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Oct 9, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

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Nationals Park is ready to host its first-ever postseason game.

Though there was legitimate optimism surrounding the Nationals when this season began, it took some time before the city fully bought into the notion this team could win big in 2012.

Indeed, six of the Nationals' first 13 home games this season drew crowds under 20,000 to South Capitol Street.

Slowly but surely, though, the town bought into this team. And by the time the Nationals were wrapping up the regular season — and their first-ever NL East title — a ballpark that had never been known as a particularly rowdy venue had turned into something not seen around these parts in a long time.

"It doesn't go unnoticed," first baseman Adam LaRoche said. "You could tell early on, it was almost more of a social gathering: Come out, nothing else to do, we'll just go hang out at the park. And now it's turned into some die-hard fans, some people probably skipping work and skipping school to come see the Nats. Our last few regular season home games, I think we're about as close to playoffRead more »

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  1. LoveDaNats - Oct 9, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    I cannot wait for this game tomorrow! I'm watching Giants/Reds right now……watching the rally towels and thinking we probably don't do that in DC. And then hearing they're passing out rally towels tomorrow. Ok. I'll wave one even though it doesn't feel like us. Or is that my lack of post season experience showing?

  2. MicheleS - Oct 9, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Still debating what to wear!!! Tomorrow is going to be so amazing! Kleenex is packed, so is the Maalox. This is going to be GREAT!!!

  3. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 9, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Bringing eyeblack Thursday …

  4. Ryan Eades - Oct 9, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    I hope they so calling the Presidents Race the "main event." Bad enough under normal circumstances, but playoffs would be embarrassing.

  5. Ryan Eades - Oct 9, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    Er, stop.

  6. Whynat - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    Presidents as the main event = "tongue in cheek humor"A sense the fans are pressing. We just need to relax and play our game

  7. MicheleS - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    This is just superb:Take On Me at least we know the verse now

  8. MicheleS - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    And for those of you that will be watching at home.. I suggest you get Charlie and Dave on the radio, because you have another STL Homer Calling the game

  9. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    In DC, darn its cold! Nats Park awaits. History!

  10. LoveDaNats - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    @MicheleSThanks for the great article! I must admit I looked up the lyrics since I was one of the ones singing nonsense at the end. I hope a-ha does show up for the WS. How cool would that be?

  11. RickH - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    See you at the ballpark! GYFNG!!!

  12. MicheleS - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Ghost.. If you are in Georgetown.. Look for Bryce.. Apparantly he is out and about.Bryce Harper‏@Bharper3407Love Georgetown at night and the weather is unreal! #fall

  13. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Yah, I know. He just tweeted our location. in seconds people spotted us.

  14. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    We are by Clydes.

  15. peric - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    I just hope everyone keeps in mind that the Nats getting to this point most particularly with the best record in baseball is nothing short of a quasi miracle in a year with 2 other pretenders … its still quite the significant accomplishment.

  16. MicheleS - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    Ghost.. there is an insider meet up in 312 tomorrow. 1 hour before the game

  17. peric - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    I'll be hiding over by lock 1 of the C&O near the mule trail.

  18. peric - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Time to bike the old crescent rail road trail …

  19. A DC Wonk - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Over the year I've tried to explain why, as a former Mets fan, I was sick of and hated the Yankees. For a number of reasons.Just wanted to point out to anyone who's frustrated with the Nats 1pm playing time and MLB.com-only TV coverage — which is part due to the "conflicts" with the Yankees: imagine that happening nearly every day for 51 seasons.This is just a part of why Mets fans can't stand the Yankees.My 17-year and I will be at the park tomorrow!!

  20. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Really, nice! I'm staying with a friend you know and hopefully get there early.

  21. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Peric, let's meet up and I'll buy you a drink

  22. peric - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    Wonk,Imagine that the Yankees had controlling interest to Mets media broadcasts. Imagine going to a Mets web site and finding Yankees YES logos, and old Yankees festooning it?Welcome to our world.

  23. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    Ok, gotta get off the phone. See you all tomorrow.

  24. peric - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    Peric, let's meet up and I'll buy you a drinkNext trip. I brought the bike and it gets cold and dark fast. And its not as easy riding around as it is on the CC since the traffic there is almost negligible compared to DC!!! Yikes I still can't believe that built that monstrosity the InterCounty connector behind my old house and my parents! Yikes! The poor Northwest branch … all of that wild life …

  25. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Stubhub ticket, check.Metrocard, check.Nats NL East champion T-shirt, check.Scorebook (with room for one game left!), check.Maalox, check.Bourbon, er, no.Bottled water, check.Peanuts, check.Fingernail clipper, er, haven't needed that for a month, no."Take on Me" lyrics memorized, check.Good night's sleep? You gotta be kidding.

