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Nationals: “We felt it was inappropriate to play”

Sep 16, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT

Flags at Nationals Park fly at half-staff. (Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER) Flags at Nationals Park fly at half-staff. (Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER)

Updated at 5:13 p.m.

The Nationals have shared a close relationship with the Navy Yard ever since the two became neighbors in 2008. The ballpark Metro exit remains the “Navy Yard” station. Servicemen and servicewomen from the yard regularly attend games at Nationals Park and are recognized on the scoreboard. When the Nationals record the final out of a victory, a klaxon (submarine horn) acquired from the Navy Yard is sounded over the stadium loudspeakers.

So when tragedy struck their neighbors Monday morning, resulting in the deaths of at least 13 people, the Nationals quickly realized they wouldn’t be playing baseball later in the evening. It took several hours to coordinate with authorities and Major League Baseball, but by 3 p.m., the club announced its series opener with the Braves was being postponed, made up on Tuesday as part of a day-night doubleheader.

“It’s a very emotional day,” general manager Mike Rizzo said outside the Nationals clubhouse shortly after the postponement was announced. “An extremely horrific act happened very near to the ballpark. Our neighbors at the Navy Yard, our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims over there and to all the people affected by this. We felt it was inappropriate to play a Major League Baseball game with such tragedy right down the street.”

Ultimately, the decision came down to fan safety. With an ongoing investigation and search for at least one more potential gunman and with a large swath directly to the east of Nationals Park still in lockdown, the notion of inviting 20,000-30,000 baseball fans to the area was untenable.

There were other logistical issues as well, most notably the use of one of the ballpark’s garages as a staging area for family members trying to reconnect loved ones who work at the Navy Yard.

“We were thrilled to be able to help,” team spokesman John Dever said. “For us to do our part, it was easy.”

The shooting, which D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said resulted in at least 13 confirmed deaths, took place at 8:20 a.m. inside the Navy Yard complex, which sits three blocks east of Nationals Park. Though it immediately seemed unlikely the Nationals’ game would take place, players and coaches from both clubs were told shortly after lunchtime they were allowed to enter the ballpark, so many proceeded as though they would be playing as scheduled.

“We got on the bus at 1:30 and we were all still wondering: Why are we getting on the bus?” Atlanta reliever Scott Downs told reporters. “Baseball, I think, was the last thing on everybody’s mind. Once they heard the tragedy that went on and the extent, and heard there was still somebody out there, they don’t know. So I think that’s the last thing anybody wanted to do was come to the ball field.”

Throughout the morning and afternoon, the Nationals were hashing out details with club security, the federal government, local police and MLB, a complicating process that prevented an official postponement announcement from being released until 3 p.m.

“Because of the [logistics] that go into this, and the immense coordination that it takes to make these decisions with the federal, state and local authorities, it just makes it a timely process,” Rizzo said.

Nationals Park was open all day and some team employees made it to work Monday morning, though others had trouble accessing the area, especially those arriving from the north and east. Extra security measures were put into place at the ballpark to ensure only team employees and credentialed media were allowed in.

A handful of players emerged onto the field to play catch or work out. Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who was scratched from his last start due to forearm tightness, threw off a bullpen mound as planned, putting him in line to start Thursday night against the Marlins.

Throughout it all, the American flag beyond the left-field fence flew at half-staff and police sirens regularly pierced the otherwise silent scene.

It makes our game seem so unimportant when stuff like this happens,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez told reporters. “It’s the right call, doing what we’re doing. You don’t want 40,000 people or so coming in here, for their safety. Who knows what’s going on? It’s the right call, and also out of respect for the people who lost their lives and their families.”

The postponed game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday. Dan Haren will face Mike Minor in the 1:05 p.m. opener, with Tanner Roark pitching against Freddy Garcia in the 7:05 p.m. nightcap.

The Nationals haven’t yet announced a ticket exchange policy, but fans holding tickets to Monday’s postponed game should be able to use them for admission to Tuesday afternoon’s game. A separate ticket will be required for the regularly scheduled nightcap.

