September 22, 2010: Washington Nationals vs Houston Astros

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Storm clouds over the stadium
Game: #152 – Nationals vs. Astros
Starting Pitchers: Jason Marquis (#21, 2-7, 6.09) vs. Wandy Rodriguez (#51, 2-1, 2.16)
Final Score: Nationals: 4, Astros: 3
Nats New Record: 64-88
Play and Player of the Game: Danny Espinosa hits a 2-run homer immediately as Maggie and Ashley step outside the stadium gates.  In addition to that, he made a pretty awesome double play and is proving just why he deserves to be in the big leagues.
Favorite Non-baseball Moment: Every time Ashley walked away from the game, the Nats scored or got on base.  She had just stepped away to get dinner when Michael Morse hit his home run, and was in the bathroom when Justin Maxwell got on base before Espinosa’s aforementioned homer.
Who was there: Ashley and Maggie (Maggie’s cousin Kate also was there with her office, but did not sit with the FLoB)
Our Records: Ashley – 10-10; Maggie – 11-14
Where did we sit: As a September treat, we used a discount to get seats in the Club level (Section 214).  The seats were amazing, but our only gripe was that sitting directly behind home plate, the backstop net was in the way for photos and game watching.  There were also quite a few wires in the way.  BUT – an otherwise fantastic view, cushy seats, better food options in the Stars & Stripes Club (see below), and the people sitting in our area were really enthusiastic.  All in all, a good experience, and definitely a bit of a splurge.
What did we eat: Maggie had a chicken parmesan sandwich, which was decent – the same “fried chicken” patty that is used in the chicken and waffles, with a slice of provolone, and marinara sauce.  Definitely sloppy to eat.  Ashley had a roast beef sandwich which she liked a lot – it was quite juicy, but the carving station where it came from was out of horseradish sauce and instead used dijon mayonnaise.
President’s Race: Finally, a little creativity with the race!  All the presidents stepped out beforehand to have a dizzy bat race.  But Teddy cheated and took off without getting dizzy.  He had a great lead, and both Ashley and Maggie were sure he would get disqualified for not being dizzy, but instead he fell down just before the finish line, and George took the win.

Other Observations:
– Ashley was particularly sad to see that Adam Dunn had an injured hand due to getting pegged in the hand earlier in the game.
– There was a crazy lightning storm happening at the same time as the game.  Sadly, neither of us were able to snap a picture of the lightning as it lit up a humid end-of-summer sky.
– A few news items: we’re glad to see that there’s no way for our Nats to lose 100 games this year, but we’re sad to see Stan Kasten leave at the end of the season.

Marquis pitching

Bernadina makes a diving catch

From the dugout

(the rest of the album from this game can be seen here)
(videos from this and other games can be seen here)

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