  26. LoveDaNats - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    @SunshineBobbyCome to the meet up tomorrow. I gotta shake your hand.

  27. baseballswami - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    I am very disappointed in the time of tomorrow's game and the late notice of the time. The defending world champions? First post season game since, what 1933 in DC? Come on Major League Baseball. Typical Yankee crush. I will be completely off the grid during most of the game tomorrow and will be checking in as soon as possible, probably around 3. DVR will be recording. I know several people who got tickets and are just devastated that they can't possibly go. Thursday at four a tad better. Others don't have mlb network. I actually prefer their coverage. I hope the boys come out focused tomorrow. I just want to see them play good clean baseball, win or lose. Is the SF/Reds game still going on?

  28. LoveDaNats - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    SwamiYes. Bottom of the 9th. Tied at 1

  29. MicheleS - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    Swami.. be forwarned of MLB coverage.. Costas is STL Homer and Kaat vs Strasburg (enough said)

  30. Steady Eddie - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Interesting factoid about the Reds ROY candidate Todd Frazier — apparently he's so invaluable to his team that he's gotten a grand total of 2 pinch hit ABs (no hits( in the Reds' first three games.Speaks a lot louder than all the Reds' PR apparatus about how important they consider him to the team's success when ALL the chips are down on the table.(Of course he contributed a lot to the Reds' season. You don't even get to be a serious ROY candidate if you don't do that.)

  31. Jimmy - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Just in case anyone is still looking for (face-value) buyers due to the game taking place in the middle of the day, I'm available and interested. And here is some food for thought: While I can't pay top dollar, I can substitute more Nats Fans per ticket than any other takers. As I mentioned last week, I'm a stay-at-home dad and both my kids are under two. That means if you sell me one ticket, I bring three Nats Fans to the game. Now that is return value.

  32. Unknown - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    Looking forward to the big day tomorrow.

  33. JayB - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    Yea….Maya and Martin are much better than Chapman…Rizzo sure knows his International Market….Oh and Cepedess he was not worth the money either……Love Rizzo but until he learns to admit mistakes and spend on Intl FA….this team will underachieve it's potential.

  34. Feel Wood - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    Who will sing the anthem tomorrow? It better be D.C. Washington.

  35. MicheleS - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    OY JayB.. Give it a rest. We tried on Chapman and layed out $$$$ Cinci put up more $$$$$$Also for those on twitter or facebook or email or whatever..Please contact MASN about the Nats Classics they show! I would rather see the 80 wins from last year or the 98 from this year instead of listening to Dribble.

  36. MicheleS - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    Feel, I hope it is DC.. But I am going to get a little misty when Frank throws out the first pitch

  37. JaneB - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Ryan, I'm with you. THE MAIN EVENT IS THE GAME, not the stupid Presidents.I've already packed the car. Made a sign. Planned what I'm wearing. Imaginary Friends coming to the game! Let's meet each other and say hey up behind section 312 tomorrow! We'll be there at least an hour before the game, but I know many will leave for our seats FOR PLAY OFF BASEBALL by about 20 before 1:00. Free Maalox for all who show up. You're on your own for the bourbon. Though I'm hoping you won't need any.Last night I had a dream I had the wrong tickets and they wouldn't let me in. Woke up in a cold sweat. I have the right ones in the car right now. I'm giddy. See a bunch of you tomorrow. And WE WILL ALL be there tomorrow, whether our bodies are in the park or not.

  38. JaneB - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    PS Maybe, just for tomorrow, we could lay off the dialogue about what someone should have done when, and what player we should have that we don't, and who should have been swinging away instead of bunting, etc.Let's ENJOY THIS DAY WE'VE WAITING SO LONG FOR.Yes, I'm shouting. I'm practicing for tomorrow.GYFNG!

  39. baseballswami - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    Oh – I forgot about the mlb love fest for the cardinals. Greg Amsinger is a total homer for them. I can't stand Kaat – I suppose he will bloviate about Stras during the entire broadcast.

  40. Section 222 - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    Xavier Nady making Nats fans proud with a K in the 10th. But the Giants take the lead on error by the 8 time gold glove award winner, Scott Rolen.

