The Crack of the Bat Heralds Opening Day for the Nationals

Stephen Strasburg

Pitch perfect: Following Tommy John surgery that caused him to miss nearly all of 2011 and play an abbreviated schedule last year, Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg is fully healthy heading into this season. (MetsNewsNow via Flickr)

Opening Day for the 2013 Washington Nationals may fall on April Fools’ Day, but the team isn’t fooling around after last year’s pennant run and playoff appearance.

For once in their life, the area renter has an actual baseball contender to root for.

As of this writing, there are still tickets available, at least at StubHub. I’ve seen tickets in the lower $40s on the site. I’m not sure about their availability on the Nationals site itself though – have a look.

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But don’t get mad at me if they sell out; they’re actually good for a change. How good? Good enough that any game ought to be fun.

After a brief lifetime of terrible and mediocre, last year they not only made the playoffs (albeit before a historic collapse in Game 5 of the National League Division Series), they led the majors with 98 wins. Not bad for a team that the previous year wasn’t allowed to make up a rainout, ending the season at 80-81. With the strong showing, the Nationals sure showed Major League Baseball where the capital was in 2012.

Even if they don’t win, going to see a baseball game at Nationals Stadium is its own kind of treat, with the 4,500-square-foot, high-definition scoreboard, the snacks, the beer, the souvenirs, your friends.

As most of you probably know, Nationals Stadium is located in Capital Riverfront in Southeast, right next to the Navy Yard-Ballpark station on Metrorail’s Green Line. The folks at the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District have this to say about their neighborhood:

‘The Front’ is leading the way in green innovation and the best of city living, with the extraordinary advantages of riverfront living; distinct industrial heritage; and access to what matters including unique parks and trails, sports and entertainment, exceptional value, and proximity to Capitol Hill.

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OK, so they might be laying it on a little thick. But what do you expect a BID to do?

Here’s a good site for keeping up with Capital Riverfront news.

Come out to the ballpark soon, root on a projected winner, and take in the neighborhood and decide for yourself if you want to live here.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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