As always – this list is a work in progress!
Are you a sports person? I’m sure if you’ve followed this blog for even a short amount of time, you’ve realized I’m just a little bit obsessed with my Washington Nationals. I attended my first game way back in July of 2013, fell in love (it also didn’t hurt that the team is nicknamed the “Nats”) and haven’t looked back since.
I recently discovered; courtesy of the podcast Nats Talk on the Go, that a book was coming out titled 100 Things Nationals Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die and I immediately hopped onto Amazon and got myself a copy! I’ve been poring over it for a few weeks now and I decided to make myself a Nationals “bucket list” so to speak.
There are only 15 things on this list – so it would seem like I don’t have too much to accomplish. However, some of them will require time…money…luck…or a healthy mix of all three. So, we’ll see how long it might take for me to complete the 15 things on this bucket list! I think I’m off to a pretty good start!
One. Cheer on the Racing Presidents – The President’s Race takes place in the fourth inning of every home game, so going to even just one game will easily accomplish this. Teddy Roosevelt is a big fan favorite…mostly because he tends to lose…a LOT. My personal favorite? Abe! I’ve completed the first thing on the list multiple times…and will complete it over and over again this season! Go Abe!
Nationals Park and Camden Yards are less than 40 miles apart and it’s safe to say the Nationals have “stolen” some Orioles fans away over the past eleven years. The two teams only play 4-6 times a year and the match-up has been dubbed the Battle of the Beltway; the beltway being the name for the stretch on interstate between DC and Baltimore. I watched a game in 2015’s Battle of the Beltway series on July 11 at Camden Yards – and cheered my Nationals to a victory!
The second way to take a Nationals Road Trip is to pick a baseball city in close proximity, buy your tickets and go! Some cities in close proximity to DC? Baltimore – less than 40 miles, Philadelphia – just 134 miles, Pittsburgh – 228 miles and New York City…which offers two options: the Mets (gross) – 245 miles, or the Yankees – 236 miles. So…there you have it.
Where shall I go?
This is one of those things that will require money…and of course, luck…since there are only so many tickets to go around. Should I start stock-piling the cash now? Probably.
The stadium has also played host to a multitude of concerts but has spent the last twenty years serving as the home base for DC United. The timeline on seeing RFK Stadium is rather short; the stadium has been in something of a decline for years now and with the ground having already been broken on DC United’s new stadium, it’s only a matter of time before RFK is a thing of the past. I’ve got until 2018 to check this out!
Seven. Watch the Nat’s Minor League Team(s) – There are five teams in the National’s Minor League System; listed below…. catching a Potomac Nationals or Hagerstown Suns game seems the most likely…
AAA – Syracuse Chiefs; located in Syracuse, New York (AAA offers a look at the players that are literally one step away from the major leagues…)
AA – Harrisburg Senators; located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (The AA Senators are where the Nats send players for rehab starts; Stephen Strasburg, Denard Span and Anthony Rendon all spent part of 2015 here…)
A – Potomac Nationals; located in Woodbridge, Virginia (Fun fact: Bryce Harper’s older brother Bryan is a pitcher for the P-Nats)
A – Hagerstown Suns; located in Hagerstown, Maryland
A- Auburn Doubledays; located in Auburn, New York
I’m not sure how you’d go about meeting the Lerners…although since they always sit in the Lexus Presidents Club Seats, perhaps it ties into number nine?
Sitting in seats at the Lexus Presidents Club also allow you access to a gourmet buffet, the Oval Office Bar, the ability to watch from above as the Nationals taking batting practice before games and even catch press conferences after games…mere feet away from the media, players and coaches.
Does it count that I sat in the Lexus Presidents Club seats on my tour of Nationals Park?? I didn’t think so… Maybe one year for a “big” birthday…35 perhaps??
This one is just a matter of reading my book and learning the names…I do know Frank Robinson is the most recent addition; he was the first manager of the newly created Washington Nationals from 2005 – 2006 and his name was added to the Ring of Honor on May 9, 2015. I know…because I was there!
|Mission Accomplished – June 30, 2016|
*I think I’d like to do this one again – perhaps when it wasn’t raining? Maybe it can become a tradition….*
|So..we didn’t get the Curly W & the weather was crummy…but done – July 4, 2016|
So – it’s only a matter of time before this one is checked off the list! A matter of time indeed; this one was checked off the list on July 30, 2016!
Not Yet Completed
*My ideas were cultivated from the book 100 Things Nationals Fan Should Know & Do Before They Die by Jake Russell. If you are interested in a copy, you can grab your own here. And if for some crazy reason you cheer for some other MLB team (why…why would you ever do that??) then I’ve noticed they also seem to have books just like this one – so that’s cool. I guess.*