  41. Section 222 - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    Costas may be a Cards fan, but he's a real pro, and a very good play by play announcer I think. And I think he likes the Nats too. His call of the Strasburg debut was great. So on balance, I like this team better than Dick Stockton and Bremle. We'll see how it goes. Fortunately, I'll be at Nats Park, so won't be able to get frustrated with the announcing.

  42. MicheleS - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    Wasn't Xavier Paul in the Nats system this year?

  43. rogieshan - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    Yeah, how on earth did the two Xavier(s) end up in the playoffs when they couldn't even bribe their way onto the Nats?

  44. Dave - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    Filling out my scorebook right now, while watching this amazing game between Cincy and San Fran. One out away from the Giants extending the series in Cincinnati.I've taken the day off tomorrow: sub plans are on the teacher desk, Thursday morning plans already in place.Clothes? Something red. I have no idea which player to promote. Maybe layers of Zimmerman and Werth underneath my old-style Nationals pullover jacket.I hadn't got that Christmas Eve feeling until I started reading these past two threads. Now I'm pumped. Hope I can sleep.

  45. Natslifer - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    We've all been waiting for this day for so long. Here's to everyone waking up and soaking in everything and a big win for our boys – it's going to be a beautiful day for baseball.It struck me today that I've been following MLB since I was about 6 and the postseason has always seemed excruciatingly long. But now that I've been staring at our month-by-month record, it's interesting to see that it's just 11 simple games in a month to reach the top.Here's to the start of many of those wins in our future off of South Capitol.GYFNG!!!!!!!

  46. Dave - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    Giants win, and they play tomorrow, so there are three games on tap (at least). That makes our 1:00 start time a bit less pointless, perhaps. If there are four games on the schedule, then we'll be the first of a series, instead of a game the nation ignores because it's up against Judge Judy.

  47. rogieshan - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    Hunter Pence looks like a player who came out of that cornfield in Iowa.

  48. Dave - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:24 AM

    So who besides me uses the Bob Carpenter full-sized scorebook?How do you fill out all that peripheral information for a playoff game? I guess I'll come up with something reflecting the status of the ALDS and NLDS games so far.

  49. MPH-Rod - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    Will there be standing room tickets avaliable thursday before the game?

  50. Section 222 - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    Ghost, if you talk to Bryce, ask him why the heck he's out in Georgetown the night before a big game if he has strep throat. Did you guys see he had a temperature of over 100 yesterday?

  51. Joe Seamhead - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    Not a big Coco Chrisp fan, but man, he just robbed Fielder big time!

  52. LoveDaNats - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    The optimism is wonderful! I was at a game last week when Bernadina came up to bat. Looking around at the "shark arms" all over the park, I said to my husband, "these are my people". He will be getting me professional help but I told him I don't have time until October is over. :)

  53. MPH-Rod - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    Will there be standing room tickets avaliable thursday before the game?

  54. MicheleS - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    MPHRod.. Nats have the info here:Nats NLDS Info Kind of funny that Henry is coming to us for NLDS info ;-)

  55. JaneB - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Section222, how domyou know Bryce is in Georgetown?I also wonder if I can sleep. NatsJack, you're coming up here, right?

  56. do1teach1 - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    I can't thank Mark enough for this site, but I was disappointed to see him fall into the DC-won't-support-baseball-cult with this comment:"Indeed, six of the Nationals' first 13 home games this season drew crowds under 20,000 to South Capitol Street."Is this really fair Mark?We all know the weather was miserable in April. We all know the Nats faced teams with no national following, no following in DC, and in most cases, no following in their home cities:- Cincinnati. I've never seen one of their hats on the streets of metro DC.- Houston. Worst or second-worst team in baseball. I never saw a Houston hat in DC the year they went to the playoffs.Miami. Hated here and in Miami.Arizona. Yawn in DC, yawn in AZ.There is no doubt attendance and intensity increased as the Nats' season progressed. I just don't think it's fair to say we had lousy attendance on cold, rainy school nights in April against lousy or anonymous teams.

  57. MicheleS - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    JaneB.. Bryce tweeted the location.

  58. Section 222 - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:36 AM

    MPH-Rod — lots of standing room tix available on Stubhub for close to face value.

