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* Metro says that just under 21,500 fans used the Navy Yard Metro station for Sunday night's opener at Nationals Park, following the 15,141 who did so for the Saturday exhibition. (I wonder how many used Capitol South, or got off at Union Station and took the N22.) WJLA and others say that the station was cleared within a half-hour of the game's end, which can be verified by looking at last night's shots from the 55 M construction web cam.
* Moving on to the next huge event, the WashTimes says that 45,000 bar-coded tickets to the April 17 mass by Pope Benedict have arrived, and should be going out to parishes next week. Scalpers will be condemned to eternal hellfire and damnation.
* There's a nice piece in the April Hill Rag (UPDATED: now online) about this here Obsessive Compulsive Time-Sucking Vortex. And there's also a shout-out in this Virginian-Pilot story on the ballpark.
* On the flip side, I can't help but cackle at what was written in an online column by the San Antonio Express-News [emphasis mine]: "If you're craving actual photos of [Nationals Park] -- including work-in-progress updates -- go to the ballpark homepage for the Near Southeast DC Redevelopment agency. Sure, these people have a vested interest, but they also have lots of photos, a construction webcam and a well-done Q-and-A section on the park." I'm an agency now? Usually I'm just a development company. But, a note for readers who don't realize it: I'm none of the above. (I don't work for the Nats, either.) I'm just me.
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Tom says: (3/31/08 1:28 PM)
Thank you for all the wonderful photos. Question: could you post some larger, high-res shots of the Sunday night ballpark? I am looking for a really nice shot to use as my wallpaper.

Thanks for all your hard work!


JD says: (3/31/08 1:33 PM)
Sorry, no hi-res for Opening Night. They'll end up anywhere and everywhere. (Just ask Bruce Johnson.)


Tom says: (3/31/08 2:07 PM)
I hope so! Would appreciate if you could direct us to them if you see them posted anywhere...


Kimberly says: (3/31/08 3:06 PM)
Just goes to prove that reporters don't completely verify what they write. The weblink isn't even to the MLB site, but to yours. I know that I get sick of seeing all your hardwork, not recognized.

I, for one appreciate everyting you do. Thank You!!


SE Neighbor says: (3/31/08 3:36 PM)
They obviously know nothing about DC agencies. If in fact you were, your site would be woefully out of date, generally useless and impossible to navigate. It is anything BUT that! Thanks again, JD, for your great work...and love the pics from the weekend!!!


1st Base Coach says: (3/31/08 8:09 PM)
Okay. We got the ballpark done. But that was the easy part!

Now it's time for the really hard work:
- Half Street (both sides),
- Florida Rock (sorry, that's the only name I'll ever acknowledge),
- the Yards,
- Canal Park,
- all the condos above M Street

Just because the ball Park is open doesn't mean your hard core readers are going away.

Let's get busy!


Daniel Kessler says: (3/31/08 10:53 PM)
And, to add onto what 1st Base Coach has to say, Maritime Plaza. Wow, I am starting to get spoiled by your comprehensive coverage, JD.

That was some heck of a ballgame to start the season. For instance, how often is it that the president calls the first home run? I'm definitely not feeling those parking garages, though, which were definitely a bit of an eyesore, even on TV. I hope they get knocked down someday and are replaced with something more aesthetically pleasing. Philip Kennicott's suggestion of a garden in his article "The Diamond Isn't a Gen" was a good idea.


uniongirl says: (4/1/08 3:54 PM)
Oh, JD, you're all those things to us, and way more!!


Dave Shepherd says: (4/1/08 8:11 PM)
Wonder how long the construction cam's going to be kept on? It's still current as of now (April 1, 8:05 PM).

Thank you, JD, for all the great work you've done the past few years.

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