Alright folks, keep your Nats jokes to yourself. Actually, I'm always looking for good ones, but if I hear one more eighth grader tell me "You're a Nats fan? They suck!" I'll wrap his i-pod earphones around his neck and...
But I digress. You don't have to be a die hard Nats fan, or even a baseball fan, to enjoy a trip to Nationals Park. In fact, frankly, it might help if you don't know too much about the game.
Here's why I'm pushing it: you need a non-Federal moment when you come to DC. I'm serious. Too often I get the question: "I'm coming to DC and want to know the best way to see everything in 36 hours?" (Ans: stay home and use Wikipedia). Coming to our Nation's Capital is about the experience, not checking boxes. This stuff isn't going anywhere. Take your time. Smell the roses. Get often the beaten path a bit. And plan ahead to take a little time off in your time here to take in something that can't possibly be construed as educational, or historic, or Important.
This is where the Nationals come in. It's just a short Metro ride away. Tickets start at ten bucks and are almost never sold out. And at no point will you feel guilty about not remembering what your seeing or feeling that you should see one more exhibit. And, best of all, join us as we find out what new and exciting ways the Nationals can find to loose.
So, before you come to DC, take a quick look at the Nats schedule. I'm particularly partial to afternoon games. By the time it wraps up, you can still make it back to the Mall for an hour or two of checking out museums if you really haven't hit your quota yet.
As far as getting there, the ballpark is just two stops away from the L'Enfant Plaza Metro stop and the Air and Space Museum on the Green Line. Get on the Green Line in the direction of Branch Avenue and get off at the Navy Yard. The park is a block away to the left when you get out.
One warning though: tickets are almost never sold out, except every three years when interleague play brings the Yankees or Red Sox to town. Like next week, when the Red Sox are in town Tuesday through Thursday.