Take Me Out to the Ballgame…


Originally uploaded by tbridge.

There are still a bunch of seats available at RFK, and if you leave right now you can even make it before the first pitch. As I type this, The United States Army Band and the Army Trumpets are taking the field as part of the Opening Day festivities. Ditch that meeting you’re in. Cancel your afternoon appointments. Pledge allegiance to the Nats.

8 Comments so far

  1. b (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 1:21 pm

    if they break 500 this year, let’s cal. it a winning season.

    Meanwhile, GO BoSox!

    and yes, I actually do like the Nats but let’s be realistic

  2. Mik (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 2:07 pm

    I’ll leave early when they play the sox.

  3. Max (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 3:31 pm

    I’ll attend a game when they have a nice stadium to play in which serves edible food and beer other than Bud Light.

  4. Don (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 4:39 pm

    I started to write a detailed response to that, but I’m going to simply call horseshit and leave it at that. If you’re staying home because the stadium isn’t “nice” then you’ll be at one or two games a year once they’re in a “nice” one and who gives a crap about you? You’re an outlier statistic and irrelevant to rational businessmen.

    There’s premium food and beer to be had at RFK already. If you think the new stadium is going to have RFD-quantity variety taps at every concession I have a bridge you can get a good deal on.

  5. Wayan (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 11:26 pm

    I will care when we don’t have to watch baseball. or when I can hang out there, ignore baseball, and have a good time for less than mortgage payment.

  6. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2007 @ 7:27 am

    Wayan, as your mortgage payment is public knowledge, I can definitely assure you it’s less than that for a group of 10 people to go out to the game, sit in the 100 level seats behind homeplate and drink heavily all night.

  7. Max (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2007 @ 10:58 am

    Don, when you’ve experienced baseball at a stadium such as Safeco in Seattle, going to RFK is like a trip to the dentist. I’ll fully admit I’m not a huge baseball fan, so yes, the stadium adds to my enjoyment. RFK is a pit.

  8. Don (unregistered) on April 3rd, 2007 @ 11:44 am

    I don’t dispute there’s nicer parks. Hell, Joe Robbie (or Pro Player or whatever the hell the city commissars are calling it ) back in Miami where I grew up is a nicer stadium than RFK and it’s pretty blah.

    But 99% of what’s wrong at RFK can be fixed at RFK. Tom’s experience of not being able to get a hotdog? Nothing to do with the stadium. Lousy food & beer choices? NtdwtS. Lines, poor service, mediocre entertainment, crappy team… NtdwtS.

    The Marlins (or, more accurately, the management group that staffs and runs Joe Robbie) manage to keep the food available and palatable by staffing reasonably and having the ‘premium’ foods and beers in carts along the causeways, and they do it in a town that is just as fair-weather as this one, if not more so.

    Sure, I’d love to have an Oriole Park quality experience when I see the Nationals, but claiming that it takes a new stadium to have a quality experience is just ignoring the real problem. And, more significantly, it falsely implies that a lot of these problems aren’t going to follow the team to the new location.

    Unless of course the new park has a magic bun-creation faerie that will spell up new buns when the people in charge don’t buy enough to last through inning 7.

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