On my life list is to visit all the MLB ballparks. So far I have visited the ballparks for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, and now Nationals Park for the Washington Nationals.
When I was in Kindergarten, my dad took me to my first MLB baseball game with the St. Louis Cardinals. My dad bought me a hot dog, peanuts, cracker jacks, and a licorice rope. To top it off Ozzie Smith, a Hall of Fame Shortstop, ran out onto the field and did a backflip. The crowd went crazy, including this little 5 year old girl. And that’s when, I was hooked. I still love baseball, 7th inning stretches, doing the wave with the crowd, and absolutely love the sound of the ball hitting the bat.
So Jeff and I decided to make it to a Nationals game. Coincidentally, my dad was in the city for business so he was able to join us. Our seats were AMAZING, on the fourth row right behind the 3rd baseline. I played third base, so that is always where I choose to sit if possible.
Just like the Home Run Derby, Jeff discovered the food and so did my Dad. On the menu (a la heart attack in a styrofoam box), they bought “ridiculous” nachos, half smoke (half hot dog and half bratwurst), and french fries. I enjoyed the classic peanuts myself.
The Nationals played the Atlanta Braves and we were sitting right in the middle of the Braves fans. We were cheering for the Nationals but the rivalry with the fans around us was part of the fun. There of course was some of the Tomahawk chop. I loved it when the mascots would come over to the section because the Brave fans and mascots would give each other a hard time. All in good fun.
The Nationals won the game thanks to Rick Ankiel, center fielder, who hit 2 home runs. I loved watching him play for the St. Louis Cardinals and I highly encourage you to look up his story. He is a man of perseverance despite some very difficult times in his career. A good role model indeed.
In addition to visiting a new ball park with 2 of my favorite guys, there were a couple of additional highlights. At the game was an energetic, dancing guy named Terrance who was cutting a rug like nobody’s business. I love it when people put energy and life into their job despite what other’s think. He was perfect and was so entertaining to watch. So at the end of the game, I danced with him. Oh that’s right. I danced with him. Life is too short not to dance. Here’s a peek.
Oh, I have been dancing throughout D.C., so check back in next week to see a full length video of Jeff and I (and friends) dancing in the city.
For the national anthem, Dee Roscioli, sang the National Anthem and hit it out of the park. They announced that she was performing in Wicked at the Kennedy Center. Jeff and I looked at each other and smiled. We both have been wanting to see that play for sometime, so the wheels were turning at that point. Then as we were leaving the stadium, Jeff pointed out that she was walking right next to me. I introduced myself, and thanked her for sharing the gift of her voice. She was pleasant, down to earth, and completely adorable. She encouraged us to come to her show.
And guess what? We did! Unbeknownst to us, she played the main role of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. To this day, she has the best voice I have ever heard. Ever. Not even a close second my friends. Shivers up and down your back and arms good. We waited after the show to see her and she was just as delightful and remembered me from the baseball game.
I love Washington D.C. I love the Washington Nationals. I love Rick Ankiel. I love the Metro. I love dancing Terrance. I love Dee Roscioli. And I love my husband and my dad. And I love baseball. And not necessarily in that order.
What a special trip. I highly encourage you to visit the park and root for the Washington Nationals baseball team. I’m a new fan.
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