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The Nats' regular season came to a close on Sunday, and did so in stunning fashion thanks to Jordan Zimmermannnnnnnnn's no-hitter, making it especially memorable for people who were at the game. (Let's not talk about people who were at the game but who left early because the sun had come back out and there were tons of pictures needing to be taken and the starters were being pulled anyway and no-hitters never actually happen. But who on earth would ever do THAT?)
The Natitude outside the ballpark had already started ramping up over the past few weeks, as evidenced here, but no doubt there will be much more to come before Friday's opening game of the National League Division Series.
Over the weekend, the Post featured and article about how the neighborhood isn't just tied to the ballpark anymore (uh, okay....), and this morning it was announced that American University will foot the bill for "special late-night train service, as needed, following post-season games Sunday through Thursday nights that are still in play as of 10:30 p.m.,” and that "in the event of a rain delay or extra innings, provisions are in place to extend service as late as 1:20 a.m., if necessary."
There will of course be more news later in the week as Friday's game time is announced and as fans and nearby establishments gear up for the onslaught, etc. UPDATE: The Nationals have tweeted that Game 1 will be at either 12:07pm or 3:07pm on Friday, Oct. 3, depending on whether the opponent is the Pirates or the Giants. Game 2 will be at 5:37 pm.
In the meantime, I did throw together a gallery of the shots I was taking inside the ballpark as JZimm was marching toward history, knowing that these will be forever tied to my most embarrassing day as a Nats fan.
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conngs0 says: (9/30/14 9:45 AM)
JD! No! You didn't leave a no-hitter! I was just talking to a buddy about the first game at Nats Park. He left early because his wife wasn't feeling well and thus wound up missing Ryan Zimmerman's walk-off home run to beat the Braves. Heartbreaking!

Sadly I didn't have an opportunity to go to the no-hitter game, but I made it a point to walk around the neighborhood when it ended, and the entire neighborhood was buzzing. What a great way to transition from the regular season to October. I sure hope the Nats have a deep playoff run in them!


JD says: (9/30/14 9:57 AM)
It is, alas, true. I left, and will bear the shame and scars for years to come. But at least I left out of ignorance, not realizing a no-hitter was still in play, rather than leaving knowing it was!


JD says: (9/30/14 9:58 AM)
(And, now that you mention it, I left the first game at Nats Park for the same reason you mention--so sick and exhausted from the run-up to the ballpark getting finished, and it was SO FREAKING COLD AND WET that night.)


conngs0 says: (10/1/14 8:50 AM)
JD, this is not a good pattern to establish. If you tell me that you were at Game 4 of the 2012 NLDS but left before Werth's walk-off, then I think that would pretty much mean you aren't allowed to stay for the completion of any significant Nats games (In the immortal words of Crash Davis, "never [mess] with a winning streak!").


JD says: (10/1/14 9:01 AM)
I was not! But I was at Gio's complete game shutout in 2012, and Strasburg's 14 K debut, and stayed for the whole game each time. In fact, the two games of shame are the only ones I can remember leaving early. I even stayed all the way through a 14-inning night game in 2008.

So there! Nyaah! :-)



conngs0 says: (10/1/14 9:24 AM)
Good to hear! I'd hate for your enjoyment of the games fall prey to superstition.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFlm7zZik80


Gamble Rogers says: (10/1/14 1:21 PM)
If it make you feel better, JD, I picked up tickets for my neighbor and three-year-old son, hoping to put him down for nap and meet at the ballpark around the third or fourth inning. As Boy Van Winkle's epic nap stretched late into the game -- while my neighbor texted, "I just bought the last beer of the regular season. And Zimmerman is throwing a no-hitter." -- I considered waking him and going to the game.

Alas, Zimmerman's quick work on Miami ensured that we missed the game and ate the cost of tickets.

The angel on my shoulder says, "Hey, at least you tried to be a good parent." Meanwhile, the devil on my shoulder says, "You missed beer and a no-hitter! If you woulda woke the kid up, think of the fun you woulda had! Shoulda done it."


JD says: (10/1/14 1:37 PM)
@Gamble--At first I was trying to decide why you were babysitting for your neighbor's three-year-old. :-)

It really just wasn't my weekend at the ballpark--I wanted to get Mr. JDLand to the ballpark one last time before the end of the regular season, and he can only go on Fridays and Saturdays, so I bought tickets for Friday night--only to find out when we got there that they were for the Friday afternoon game.

All this said, and with my shame well noted, I got so many photos that I've needed to take for so long. It was a psychologically important day for me, which mitigates the pain somewhat.

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