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April 21, 2008
From journal Take Me Out to the Ballgame
July 11, 2005
The Washington Nationals are the official big-league ball club for D.C., and if you're visiting Washington during the season (April through September, and October if we're lucky), you have to visit Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium ("RFK," or "the Bobby" to locals) and see a game. Buy a hot dog (better yet, get the Italian sausage or the chorizo dog). Buy a beer. Watch baseball. It's that simple.
You can get tickets for as little as $7, which will put you in the outfield. Many times, you can "upgrade" your seats (unofficially) by moving to a better seating area where you notice no one is sitting.
If you want a fun experience, sit on the first deck along the third base line, which is behind the Nationals’ dugout, along the 120s or 220s. (I’m not sure I know of another MLB ballpark where the home team’s dugout is along the third base line.) These stands shake because they move so that the stadium can be converted for either baseball or soccer. When the Nats score, the fans jump up and down and the entire stands will shake. Just don’t spill your beer.
But it gets crowded -- the Nats are hot, in first place in their division (National League East), so games can get crowded. But this town is so excited to have baseball after such a long drought that everyone is just happy to be there.
Order online at www.nationals.com. See a seating chart at http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/was/ticketing/seating_pricing.jsp.
To get there, take the Metro on either the Orange or Blue lines to Stadium-Armory. Just follow the crowds.
From journal My Washington