  59. alm - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    Can't believe this is happening.Will probably get there when the gates open. What to wear – has to be red – Harper, Stras or Natitude playoff? Decisions, decisions…Come on, isn't it time yet>

  60. Constant Reader - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    MicheleS … 312? Tell me more. I'm 312.

  61. MicheleS - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:49 AM

    Constant.. JaneB has been putting out the Nat's Signal for a meet up in 312 tomorrow 1 hour before the game. Look at her posts in last thread

  62. Dave - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Gallery picnic tables behind 312. Somebody PLEASE wear your bright red Nationals Insider hooded parka.(Well, we SHOULD have those!)

  63. A DC Wonk - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    LoveDaNats said… @SunshineBobby Come to the meet up tomorrow. I gotta shake your hand.Where can I find info for the meet up?

  64. MicheleS - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Looks like Frank Howard throws 1st pitch on Thursday

  65. MicheleS - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    Wonk.. 312 picnic tables 1 hour before game starts.. JaneB.. if you a reading this.. post the meet up info at the beginning of each thread.We still don't know if we will have a celebrity siting of Mark Z.. I would be thrilled if we saw Baby Z.. you know so we could get autographs of our future CF (he can be Drake's team mate)

  66. MicheleS - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Fashion tips from IanIan Desmond‏@IanDesmond20If your sitting behind home plate field level I would appreciate it if you wouldn't wear white shirts. For those of u thinkin white out.

  67. Dave - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Visibility factor, no doubt. A white baseball against a white background is probably really, really hard to see.

  68. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    I went set my DVR and my listing for MLB network says to be announced well i know what is showing but since not listed I cant set to record. Anyone know a work around?

  69. SonnyG10 - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    See you at the game tomorrow folks. GYFNG!!!

  70. Dave - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:04 AM

    Thanks for mentioning that, Manassas. Alas, I don't have a workaround, but I was able to set up my FiOS DVR for the game just fine.

  71. Constant Reader - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    Obviously I'm not reading constantly enough. My seats are in 312 (and have been since the place opened). I have to grab my 8-yr old out of school and catch the Metro, so I don't know if I'll be there in time to catch you folks, but I'll surely try.

  72. Gonat - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    MicheleS, you are a wealth of info tonight!

  73. MicheleS - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Gonat.. I took the day off from work so I can stay up and watch the A's (and sleep in a little for the Nats Game). the reaction of Nats Fans tonight have been hilarious

  74. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Yah, I know. [Bryce] just tweeted our location. in seconds people spotted us.Wait, you're with Bryce Harper?? Then who the heck is this guy with the eye black I've been talking to?

  75. A DC Wonk - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Thanks MicheleS for the info. I'll be able to get there before the game. Not sure if Wonk-daughter can get there by then, but I'll ask her! (Are we wearing anything special?)

  76. Gonat - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    MicheleS, doubt I will make it early (booo). Hows about meeting after the game. Maybe Peric can meet us too.

  77. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    Dave I guessed and got it. I manually set the time for 1 to 530 incsse extra innings. Then manually selected 859 whicj is MLB network. Then double checked and should be good to go.My buddy I sit with in 313 row J is sitting in 310 tomorrow.

  78. Dave - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:24 AM

    Okay, Manassas, so you've got the NATS cheer going in 310, right? My son will be in 311, and he will be properly instructed in the particulars of the cheer.I will be in 220, trying to get it going down there in sync with 313.Anybody sitting down the 1st-base line in the Infield Gallery? Look toward 313 after every Nats score, and get your section involved.

  79. Dave - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Oh, sorry, just read your post properly, Manassas. So your friend is in 310. Well, he knows the cheer, right? Gotta spread the noise!

  80. Manassas Nats' Fan - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:43 AM

    We cheer it amd even at home listen for it on the radio and cheer ir. Wish we could get it stadium wide. Easier to get the stupid wave then a real cheer. 310 will be doing as will my classroom.

  81. Steady Eddie - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    Michele, where did you see that info about Hobdo? That is entirely awesome!!!! As a young teen, I was sitting down the third base line in then-DC Stadium for one of his white seat dingers. The ball was still going up when it hit about halfway up the upper section in the upper deck. Made me a DC Nats fan (wherever the franchise came from ) for life.I saw that Beast just tweeted that he was going to sleep now… Rest up, big guy! Love to see a Hondo-length granny (or any length granny) from you tomorrow!

  82. Gonat - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    MicheleS said… Gonat.. I took the day off from work so I can stay up and watch the A's (and sleep in a little for the Nats Game). the reaction of Nats Fans tonight have been hilarious October 09, 2012 10:13 PM ____________________________________Loving the A's. A good underdog to root for!