  1. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    CNN back to saying 1 shooter and he is dead. Let’s hope there was only 1.

  2. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Now Chief Lanier is saying they are looking for “potentially” 2 other shooters. So they aren’t sure.

  3. NatsLady - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Chief of Police says possible three shooters with descriptions of the other two. I don’t see how there is a game in seven hours. There are apparently fatalities inside the building.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      Not a chance the game starts on time if at all.

  4. laddieblahblah - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    There are many and conflicting reports – I just read that 6 were killed and that there were 2 shooters, one of whom is dead. Who knows? The media was reporting all kinds of things during the Boston Marathon bombing, much of which turned out to be false.

    This is all taking place at the Navy Yard, which presented the Nats with the diving horn that is used to announce each HR hit by a Nat. I do not want to hear that horn go off tonight. The game should be rescheduled out of respect for the dead among the Nats neighbors.

    • Eric - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      Based on what my dad experienced (a/the shooter was in his hall), I would be surprised if we’ve yet heard the true number of victims.

      • natsfan1a - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:39 PM

        Oh my goodness, that was very close for him.

      • Eric - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        At least 7 now confirmed dead.

      • Eric - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        Oh, one of the 7 is the shooter…

      • NatsLady - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:58 PM

        Seems like that’s what happened in Connecticut. At first they drastically under-estimated the fatalities–it jumped from 5 or 6 to 20+ in a few minutes. I suspect law enforcement knows and is not saying. There are families, after all, families who are at Nats Park garage, just like the families of those children. Just crushing.

      • laddieblahblah - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        Glad your dad is OK.

      • Eric - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:28 PM

        Thanks laddie, me too.

  5. Joe Seamhead - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    I agree, laddieblahblah. There is no way that they should try to get this game in today.

  6. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Out of respect they should call the game now. I’m sure MLB has to make the call.

  7. Jw - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    With an active manhunt going on, the police are not going to want an additional 30,000 people descending on the area. Delay in making an announcement about the game is probably because MLB is involved in determining the rescheduling.

  8. Candide - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    NL, regarding your 12:58 – Victim counts typically jump once the area has been secured and the good guys have had a chance to go through all the rooms in all the buildings. Not a question of holding info back, but simply not having the info in the first place.

  9. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    At what point do they have to make a decision, practically speaking? Vendors have to set up, they have employees they need to contact if there’s no game. Rainout situations probably are similar, but this may be different in unexpected ways. Will they have increased security getting into the park?

    • wheretheyaint - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      When does the center field gate normally open for 7 p.m. games? That’d be one determining factor re: vendors, additional security, etc. Though I guess they could hold ’til 5:30 when all gates open. But by then, a lot of people would be on the way down there.

      I can’t imagine MLB is enthusiastic about postponing, given revenue issues, wild card race in progress, etc.

      I can’t imagine law enforcement is enthusiastic about having 30,000 people descend on the area in a couple of hours.

      Classic commercial conflict.

      Good taste would suggest postponing, but I’m not confident the Nats or MLB are good at that.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        I believe it’s 2:30 before scheduled start, so that would be 4:30 PM if I’m right.

  10. wheretheyaint - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Metro police (Chief Lanier) saying @ 2:10 p.m. that an active search is still in progress, they’re asking for residents to stay out of the area. Totally unclear to me how you have a game at Nats Park in five hours under those circumstances.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      Agreed, if they are indeed looking for two more people, that seems like a non-starter.

    • joemktg - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      Agreed. Lanier just stated that they are still searching for 2 more suspects. Glad we’re not going.

    • Eric - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      I don’t see the police allowing the game to occur if there’s a possibility that one or two rampage shooters are on the loose and last known to be in vicinity of a baseball park that will fill with tens of thousands of people.

      • Candide - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        Why? What could possibly go wrong?

        (Glad to see you got your display name fixed…)

  11. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Channel 4 is live outside the park. Looks evacuated, but not locked down.

