s good to say you did it at least once.
The best day for everyone was a Sunday afternoon game on the 5th of July against the Braves. If Will and Saundra were able to make it for the fourth, I thought this would have been a great way to end their trip to DC. But after getting all interested parties together, it would be my Dad, Nancy, Rob and myself going to the game. We of course followed the same plan as with the Sox game: meet at my Dad’s house, drive to Pentagon City Mall, and Metro to the stadium.
When we arrived because Rob had never been to the stadium we walked around some so he could get a good look at the stadium. We also got food and beer, what would a ball game be without beer? Our seats for this game were right behind the visitor dugout. These seats were covered so when I checked the weather early in the week there was a possibility of rain, but we would have been protected. The weather could not have been more perfect game day. It was in the mid-70’s I believe with near zero humidity. Clouds hung in the sky most of the day, but rain was never a threat. For being the dog days of summer the weather sure was not playing along.
The crowd for the game was much thinner. I should not have seen a sold out game vs. the Red Sox first. There might have been 15,000 people that day and that is probably just because it was a Sunday game after the 4th of July. Everyone is already in the city for the fireworks so why not catch a game. Even with the low turn out the crowds was pretty good. Again there were a lot of Braves fans in the stadium, this time we Nat fans were not outnumbered 4 or 5 to one.
This was the third in a series with Atlanta, tied at 1-1 with the Nats winning the game on Saturday they were heading into game three with the pendulum swinging toward their side. Right from the start the Nats quickly took the lead and by the third inning were up 3-0. The Braves struck back and took a nibble out of that lead in the third with one run scored. By the ninth inning, with the game all but won, the score was 5-1. We were still staying till the final pitch was thrown and the game was officially over. But the Braves had a little life left in them and scored two in the finally inning. It looked like we had a game on our hand and extra inning was a possibility. But with some great pitching the Nats won the game 5-3. My Dad’s win streak was still holding with a win every time he sees a game.
Once the game was over we decided to hang out and let the crowds die down before fighting the crowds on Metro. This time the staff was more vigorous in getting the people out of the seats. With fewer fans in the stadium it was much easier to clear out. Getting kicked out was not a problem, we decided to take the hint and hit the Capitol City Brewery in Shirlington again for some victory drinks. We ponied up to the bar and ordered a round while we savored our teams victory. I couldn’t wait to get to work on Monday and nag John about the Nats victory. He is a huge Braves fan and the lowly Nats won two in the series.
After the first round of drinks it was getting pretty late and we needed to head back to my Dad’s house. My Dad was grilling flank steak and Rob was staying for dinner. With such nice weather we decided to eat out on the deck. But before we left Shirlington we stopped by the Best Buns Bread Co. to get some bread for dinner. While there I also picked up some lemon squares for desert, everything looked so good. When we did get back to his house we started cooking and had some great wine to go with dinner. We sat outside for several hours enjoying dinner and just talking.
It was a great idea Rob had to see a game at the ball park and Sunday was the perfect day to do it. A lazy Sunday afternoon at the ball park, drinks after, and a good home cooked meal on the deck, life is perfect. I can’t wait to do it again.
July 5, 2009