Favorite Friday: Washington Nationals Games

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Baseball season has finally begun! It seems like DC is extra excited this year. After our epic and cold winter, a DISMAL Redskins season, and a less than stellar showing from the Caps, there is renewed hope in the Nats and the promise of warm weather.

When you come from where I come from, professional sports are not really a thing you do. I went to plenty of minor league baseball games as a kid, but that’s all we had. Just a tiny stadium, and while the view of the mountains around that stadium is pretty killer, it’s just not a major league experience. At the first game every season, I find myself stopping and saying “Huh, I’m at a professional sporting event” and I get a little overwhelmed. Silly, I know- but this small town lady still marvels over big city stuff sometimes. It keeps the magic of DC alive, at least.

This season, I am most excited about all the new food and beer options in and around the stadium!  Since last season, two of my favorites, Bluejacket and Nandos have opened outside the stadium. In the past 5 years I’ve been going to games, the stadium has made a commitment to bringing local stuff  inside as well. This season, they’ve added G and even more local microbrew beer options  (3 Stars, DC Brau, Mad Fox, Atlas Brew Works). Last year, I officially decided that there is no better complement to baseball than 3 Stars Lemon Citra Saison. This decision was confirmed last Saturday. I was also tickled to notice that the stands inside the stadium are being renamed (or maybe I just noticed them?) with DC-esque puns.  Steak of the Union made me giggle.

  • My favorite thing: My favorite thing about going to games is just being outside, surrounded by my city-mates, soaking up sun, enjoying American’s favorite pastime. It’s more of a feeling, a full experience. I’m not the biggest baseball fan, I have a hard time paying attention to it for long periods of time, but I love going to games.
  • Why I keep going back: Well, the biggest reason is that the lady’s grandparents keep buying us tickets for Christmas, but more than that, it’s just the thing to do in the warm months. Tickets are more affordable that most other local sports. Someone else we know is always there to run into.
  • Thing I still haven’t tried yet: Next time I’m definitely trying G. It just opened up this season and it’s right behind the multi-game seats we have. One of these days, we’re going to take the water taxi from Old Town to a game.
  • Fun things about this place: The Presidents Race!! The bar area behind the Scoreboard and the $5 before-first-pitch happy hour. The local puns.

 

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