Thursday, 20 May 2010
One mascot has never won the "Presidential Race" at Nationals Park. Teddy Roosevelt. Maybe it's unwillingness to concede. His bully pulpit attitude. Or his is enormous head, which, along with the three remaining noggins of the Mount Rushmore four, make up the absolute most redeeming qualities of DC's baseball home. Which isn't to say there aren't other redeeming qualities of this stadium, just that these four jokers - and their race around center field - are the tits.
Lincoln even came up to me and held still until we got the shot right.
Redeeming quality number 5 was the pair of 5 dollar tickets Buzz and I were able to acquire for the evening, which came with nice views of the Potomac, great peanuts and AAA baseball. Jason Bay, member of my fantasy squad and colossal 2010 bust, did exactly zero, starting pitcher Livan Hernandez drove in half the runs, and the surprisingly surprising Nationals pulled away with a nice little 5-3 victory.
Two cool things to see at a baseball game we got a chance to witness: an inside-the-park home run and a triple play. Watching a guy run as fast as he can, take three left turns and get back to the same spot in 12 seconds is entertaining. Especially when you're watching the Nationals-Mets.
Overall, we'll say this: DC was good to us. The stadium let us in for less than the peanuts. And who gets to meet Abraham Lincoln these days?
Nationals 5, Mets 3
Looking away from the action at Nationals Park. Not bad.