  83. NatsNut - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:11 AM

    I'm a little late catching up on today's posts and comments, but I love the enthusiasm here. I can't wait for our boys to see it tomorrow!Off topic, but man, is Bryce Harper a cliche MACHINE or what? Derek Jeter would be proud.

  84. Dave - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:12 AM

    I'm really looking forward to the A's-Nats World Series.

  85. baseballswami - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    Which one of you has the section that does the chanting after the Nats score? You can always hear it on tv. Loud and clear please – and hopefully often.

  86. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    LoveDaNats said…@SunshineBobbyCome to the meet up tomorrow. I gotta shake your hand.@LoveDa: I'll be there. Tall guy with straw hat. Trust me, I'll be the only one. My right hand will be extended. Be a pleasure. See you there.

  87. Dave - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:49 AM

    That's section 313, swami. But they're just the leaders of it. Watch the guys in section 313 (short section in front of pressbox, with wheelchair pad in the back). They will give a visual signal when to do the cheer.Gotta get the whole Infield Gallery in on this.

  88. Section 222 - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:51 AM

    swami, the cheer comes from Section 313, although others in the Infield Gallery are joining in now as well. There's one regular commenter who is in that section — Dave. It's great fun and seems to be spreading. Charlie and Dave have even commented on it.

  89. Section 222 - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:56 AM

    Glad the A's won, but the downside is the game on Thursday will be at 4:07 pm. Oh well. Better than 1 pm.

  90. peric - Oct 10, 2012 at 4:21 AM

    Let the drama unfold … 3 games at home.

  91. peric - Oct 10, 2012 at 4:38 AM

    A Natslady in Yankees land

  92. peric - Oct 10, 2012 at 4:43 AM

    Finally, Anthony Rendon started at third base and went 1 for 3 with a run scored in the Arizona Fall League today.

  93. Joe Seamhead - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Woke up at 4:00, can't get back to sleep. Oh, well.Will have plenty of time to sleep after November 1.Decided to drive today.GYFNG!!!

  94. Another_Sam - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    I reluctantly admit that I didn't sleep so well last night.

  95. baseballswami - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    There will be rare chances for me to check in today – worst timing ever. I will be with everyone in spirit – so hard to concentrate. Hoping for a game where all the guys are not superheroes, just themselves. That's enough.

  96. Steady Eddie - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    222 — we still don't know re timing of Thursday game. If the Tigers win tonight, there is no Game 5 in that series on Thursday to keep our Game4 at 4 pm. So have to stay tuned 'till midnight tonight….

  97. Nats fan in NJ - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    At my desk in the office, already cleared the calendar of having to be anywhere but in front of my computer from 1-4 this afternoon. Fortunately, my entire management chain is full of sports fans (Phillies, unfortunately) and they are understanding that I can't be disturbed.GYFNG!!!

  98. LoveDaNats - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    I slept terribly. Is it too early to leave for the Park? And whats with WaPo's doom and gloom about the gridlock? They did that too before Nats park opened in 2008 and it wasn't as bad as advertised. It can't be any worse than opening day traffic. Let's hope.

  99. Feel Wood - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Dave said… I'm really looking forward to the A's-Nats World Series.So is Kurt Suzuki. He gets a ring no matter which team wins. Plus a full playoff share from the Nats and at least a partial share from the A's.

  100. Feel Wood - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    And whats with WaPo's doom and gloom about the gridlock?They have to do that, since doom and gloom about late night Metro is no longer an option.

  101. Kiterp - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Parking in DC: $45Authentic Werth Jersey: $250Tickets to the Game: $500Sunny day, 1:07 first pitch, playoff baseball in DC: priceless

  102. natsfan1a - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    I was also glad that the A's, and the Giants, won. Saw the middle/late innings of the latter but only the start of the A's game, which was going to run a tad bit late for me. Just emailed an old friend in the Bay Area about the wins. :-)So excited about the game today! We probably won't make it to the meetup on the dot at noon – depends on when my hubby can get away from work – but we do plan to stop in. I heard that there's no door prize for being FIRST, anyway. ;-)

  103. MicheleS - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Steady.. The Frank Howard stuff was on twitter, i think it was a local reporter,but not sure.

