Parking at Nationals Park? Piece of Cake!

The presidential primaries have got nothing on the Washington Metro when it comes to negative advertising. Every day, I am bombarded by radio ads telling me that if I choose to drive to Nationals park, I will not find parking, miss the entire game, and regret it for the rest of my life.

What’s wrong with this picture?

As thousands of fans can testify, the free Nats Express parking has been a piece of cake since opening day. Simply drive to Lot 8 at RFK Stadium, hop on one of many
waiting shuttle buses, and be at the park in 10 minutes. There is never a traffic problem getting to Lot 8 via 395, and even after a game, the buses move quickly.

This week, as promised, my son and I decided to try one of the new cash parking lots which surround Nationals Park.

We chose Lot HH, because at $15.00 per game it’s the cheapest cash parking option, and while valet parking sounds convenient, it’s not likely to appeal to the masses.

Cash Lot HH at Nationals Park feels like one of those secrets reserved for DC residents in the know. The location is on South Capitol Street underneath the I-395 ramps — not easy to find if you’re not looking for it, but easy to get to from the C Street exit on the Southeast-Southwest Freeway.

Yes, it sounds like a scary location, but as you can see it was all well-lit, with it’s own traffic light and crosswalk to set you on your way to Nationals Park or back home without any hassles.

The parking lot was practically empty despite a near-sellout game, and the walk to the Nationals Park gate was a safe and leisurely 10 minutes, accompanied both ways by fans heading from the Capitol South metro stop.

As for traffic, here’s South Capitol Street right in front of Nationals Park a half hour before the first pitch on a dreaded weeknight.

So Metro, I have to ask, “Where’s the beef?” In reality, the worst backups I’ve seen near Nationals Park have been at the entrance to the Navy Yard Metro station.

I’m a big fan of Metro, but the team has got to put a stop to this scare campaign, which is keeping people away from the park. Stan Kasten and Adrian Fenty should both be calling for Metro to fire its ad agency and start over.

Teddy Tripped Up Again – Is This a Trend?

For the second straight day, Teddy Roosevelt took a big lead in the presidents race at Nationals Park, only to be tripped up by fan interference.

In the 4th inning of today’s exciting 2-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs, Teddy dashed out once again in front of George, Tom, and Abe; but as he made the turn around the warning track by the foul pole, a banana in pajamas ran out onto the field and laid right in Teddy’s path. “Look out, Teddy!” the announcer yelled, but it was too late. Teddy slipped on the banana, turning a
sure-thing victory into a quite unappealing defeat.

Yesterday’s panther attack was humiliation enough. Now one of the greatest presidents in U.S. history is being made the butt of a giant banana peel joke. Is this a sign of things to come for the rest of the homestand? For the 2nd straight day, our 26th president didn’t cheat and still had the lead. The homestand’s not over. It’s time to Let Teddy Win!

Photos by alert flickr users
The Ardvaark and The West End.

Panther Attacks Teddy Roosevelt During Presidents Race

Just when you thought you’d seen it all, when you thought Teddy had lost the presidents race in every conceivable way, comes the inconceivable at Nationals Park.

On Saturday night in front of a restless crowd watching the Washington Nationals trail the Chicago Cubs by a score of 5-0 in the fourth inning, Teddy broke from the pack just as he had done the night before. However, on this night, he stuck to the rules and ran a clean race. No cheating, no cutting the outfield corners, just looking like he was going to hang onto the lead from wire to wire.

That’s when the panther — yes, a panther — pounced out from the stands and tackled him, stunning the crowd and bringing a chorus of boos as the other presidents raced by. Thanks to Miss Chatter for snapping the photo. In all the confusion, did anybody see who won? More importantly, is Teddy okay?

Teddy, Teddy, Teddy…


Thanks Miss Chatter for capturing and sending me this additional footage from the broadcast. As you can see at the end of the clip, the Let Teddy Win! contingent was out last night.

Comparing the 2 videos, it’s easy to see why fans on the first base line thought Teddy was robbed, while fans in other parts of the stadium had a better view of his cheating behavior.

Teddy, Teddy, Teddy… You didn’t have to cheat. You had the lead! We’ll see if he’s learned his lesson by tonight’s game.

Teddy Caught Cheating, but the Nats Prevail

Ask any struggling Nats hitter — when you’re in a slump, it’s easy to press too hard and attempt to do too much with one swing. Well, there’s no bigger slump than Teddy’s current losing streak, and tonight he succumbed to the pressure.

While Will Nieves was cooking up his late game heroics to lead the Nationals to victory, Teddy was busy blowing it for the 127th consecutive time. Tonight he shot out of the gate with a commanding lead, and looked like he could cruise to victory, but when he came to the outfield turn, he left the warning track and cut across the outfield.


Note the presidents race 2008 rally signs in the stands near the end of the clip!

No sooner had Teddy crossed the finish line then the judges announced his disqualification. The boos ensued. Whether people were booing Teddy’s unscrupulous effort or the larger injustice of Teddy’s losing streak is hard to say.

Just What the Doctor Ordered

This weekend should draw huge crowds at Nationals Park starting with tonight’s game against the Chicago Cubs, and the warm weather plus some well-timed heroics by Felipe Lopez may be just the thing the Nationals needed to spark a turnaround. This is a long homestand, and Nationals fans have probably started to figure out that the Metro’s continuing fear campaign about Nationals Park has no basis in fact.

The Nats Express continues to be a smooth and easy free option for parking at Nationals Park (even on Saturday when DC United will be playing at RFK), and with the Nationals having also announced the availability of cash parking near the park for home games, I may give it a try tonight, just to report on how smoothly it goes. By all accounts, the $15.00 lot is a short, safe, well-lit walk from the park.

With the weather turning warm, I hope to see all of you who’ve been ordering Let Teddy Win! t-shirts to show up and show your support for our favorite president. After each race, the presidents reach the finish line near the Nationals dugout, then head up the aisle by section 127. Wear your shirts tonight and join us in the aisle at the bottom of section 128 with a “Let Teddy Win” cheer in middle of the 4th inning!

No Divine Intervention at Nationals Park

Nationals fans had high hopes that the Pope Benedict XVI might leave behind some holy mojo for the home team after presiding over mass at Nationals Park just a few days ago.

Unfortunately, Mets pitcher Johan Santana had other ideas, scattering 7 hits and ruining another good outing by Nationals pitcher Tim Redding to kick off the Nationals’ longest homestand of the season.

Sadly, Teddy Roosevelt wasn’t feeling it either, as Abraham Lincoln kicked off the homestand by moving into a tie with Thomas Jefferson for the season lead in the presidents race.

Worst of all was the presence of a vocal minority of Mets fans at Nationals Park — the first time we’ve heard such a heavy rooting contingent for the visiting team since our new stadium opened.

I suppose I shouldn’t complain too loudly since I’ll be at Verizon Center for the Wizards playoff game on Thursday night, but it sure would be nice if tomorrow’s crowd at Nationals Park was a little more vocal in support of Shawn Hill. Cheer for Teddy(!), and I’ll see you in section 128 for Friday night’s game against the Cubs.

Photo by Flickr user cyurasko

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