  12. joemktg - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    12 confirmed dead. 2 ARMED suspects are being sought. And they want to allow 30,000 people into the area? Huh?

  13. wheretheyaint - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Just looking at the practical side of things… unless law enforcement restricts the perimeter to just the immediate area around the Navy Yard, traffic is going to be a nightmare. How do you get everybody into the parking lots with big chunks of M Street shut down?

  14. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Some of the questions asked by media are really something.

  15. Eric - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Post updated.

    New title: “Nats, Braves cleared to enter park”
    New intro: “Players from both the Nationals and Braves have been told they are allowed to enter Nationals Park and are proceeding as though their game tonight will be played as scheduled despite this morning’s shootings at the nearby Navy Yard.”

  16. wheretheyaint - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    NBC reporting @ 2:23 that the FBI DC field office has just said it’s “all assets out” on the investigation.

    Play ball?

    • adam.shipley@facebook.com - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      Bad call by MLB. Extremely poor taste.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        They haven’t made the call yet, apparently.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      “All assets out” means everybody they have is working, now–all hands on deck.

  17. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Reporting now the dead gunman was 34, from Texas, who used an ID from a former employee to get in.

  18. Joe Seamhead - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    I just called the stadium and was advised that as of right now the game will be played as scheduled, but that we should check back in a couple of hours. You gotta be kidding me. It’s over a 60 mile round trip for us and to try to make that trip and find a place to park? They should reschedule with a day/night double header for Wednesday. Unbelievable poor judgement on whoever is making this call. To top it off, we have are RCR tix with 4 seats behind homeplate for tonight. Over 60 years old and I have never had seats like that before, but I doubt we’ll make the trip if there’s a chance that it won’t be played.

    Grrr….

    GYFNG!!!

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      Joe, under normal circumstances, what time would you have to leave to get in your seats by, say, 6:30?

      • Joe Seamhead - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        We normally leave at 3:30- 4:00 pm and get there, and parked, around 5:30-6:00. Our traffic is almost always miserable to get there. I can only imagine what it will be like tonight, not to mention finding a place to park.i wish Metro was an option for us.
        Meanwhile DC police are still asking people that live down there to please remain in their homes.

    • provotrout - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      Sorry you’re inconvenienced by the death of a dozen local residents.

      The authorities need a bit more time to figure out wth is going on. Be patient and glad you weren’t involved.

      • Joe Seamhead - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:09 PM

        provotout, I am not insensitive to the horrific events. You are out of bounds with your snitty comment directed at me. This thread is pertaining to the status of the game. I was expressing my opinion regarding the judgement of whoever is making the call and the insanity of playing the game with all of what is going on. Believe me, with my son-in-law DC police officer working down there this morning,I am aware of how terrible things are for others. I bleed for them.

        Game is canceled

    • tcostant - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      Stay home. If they do in fact play this game call the Nats tomorrow, explain the situation and maybe they will come you a game.

  19. wheretheyaint - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    District Sports Nats (@NationalsDSP) just tweeted:

    “@MLB pay lip service all the time to police, military & 1st responders. How about giving them space to do their jobs today w/o distraction?”

    +1

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:51 PM

      That could’ve been said with a nicer tone. It’s a tragic situation and out of respect MLB should at the very least delay the game.

  20. wheretheyaint - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    In fairness… even in the case of a routine rainout, it usually takes a couple of hours for MLB to work with the teams and figure out a makeup date. So these things often run late… except for that “blue skies” rainout against the Pirates in May 2011…

  21. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    They have now crossed one of the potential suspects off the list — nevermind. Still trying to talk to one other, but it may come to nothing dangerous, too. Maybe that’s what they’re waiting for.

  22. wheretheyaint - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    And there’s this, 11 minutes ago via Twitter from DDOT DC:

    “NAVY YARD: Eastbound Southeast Freeway (I-395 & I-695) is blocked. All traffic is being diverted to South Capitol Street.”

