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Anybody else out there excited about baseball? Bart and I were both baseball fans growing up, and when we got married and lived in Denver near our first local major league team, we decided it would be fun to renew our interest in the sport since we had a franchise so close. The Colorado Rockies weren’t all that great, except for their amazing late season run to the World Series in 2007, but it was still really fun to keep up with the players, listen to games on TV or the radio, and go to games. Naturally, when we moved to the east coast, we had to decide where to place our allegiance, and while we still generally wish the Rockies well from afar, we have chosen to “root, root, root for the home team,” the Washington Nationals. And so far in 2014, that is going pretty well for us.

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A year ago we went under contract on our house and were doing things like paperwork, home inspections, and furiously packing. Now, eleven months into living in our new home, we’ve moved on to completely ripping apart our prized investment, but hopefully for a good cause.
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Breaking in a new ballpark is not a trivial matter. It takes time, dedication, and personal investment. And a few hotdogs.

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Yesterday, Bart and I attended our first Washington Nationals game down at the Navy Yard in DC. After leaving our beloved, yet beleaguered, Rockies behind in Denver, we felt that we still had room in our hearts to adopt another team, especially if it happens to be one that’s actually good.

Bart’s birthday is always around opening day, and while I’ve not been willing to brave the throngs then, I usually get him tickets for one of the first games of the season. This year, we came across a Groupon deal that lured us out of our lair north of town to venture downtown in the middle of rush hour on the metro and down to the ballpark.

It wasn’t all that bad getting to and from the game, though it was indeed crowded. The metro, while a little long, isn’t that much longer than driving, and you don’t have to pay $40 for parking and deal with traffic. The Navy Yard station is mere blocks from the entrance.

The Nat’s stadium is quite new, since they haven’t been back in DC for all that long. It’s spacious and open and clean. It also has a ridiculously high definition screen. I could almost count the hairs in Jayson Werth’s beard.

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Bart and I had a nice time. The weather was perfect, and a National’s win over the White Sox topped off the evening. One game isn’t sufficient to claim fan status, but I feel like we’re well on our way to root-root-root for the home team.

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