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May 16, 2012: Nationals vs Pirates

May 21, 2012

We’ll start off this post with an apology: there are posts to be posted, and we haven’t posted them.  Life gets in the way.  In this case, I have been the one who should have been posting, and I’m currently out of town (and yet, writing this), but the hope is that being out of town may also give you some interesting stuff to read.  Curious?  Look for a post later in the week that will explain things.  For now, we’ll go back 5 days to the Nats’ first game against the Pirates on Wednesday.  As a note – I was at the game with my brother and due to a decision to keep score – all photos are taken by him (using my camera).

And there’s nothing like watching the offense work together when things are going well.  We got to witness Bryce Harper hustle out his first MLB triple, and then watch as Ryan Zimmerman sacrificed to bring him home and give the Nats the early lead (spoiler alert: they never lost it).  It’s good to see the Face of the Franchise working with the Young Gun to make big things happen.

We got to see home runs.  LOTS of home runs.  There was Ian Desmond leading off the third with a solo shot.  And then in the sixth, we got to watch Adam LaRoche and Xavier Nady hit back-to-back bombs.

Later in the game, with the bases loaded, LaRoche would hit a 3-RBI double to earn his 1000th major league hit.  Great stuff.

And while the Pirates kept up and were within 1 run for most of the game, everyone on the team played their part to close things out for a curly-W.

On a personal note – the fact that it was Military Appreciation night was special for me.  In addition to my brother, my younger sister joined us for the game.  She’s been in the Navy for 5 years now, and loved being able to come see her hometown Nats for free (and having an excuse to wear the camo Nats cap)!  Spending a perfect night for baseball with my siblings is about as nice a thing as anyone could ask for.

Full photo set from this game can be found here.
And thanks to my bro for playing Jimmy Olsen to my Lois Lane.  🙂


May 5, 2012: Nationals vs Phillies (Natitude Weekend)

May 9, 2012

This past weekend was about Natitude.  What is Natitude?  Well, let’s do a photo essay as a demonstration of what it is based on who has it.  Before the game started, warming up in right field, Jayson Werth was confronted with a crowd of Phillies fans who had bought tickets near him with the sole intent of taunting him during the game.  What was his response?  A tip of the cap.  That’s Natitude.  Follow that up with a three-run bomb in the bottom of the fifth.  Extra Natitude.  🙂

Who else?  Let’s go with the player of the player of the game – Gio Gonzalez.  Not only did he pitch seven solid innings, he had a double in the fifth and scored on Jayson Werth’s home run.  The best part is seeing Gio smile at his offensive success.  Good stuff.

Natitude also means an offensive bonanza.  Not only did we get the Werth homer, but we got one from Desmond…

And another from Chad Tracy.  The long ball executed multiple times against a hated division rival is SERIOUS Natitude.  So much so that it meant that it got the Nats a 7-1 win.  Well done!

And it wasn’t just the players.  This game was on Cinco de Mayo.  In Section 135, this fan in the custom sombrero (a party-store spray-paint job) showed some serious Natitude in leading the crowd with their cheers.

Full face paint means you’re full of Natitude.

And even the kids have the spirit.  And just because the official Natitude Weekend is over, that doesn’t mean we can’t keep packing the park as fans and showing our support for this team.  We’ll see you back at the park next week!

Full album here.

Nats vs Phillies, 5/4/12

May 6, 2012

On Friday, Drew and I headed down to Natitude Park to watch the baseball game. Yup, Natitude Park. Every reference inside the stadium, from the scoreboard to the directional signs, had been changed for the weekend. Totally cheesy? Absolutely. Useful? Well, as of right now, the Nats are up 2-0 in the series.

Although I definitely saw Phillies fans, there certainly weren’t as many of them as there have been in years past. They also weren’t able to dominate the stands. We had a rowdy group sitting in our section, and although they tried, they couldn’t get any cheers to catch on. There were just too many Nats fans!

But how was the baseball you ask?

Well, it turned out to be a perfect night. There were scattered showers around DC all day, but they stayed away for all 11(!) inning of play. Oh, and the moon was out too.

Things were heated from the start – the first three Phillies batters were quickly dispatched, and the Nats took a turn at bat. Bryce Harper was walked, and the Phillies manager came out to argue the call. With no umpire at third to check the call at the plate, Charlie Manuel was quickly tossed (there were only three umps for the whole game – one called in sick).

After that, the umps did a decent job until they robbed us of a run in the 8th! (My untrained eyes clearly saw Ankiel safe at home).

In addition to pitching, we saw Strasburg hit a double in the 3rd. He made it all the way to third with the bases loaded before Werth struck out to end the inning. The Nats got lots of players on base, but had trouble actually get them home. Hence, it took 11 inning to get the job done.

I sincerely hope that the Nats continue to do well and can get people to come to games. It’s a different ballpark with the stands full. The high school girls behind us were especially amusing, going from “Look, it’s Harper! He’s so dreamy!” to explaining things like bunts and balks to a friend who tagged along.

Go Nats!

More pictures here.