A: Easy. Hit a home run to tie the game in the 9th inning with 2 outs and 2 strikes on the board. Then, go on to win the game in the 10th inning by a walk-off run, with bases loaded.
The silence was deafening when this happened and it was glorious.
I experienced a lot of firsts today! First major league baseball game other than my home team, first time seeing National League teams play, first time experiencing a rain delay, and the first time experiencing a Philadelphia team in person.
Nationals Park attendees were 90% Phillies fans and 10% Nationals fans today. How this is possible, I have no idea. I guess a lot of fans drive down from Pennsylvania for weekend games, and DC surely has a strong Philadelphia community, but I was still pretty shocked by how few Nationals fans attended. Even though the team isn’t the best this year, the stadium is beautiful and has fantastic burgers at a concession stand called Shake Shack. Those two facts alone should bring more people out, in my opinion.
More times than necessary, a roaring chant of “Let’s Go, Phillies!” erupted in the stadium which led me to pinch myself and make sure that I was still in the nation’s capital. I think the City of Absurdly Fanatical Love is a more apt nickname for Philadelphia.
It’s fun to have a new home team to root for. I’ve got the Rays, Durham Bulls (for minor league), and now the Nats on my list to cheer on.
Some things that made me like the Nationals right away:
– They don’t have rude fans.
– There is a President’s Race during the game when past presidents are resurrected with humongous heads and race around the bases (see above picture). It’s hysterical.
– An awesome saxophonist played the national anthem and “God Bless America” today — such a great musician and more unique than a singer!
– There are some darn good ball players on the team: Morse, Zimmerman, Desmond, and Espinosa were my favorites.
– They won! Maybe I was a good luck charm?
Q: What’s sweeter in life than beating the Phillies?
A: Not much.