My Travels – MLB Stadiums: Nationals Park, Washington Nationals (May 28, 2013)

On the Sunday before Memorial Day, Kara and I hopped in the Mazda and headed east. Next stop: Washington, D.C.! We arrived in Washington on the early evening of Memorial Day and visited the war memorials around town. That is one of the most striking memories for me from all our travels. We met two Vietnam veterans who rode their Harleys up from Columbia, MO, of all places! They shared some powerful moments and memories with us and we were honored to shake their hands and thank them for their service.

We headed to Nationals Park to catch the Nationals take on the Orioles. There was an hour and a half long rain delay, but we still caught the entire game. The Nationals beat the Orioles, 9-3, and we checked another park off our list.

Here are some of our highlights from Nationals Park…

  • We were welcomed to the ballpark by the oversized Presidential mascots. Later, they ran a mascot race around the infield.
  • Parking was easily accessible and fairly affordable. The Metro has reasonably close access to the ballpark, but the rain delay caused the last train to depart before the game ended. Boo, hiss, that’s poor form, Metro.
  • Nationals Park gets my vote for the most enthusiastic singing of the national anthem. It was quite an internal struggle to not be “that guy” starting the U-S-A chant after the song. I cheered inside, which is still a win for me.
  • Wait to eat until you’re inside the park. The Nationals organization has done a fantastic job incorporating both baseball and political themes in their marketing for food vendors. The lone butt-scrunch moment was when I saw the booth with the label “Senators Sausages” plastered above. There’s an Anthony Weiner joke in there somewhere.

If you are planning any extended visit to the D.C. area, be sure to check with your local senator’s office about guest passes to the Senate and House of Representatives gallery. There are so many sites to see around the Capitol. You can spend at least three days there, and that’s without even touring any of the Smithsonians! We highly recommend the International Spy Museum.

Jon and Kara - Nationals Park

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