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Opening of what?

April 3, 2007

100_1473.jpgFor all that is good and holy, every single American should go to Opening Day at least one time in their lives…and points for attending an Opening Day game that falls on such a picture-perfect day as yesterday.


The idea started innocently enough, I love baseball and have more than a handful of baseball-loving friends. I also enjoy taking time off of work and this year’s season opener happened to fall during a period of relative quietness on the job. So the question was posed, is there anyone that would like to go in on day-of, cheap seats and take the day off to go to the last Opening Day to be held at good ol’ RFK? 

A chorus of resounding yeses.

Projecting my excitment for my prospective attendace at this season’s first Nats game onto a friend living in Chicago, he retorted…amazed, “Niiiice! How did you score that?”.

In a slightly confused tone, “I asked my girlfriends if they wanted to go with me.”

“But, wow, you scored Opening Day tickets?”

With full realization now, “Oh, honey, I don’t even HAVE tickets yet. The Nats don’t sell out…this is not Wrigley here.” It might have been this simple, factual* statement that would foreshadow the outcome of yesterday’s game but it’s one of the reasons I love the Nats–one doesn’t need the stress of scouring Craig’s List for tickets, just show up. Pay your $9. Grab a beer and have a seat.  You might have to wait 30 minutes-plus for a tasty sausage, but when the baseball Gods bestow a sunshiny, blue-skied Monday to kick off the 131st season of the national pastime, you don’t really care…

Just like you don’t care… 

…when the lunch-time riders roll their eyes at the packed Metro train headed to Stadium Armory. Suckers just don’t know.

…when the business man on the Metro says “Opening of what?” when you tell him that the reason the trains are so packed is because of Opening Day.  Just smile and shake your head and extoll the virtues of a healthy Patterson and young Zimmerman.

…when the home-team loses and your ace pitcher gets shelled and guys are going down with injuries in every other inning. You just shrug your shoulders and hope for the next one.

…when you can’t find the bar you were looking for to hit up after the game. You just stop at the first one you see and order a pitcher of margaritas.

You don’t care because it’s Monday and you skipped work with two girlfriends in tow and went to a baseball game.  Good times. Good times.

*The Nats did sell out the inagural home opener, but not last year and not this year.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 3, 2007 1:12 pm

    Aren’t most of the baseball teams in the league like this? None of the Mets games I’ve been too looked sold out.

    Oh, and did you know that a baseball game takes about 12 minutes to actually play. It’s true! I read it on the ‘internet’

  2. April 3, 2007 1:48 pm

    Ah, that sounds like a perfect day– good friends, gorgeous weather, a beer during the day. Oh, yeah, and the game. 🙂

  3. April 3, 2007 2:34 pm

    “A” pitcher of margaritas? Ha.

    Re: your *. Okay, Marci…I get it, you were right. Does that make you happy? You know more than my friend. Let it go already;-)

  4. April 3, 2007 3:25 pm

    Sounds like a pretty good day. Congrats. sorry the Nats are going to suck so bad this year =(

  5. April 3, 2007 4:41 pm

    Lucky: For most every day games, you are right…but Opening Day sells out a lot. Even small market teams.

    MG!: Yeah, it wasn’t until the 7th inning that we kind of settled down and started watching pitches. It was all just so wonderful.

    Law-friend: Aw, that comment was not for you, I swear! I was just trying to go with full disclosure on the sell-outs. And I meant a pitcher…each?

    B: Meh. As long as the Twins do well, I’ll be fine. I’ll root for the Nats, but I won’t cry if they lose…that would be a lot of tears.

  6. April 4, 2007 8:00 am

    I need to hit the lotto or something so I can do this all season long. Great recap!

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