Goodbye, RFK


Centerfield

Originally uploaded by philliefan_99.

Yesterday’s trip to RFK was, hopefully, the last one I’ll ever make for a baseball game. The field has been deteriorating through August and September, and the threadbare grass of the outfield forced the groundskeepers to move the Nats’ curly W from dead center, where the grass is all dead, to left-center where a vestige of green remains. The symbolism of the dilapidated grass as metaphor for crumbling stadium shouldn’t be lost on anyone. RFK was a terrible place to watch a game, and judging from the players, a terrible place to play the game, too. So, it was with a great deal of joy that we wished RFK goodbye.

The house, while not as packed as on Opening Day 2005, a respectable 40,000 or so were there to wish the team into the off-season, though there are still a few more games on the road remaining. The biggest cheers of the day came with the introduction of Frank Howard of the Senators, and the biggest boos when Teddy Roosevelt was gypped in the President’s Race (despite the valorous attempts to the contrary by the Nats Bullpen), and the loudest applause came when three long banners were unveiled in left center by fans, proclaiming “Short Still Stinks,” a reference to Senators owner Bob Short who moved the team to Texas in 1971.

The Nats won, though, 5-3 in hold your breath fashion. Cordero looked rough in the 9th, not quite as lights out as he was in seasons past. I was really hoping to see more of Maxwell, as his late-season callup has been full of surprises, but I suspect we’ll see him more next season. Here’s to an off-season full of good trades and pickups.

3 Comments so far

  1. Max (unregistered) on September 24th, 2007 @ 9:33 am

    So long RFK! I can’t wait to see the new stadium.


  2. Kevin (unregistered) on September 24th, 2007 @ 2:54 pm

    Bring on the new joint!


  3. Don (unregistered) on September 24th, 2007 @ 2:56 pm

    I continue to think that the problems with RFK – at least the ones that annoyed me – had more to do with management than anything else. Unless that area gets a kick in the pants I personally am expecting a glossier, more expensive version of the same annoyances.

    So, the chair you sit in while unable to buy a hotdog on opening day will be newer.



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