Monday, April 28, 2014

Natitude?????

Dumfries, VA        (Click on Pics to Enlarge)

What the heck is "Natitude" you ask?  It's a marketing slogan used by the Washington Nationals Major League baseball team to encompass the combination of "Nationals" and fan "Attitude". 

We decided to leave TT Chesapeake last Friday and will eventually be heading towards the Escapees RV Club's nationwide rally called the Escapade in Goshen, IN in a couple of weeks.  We had a few days extra in our travel plans so we decided to head back up to Dumfries, VA and catch a couple of Washington Nationals baseball games on Saturday and Sunday.

Platform at the Huntington Station
We learned by living in this area for many years that traffic can be a nightmare on any day of the week.  When we head to the National's Park (in downtown DC) we always ride the Metro System.  You probably don't save much from a money standpoint, but it's worth it to us to avoid the traffic and parking aggravation.

We were able to exit the Metro on Half Street, just a short walk from the center field entrance gates at the park. The ball park was constructed so that you enter at the mezzanine level, so the field is immediately ahead.  Here's the first view of the field as you come thru the gates.

Here's a view from behind home plate.  Our seats were not quite this good, but I will say that there really are no "bad" seats in the park (some just farther away than others).

This was the view from our seats on Saturday. We were in Section 417 (way up there), but still a great vantage point to see the entire field.

Saturday's game was a good one for the home team.  Washington defeated the San Diego Padres 4-0!







We really enjoy the "atmosphere" at Major League ball games.  The sights and smells are all part of that experience.  We're not too fond of the inflated food prices at games, but we always look for deals or coupons when available.  For informational purposes (because neither one of us are beer drinkers) a domestic beer will cost you $9 and a "premium" beer $9.75.  I couldn't afford too many of those even if I was a beer drinker!

We had better seats for Sunday's game (Section 308).  It was a beautiful afternoon for baseball.  Lots of folks in attendance.

Here's a picture of Jason Werth, one of Washington's better players, at bat.

It wasn't all fun and games for the Nats today.  Here's Danny Espinosa after being hit by a pitch.  He was able to get up and continue, however.

There are some great views around the park, as well.  Here is a distant view of the US Capitol from the left field side.

For anyone who remembers the Washington Senators (and I did), you'll remember Frank Howard.  He was one of the stars on a team which didn't win a whole lot of games back in the late 60's and early 70's.  This is a bronze statute commemorating his achievements in baseball.

Unfortunately, the game didn't go as well for the Nationals on Sunday, and they wound up losing 4-2 to the Padres. Attendance was pretty good for both Saturday and Sunday's games and we enjoyed them both.

Oh, I almost forgot, Sunday was Jordan Zimmerman bobblehead day!  That was worth going just for that!  LOL













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