Monday, April 5, 2010

Opening Day

As always you can go to the group's flickr page for more pictures.

Today, Ben H., Jake and I went to Nationals Park for Opening day. The Nationals were playing the Philadelphia Phillies. We heard a couple of days ago that the Nationals were going to be releasing 400 five dollar tickets on the day of the game. In addition, President Obama would be throwing out the first pitch. The tickets were first come, first served. Although five of us got cleared to leave work on Friday, it eventually turned out only three of us could make it. I got there at about 7:15 to wait in line. At the time there were only about 70 people ahead of me, but the line quickly got very long. At 10:35, they opened the gates to let us in. During batting practice you're allowed to go to any section in the park, so we took in BP from the bleachers. It was a beautiful day with blue skies and green grass. One of the players even threw Jake a ball during batting practice.
After that, we tried to get the best view to see the President throw out the first pitch. As you can see from the picture below, we didn't get all that close, but it was still much better than the view we would have had from our seats.
Although the game was a blow out (Phillies won 11-1) it was still a great experience. It was my first time going to Opening Day, and I loved it. After the game we had to go straight to class, but not before we all got heckled by a couple of Phillies fans for being Dodger/Cubs fans.

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