  23. wheretheyaint - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    NBC now showing more pedestrian traffic in the area – maybe a first move toward ending the lockdown. If so, it might become a matter of taste, more than the practical question of how to handle the crowd.

  24. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Apparently the DOT building is coming off lockdown presently.

  25. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    NBC 4 is live now, showing M St. outside the park is still shut down.

  26. Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    MPD is still asking people to stay out of the Navy Yard area, and MLB says they expect to start the game on time.

  27. David Proctor - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    A Braves reporter just tweeted that the game has been postponed. But no confirmation from any of the Nats people.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      Good. Expect to hear from Mark momentarily, then.

  28. natsfan1a - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    (after a quick online search)

    David O’Brien ‏@ajcbraves 3m

    Confirmed the #Braves game has been postponed, but no word yet on makeup. I’d expect doubleheader tomorrow.

  29. David Proctor - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP now
    Spoke with Davey Johnson. Game cancelled. Split doubleheader tomorrow at 1 and 7, he says.

  30. wheretheyaint - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    NBC just reported a postponement – 1 p.m. start tomorrow, which likely means a split day-night doubleheader.

    • wheretheyaint - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      David Proctor beat me to it. What he said.

  31. secretwasianman - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Disgraceful they waited this long to call the game.

  32. Baseballswami - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    My thoughts and prayers to one and all.

  33. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Glad they did the right thing and postponed it. Just wondered why it didn’t happen an hour or 2 sooner but in reality I guess it shouldn’t surprise anyone.

  34. Steady Eddie - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    @NationalsPR: Tonite’s #Nationals-Braves game has been postponed and will be made up as split doubleheader (1:05 p/7:05p) on Tue., Sept. 17.

  35. Eric - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    So not that I didn’t know this 5 hours ago, but the planned father-son baseball game for dad and me is officially off tonight…but he’s still around to go to another one with me in the future, so that’s good.

    Stupid cowards with guns, man. WTF?

  36. Baseballswami - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    One of the Nats parking lots being used to reunite families. That is a nice thought. Baseball can take a seat for today. Perspective. Hug your loved ones.

  37. Candide - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    I can’t argue with the decision to postpone.

    But we have tickets for tonight’s game and Cunegonde has to work tomorrow.

  38. Candide - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    So any word on ticket exchange for those of us who can’t go tomorrow pm?

  39. Section 222 - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    No word from the Nats on exchanges yet. I imagine they’ll be a news release and email. Several years ago, when there was a September rainout, the raincheck was good for the following year as well as the remainder of that season. For last year’s Dodger rainout on Sept. 18, which was also replayed the next day in a day/night DH, they said that the tix could only be exchanged before the end of the year. But there were still 15 home games left at that point, as opposed to 5. They ought to be more generous this year. We’ll see.

  40. Section 222 - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    No word from the Nats on exchanges yet. I imagine they’ll be a news release and email. Several years ago, when there was a September rainout, the raincheck was good for the following year as well as the remainder of that season. For last year’s Dodger rainout on Sept. 18, which was also replayed the next day in a day/night DH, they said that the tix could only be exchanged before the end of the year. But there were still 15 home games left at that point, as opposed to 5. They ought to be more generous this year. We’ll see.

  41. jd - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    secretwasianman,

    The decision to postpone was the only reasonable move, to do otherwise would have been in poor taste. To whine about the timing of the postponement is symptomatic of people who are always looking for a reason to whine about something.

    None of us know all the logistics involved in a postponement so late in the year, the communication with MLB required and all the other issues which must be addressed. The bottom line is they got it right and that should be good enough.

    None of this is relevant in the big picture. Eric has it exactly right, he clearly understands the big picture. My heart goes out to the victims and their families.

    • laddieblahblah - Sep 16, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      They did the right thing. The Nats have cultivated a relationship with the military and are a special organization for that. Using the Nats parking garage for family reunions under these circumstances was the best use of the facility on this day under these circumstances. I can only imagine what some of those reunions must have been like.

