The Nationals have returned home
just in time for Independence Day, and are pulling out all stops
during their three-game homestand that starts tonight against the San Francisco Giants, the second best team in the National League (behind, um, the Nats, actually). Residents should be prepared for some huge crowds, and some unusual start times:
* Tonight's game starts at 6:35 pm, and includes the inaugural "Ignite Your Natitude Tweet-Up
," offering giveaways, scavenger hunts and more while "offering a unique, interactive fan experience for all @Nationals
Twitter followers in attendance."
And, after the game, fireworks!
* The July 4 game starts at the crack-of-dawn hour of 11 am, and offers a $39 brunch buffet
at the Red Porch from 9 am to noon. (Bloody Marys and Mimosas available separately.) Breakfast items will be available at the Dupont Deli and Grand Slam concession stands on the concourse level as well as in the Stars and Stripes Club. This early start then gives you plenty of time to get to the Mall and position yourself for the inevitable heatstroke.
* Thursday's game is Turn Back the Clock Night, celebrating the 1924 World Series
, where the Senators/Nationals beat the (New York) Giants with a stunning 4-3 win in the bottom of the 12th inning in the seventh game. Both teams will wear replica 1924 uniforms, while gameday staff, crew, and mascots will be dressed in 1920s attire. (Plus, organ music!) There will also be replica 1924 World Series scorecards handed out to the first 10,000 fans entering through the Center Field Gate, along with replica W.B. Mason trucks to the first 15,000. The only thing not-throwback about the game will be the 7:05 pm start time, since the first Major League Baseball game under the lights didn't happen until 1935