  104. MicheleS - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    1A.. I hope that we get Lollipops and Pom Poms for showing up first

  105. Section 222 - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Steady, that's what I thought about the start time too, but then I saw this on the Curly W Live blog, which I think is "official." (Doesn't mean they can't be wrong, of course.)If the A’s win tonight, but lose on Wednesday ending their series, does Thursday’s game time still change?By Brian on October 9, 2012 10:06 pm – ReplyBased on what MLB has said, no, time would remain the same.By Curly W Live on October 9, 2012 10:09 pm – Reply

  106. Ghost Of Steve M. - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Rise and shine! See you all there and if we are lucky enough to have cell coverage, post some comments!

  107. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    What a beautiful day for (playoff!) baseball!!See everybody at the get-together behind 312 at noonish. I'll be one of those with a bottle of Maalox in hand!Travel safely, and GYFNG!!!

  108. Faraz Shaikh - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    I am going to be 'working' today so can't make it physically to Nats park. very excited about today.I want SF-Cin and Oak-Det to go game five so all four series can be clinched on the same day, Thursday. Nats, Giants, A's and O's all clinch. That would be awesome.

  109. Steady Eddie - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    222 – Interesting re start time on Thursday. IF true, and who knows, I guess it would be that they don't want to reset start times less than 24 hours before the game starts. If so, it's too bad in that a later start allows more people to come more easily — my older daughter can make it to a 5 pm start but not 4 — and reduces the time for nasty shadows. Though maybe Det can use the early inning help — he generally throws lots of early inning strikes — until he settles in.

  110. Section 3, My Playoffs Sofa - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    FS, that would be great, if only to watch the networks have a cow over seeing basically two markets, neither of them NY or LA, left playing.

  111. natsfan1a - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    At which point we could all go into Nelson Muntz mode.

  112. natsfan1a - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Get me rewrite! At which point we could all go into Nelson Muntz mode.And where's my coffee?!

  113. A DC Wonk - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    under face value ticketsA half-hour ago, Mrs Wonk got a standing room ticket for $28 (+fees) from Stubhub. Just now, I see there are still lots of them for under $40.

  114. A DC Wonk - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    peric said… Let the drama unfold … 3 games at home.I'm hoping for just 2 (winning) games at home, so that Gio can start the next series ;-)

  115. natsfan1a - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:15 PM

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  116. Andrew L. - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    I'm taking my 9 year old today and he had a hard time falling asleep and woke up at 6AM and said he can't sleep because he is so excited.I have to say I'm excited also! My son is wearing a red Ryan Zimmerman jersey and I'm wearing a red Bryce Harper jersey. Hope to see many of you there!

  117. JaneB - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    I got to sleep about 12:45. Woke up at 4:45. Did some work. Worked out. Leaving now! See you all SOOOOOOON! Sending love to all Nats and all Nats Fans, where ever you'll be watching, on whatever device you'll be watching. GYFNG!

  118. Scooter - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    I'm very excited about the game, and also looking forward to seeing several of y'all.Sec3 and 1a, I'd love to gloat with y'all, but that would require my actually considering what the TV network managers want. Somehow I just can't bring myself to do that.

  119. natsfan1a - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    btw, the rally kitteh stopped by yesterday afternoon, and again this a.m. I'm not saying, I'm just saying… :-)

  120. natsfan1a - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    And I'll be wearing a red interlocking DC polo and a red warmup jacket with script "Washington" on the back. Will also have an off-white, curly W giveaway cap with my trusty RFK exploding fireworks pin on it.Should we all start asking Mark what time the game starts now? :-) I'm about bouncing off the walls here.

  121. Section 222 - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    LOL 1a. "Are we there yet??"

  122. Scooter - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    It's so nice to have this place. Where else can I admit that I just spent 18 MILLION DOLLARS for tickets to the NLCS — and people will be happy for me rather than calling for the Brute Squad to subdue me for my own good?

  123. John C. - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Geaux Nats! Will be heading to the park at 11:30 (I work in walking distance). Will be rocking Section 311, hoping to join in many NATS cheers today :)

  124. natsfan1a - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    We're saving the Brute Squad for the Cardinals, Scooter. :-)

  125. Section 222 - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Scooter, I keep telling myself that I'll get half of that 18 MILLION DOLLAR credit card bill back because Games 6 and 7 won't be necessary. Then I can spend the 9 MILLION DOLLARS that I get back on a couple of World Series tickets.

  126. natsfan1a - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Lineups on the Tweeter feed at top right. I sense a game thread coming on (also a Nats win, while I'm making predictions – hehe).

  127. Pete - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    GIDDYUP!!!

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NLDS: NATIONALS VS. GIANTS

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