      Whenever I hear that diving horn go off, it will now seem like a team tribute to the men and women down the street who gave that horn to the team, and something a bit more than just a celebration of the Nats athlete who just hit the latest home run.

      Proud to be a Nats fan.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 16, 2013 at 5:49 PM

        Well said as usual. The klaxon goes off it will have another meaning.

        I didn’t know anyone personally who died in 9/11 but one of my cousins friends mother was killed. I expect that to be the same with many here who will know someone who knows someone. Luckily Eric’s father us physically ok. Others won’t be as fortunate.

    • natsjackinfl - Sep 16, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      jd…..Thank you. Some people just don’t get it.

  42. Ghost of Steve M. - Sep 16, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Secretwasian, somewhere in DC tonight a child will be wondering where his parent is. A parent who won’t be coming home. If you can’t grasp that there is bo hope for you.

    This should give us all pause back to reality that we come here to comment, hypothesize, debate, and analyze baseball, not life and death.

    • Candide - Sep 16, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      Am I missing something about SWM’s comment above?

      I took his meaning to be that he was disgusted it took them so long to decide to make the right decision to postpone the game, that they should have postponed it much earlier.

      Did I mis something?

      • Section 222 - Sep 16, 2013 at 5:21 PM

        That’s exactly what he said, and exactly what others have rightfully criticized. All day long the Nats management is working with authorities, offering use of the stadium’s facilities and otherwise pitching in as they should. But sour old SWM from the comfort of his safe living room thinks their “delay” is “disgraceful”.

        Whatever.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 16, 2013 at 5:36 PM

        I don’t understand what’s supposed to be so “disgraceful” about it. How much sooner would have been appropriate, given the fact that the news was changing rapidly in several directions at once, for a long time. There is no clear bright line for “If THIS happens, then we call off the game, but if ‘THIS -1′ happens, we play.”

      • Candide - Sep 16, 2013 at 5:47 PM

        222, I see what you’re saying. But SWM seems to be getting ripped as being a person who’s indifferent to the anguish the families of the dead are suffering. I don’t think that’s what he intended (to whatever extent I have a window into his thinking).

        I think that maybe on a nightmarish day like this one, with emotions rubbed raw, we need to try to avoid jumping down each other’s throats. Save the anger for the scumbucket with the gun.

        BTW, there are 12 fatalities. Not 13. Twelve. I hate when the murderers are included in the count. God damn them to hell and let them get counted there.

  43. Mrsb loves the Nats - Sep 16, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    This is just so tragic… I’m so saddened to hear about this…

    My prayers and thoughts are with all the people affected by this senseless non-sense…

  44. adcwonk - Sep 16, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    “Disgraceful they waited this long to call the game.”

    As you can see in the updated article, the decision was made early on, but coordination and details had to be worked out before an announcement can be made.

    Maybe we can all learn to give the benefit of the doubt?

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 16, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      Or have some idea what we’re talking about if we must rip other people.

  45. Candide - Sep 16, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Just got off the phone with 888/632-NATS (gets you to tickets.com) and asked what we need to do to exchange tonight’s tickets if we can’t make the afternoon game tomorrow. Was told I can turn them in at the box office and exchange for comparable seats for any remaining 2013 home game, or for any 2014 season value game.

    Box office opens at 10:00 tomorrow.

  46. nats128 - Sep 16, 2013 at 8:05 PM

    Im still numb to think how close to home this happened. Just decompressing now and watching some out of state baseball. Thoughts & prayers to all those affected.

  47. MicheleS - Sep 16, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    FYI.. just saw the Navy’s press conference. While we were all wondering WHY they didn’t cancel the game. The Nats were busy helping, the Navy went out of their way to thank the Nats for providing food, water, support,.

    for as much complaining as we see about the Lerners/Nats Mgt, they stepped up today. Very proud that they are my team

    • nats128 - Sep 16, 2013 at 8:29 PM

      MicheleS, they seem to step up all the time when you consider all the community work they do however there are some that will complain about the WS parade route bcuz thats what they do.

      If people would just wait for all the facts to come out they wouldnt look so petty and stupid. I cant believe some of the comments.

