im absolutley a nats fan
love the new park
im absolutley a nats fan
love the new park
Although the Tigers will always be my favorite team, I now live in DC and the Nationals coming to town helped (along with the birth of my little boy) reignite my interest in baseball, so count me in.
I also like the new stadium very much. It's a touch "modern" in its appointments for my taste, but it's very much a "fan's stadium" in its lay out - you can see the action from anywhere, there are really no "bad" seats, etc.
My favorite thing right now is the new road unis, but they need to dump the blue hats if they're going with red lettering. I'll definitely buy the away field jacket when they market it next spring.
I'm in, since they got here. Fall in & out with baseball, although I usually keep an eye on the standings. I live near Hagerstown, home of the class A affiliate Hagerstown Suns.
Jimmy Dugan: ... But sneaking out like this, quitting, you'll regret it for the rest of your life. Baseball is what gets inside you. It's what lights you up, you can't deny that.
Dottie Hinson: It just got too hard.
Jimmy Dugan: It's supposed to be hard! If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.
I have drifted away, and I apologize for that. This team has frustrated me so much.
"These are the times that try men's souls." Thomas Paine, Dec. 23, 1776.
OK, everybody knows the Nats are extreme underachievers right now. Declining attendance at Nationals Park suggest that there are many "sunshine patriots" in the D.C. area, but with all those great hitters, and even a few pitchers who show promise, things are bound to improve a lot by season's end.
I tried but failed to get tickets for the first Nats' game at RFK in April 2005, but I can rightfully boast that I am one of the very few Nats fans to see their very first game, in Philadelphia earlier that month. I even took a picture of Brad Wilkerson, the first National to bat, just before he hit a single in the first inning. Since then, I've been keeping meticulous track of the Nationals games, and spend most evenings watching them on MASN or MLB GameDay. As a former resident of D.C. and N. Virginia, in the days when the Orioles were only choice we had, I am profoundly gratified that MLB finally did the right thing and allowed a team in Washington again.
Sorry for not responding to the Nats' fans roll call earlier, but I only signed up with BBF a couple months ago, and was blocked from making posts until yesterday because of their anti-spam measures.
Welcome Andrew, I love your site.
nats fan here was a nats fan ever seence they moved to dc. i am always a fan of the home team.
Might as well put my first post here. I grew up in NW Washington, near the C&O Canal and Chain Bridge. As my handle indicates, I was a fan of the expansion Senators in the 60s (those who suffered the same fate will recognize the name). Went away to college in the Midwest in '74, came back to DC and followed the Orioles. Moved to the Bay Area for a few years in the late 80s and early 90s, and for the first time I could follow both leagues. Moved back to this area just in time to take in one last game at Memorial Stadium, and kept following the Os until the early 2000s when they got so bad that I nearly stopped following baseball for a few years. I've followed the Nats pretty faithfully since they moved here. As for the O's, for me it's -- sigh -- as if they play in a different galaxy.
It's nice to be here, especially at the dawn of the Riggleman Era, which I'm sure will go down as the start of an extended period of greatness. As Ray Knight has said more than once this year, it really looks like the team's about to turn the corner.
Okay, maybe I'm being a little facetious, but anyway... go Nats.
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Let me extend a "welcome aboard" to our most recent posters. Being Nats fans sure is a "character building" experience isn't it gentlemen?
Senator Saverine I'm guessing you and I are probably in the same age bracket as I grew up with the expansion Senators as well. For those of you not old enough to remember, here's a link to Bob Saverine's career record:
Bob "Rabbit" Saverine
Saverine has 2 claims to baseball noteriety-the first being traded by the Baltimore Orioles in 1965 to the Houston Astros for Don Larsen (He of the 1956 World Series perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers) and for setting a then major league record by going 0 for 12 in a double header against the Orioles while playing for the Senators in June of 1966.
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"For the Washington Senators, the worst time of the year is the baseball season." Roger Kahn
"People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring." Rogers Hornsby.
Welcome Senator, I'm in approximately the same age bracket too; my first Senators' game was in '67. I followed a similar path of fandom as you, rooting for the Orioles to get my baseball fix. I even shared a Sunday plan with someone for years, and planned to continue to catch a few games a year at OPACY after the Nats came to DC, but Angelos' meddling soured me on that idea.
Thanks for the welcome! I'd forgotten about Bob's 0-for-12 doubleheader perfromance -- he was a player of distinction, was he not?
I'm going to the game today, and I fearlessly predict it'll be the first win of the Riggleman Era. The Nats are 4-1 with me at the Park this season.
It's good to hear from old Senators fans who are joining up here, as I finally did not long ago. Personal note: Having been born in the D.C. area, I was told years later by my parents that my favorite player as a toddler was Roy Sievers, which I pronounced "Obie Teebers."
Yes, being Nationals fan is a "character building" experience, but I think I've had quite enough already, thank you. At this rate, we're all going to be the moral equivalent of body-builder Charles Atlas!
My first post here in months, with college and all, seems like BBF became an afterthought.
I feel dirty...
But keep the faith all, I know it's tough times, but these are the times where the true fans stick to it! I believe in this team and management, I have no doubt where we'll be within the next 5 years.
Last edited by wilkerson_rulz-06; 11-04-2009 at 07:40 PM.
Put me in the bucket of Nats fans!
I was a Braves fan initially as I was born outside of Atlanta. As a youngster, my dad took me to a game against the Expos in 1986 and Andre Dawson was walking along the dugout at Fulton County Stadium and said "What's up little man?" and gave me a high five. From that day forth, I was an Expos / Nationals fan. To make life even better, the military decided to move me to Washington DC for a few years back in August 2009. So I'll finally get to see the team live again...after more than a decade.
Its been a painful run with the team, but I got accustomed to that with the Braves throughout the 80s. I'm a fan of Mike Rizzo and really love what he has done with the team in his first true off-season. I'm looking forward to 2010, but 2011 is going to be the year the Nats finally make a run for the wildcard.
"I'm the only winner on this team. The rest of 'em, they're losers. Either by choice, or by birth." -- Jack Parkman
You heard it here first: Natties take 2010 NL East behind Strasburg-Wang. And yeah, I like my natties.