      We are very blessed to have owners like this. They arent perfect. Who is.

      • NatsLady - Sep 16, 2013 at 10:12 PM

        When Ramos was kidnapped and we had the vigil, the Nats were not allowed to do anything public. However, they sent out hot drinks, which believe me, were VERY welcome.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:14 PM

        Indeed, seconded, NatsLady.

  48. djbinfl - Sep 16, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Reported on NBC, Navy Yard spokesperson thanked Nats for not just providing the space, but food and drinks as well. Great show of class Lerners.

    PS they seem to have been busy this afternoon!!

  49. djbinfl - Sep 16, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    I’ll gladly buy you a beer for being second on that post MicheleS
    Some things can not be said enough.

  50. Joe Seamhead - Sep 16, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    I feel some kind of a need to clarify my previous post. I just want to say two things regarding any misconception that anyone might think, or feel, about my grousing about my perceived insensitivity and personal “inconvenience” by the Nats/MLB’s delayed decision to make the call. First my son-in- law was down there working as a fairly high ranking police officer with the DC police dept. and I had already gotten a first hand report of the casualties, including that of a wounded officer, and furthermore, in addition to my son in law, my son is an investigator for OPM and is frequently in that very building.Each of them could very easily have been a victim today. I was no less saddened, shocked, or insensitive to the loss of the victims and their families than anyone else on this blog.
    That said, I was flustered, and dismayed by the powers that be that they would even consider playing this game tonight with all of the extenuating circumstances. At the time I posted Chief Lanier had just insinuated that there might still be two armed accomplices at large. The police were asking residents in the neighborhood to remain in their homes. Now, if the game was going to be played tonight, I wanted to go, but I was expressing my frustration that they were, at that time, planning to play, and yes, I did express the personal inconvenience involved if we decided to go. But if you also look at my earlier post at 12:25 agreeing with laddieblahblah’s 12:21 post, that i expressed it was inappropriate to play the game to begin with. laddieblahblah’s post that I agreed with:

    “I do not want to hear that horn go off tonight. The game should be rescheduled out of respect for the dead among the Nats neighbors.”

    Anyone who took offense, you are the one that didn’t get it.

    God Bless America.

    We need all of the blessing that we can get.

    GYFNG,!!!

    • MicheleS - Sep 16, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      Please don’t think I was calling you or anyone else out. I just wanted everyone to know how well the Nats organization was doing today and how we should be proud of how they stepped up.

      I am sure that there will be finger pointing as to why they didn’t call it earlier – saw that the mayor already did that – but really the only thing that matters is that the team helped out a neighborhood.

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:19 PM

        Wait, back up … the mayor was finger-pointing about the game not being announced as called off sooner?? When? I missed that.

      • NatsLady - Sep 17, 2013 at 7:44 AM

        As Mike Rizzo said, there are logistics to be considered. You don’t just announce the game is postponed, you have to announce when it will be played, determine ticket policies, etc., or you are opening yourself to a flood of telephone calls. You have to get MLB approval (and maybe union approval) and maybe these guys are, y’know, on a plane or not instantaneously available at 10 in the morning–anyway, at 10 in the morning the networks were giving conflicting reports, 1 victim, 4 victims…

        In the end the team and MLB did the right thing. I can’t imagine playing last night, it will be tough playing this afternoon, while they are releasing the names and stories of the victims.

  51. nats128 - Sep 16, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Players from the Nats and Braves contacted the MLBPA to let the union know they didnt think it was appropriate to play today and all that was done prior to the MLB announcing the game had been postponed.

  52. Another_Sam - Sep 17, 2013 at 6:17 AM

    Joe SeamHead — you don’t need to clarify anything. Your classy posts are among the posts I always read, and I thank you for your remarks on this and all other matters. For those of us who know you — personally, and from you posts — there is certainly no need to elaborate on any previous posts. Thank your for your posting, man.

  53. Faraz Shaikh - Sep 17, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    Reds won last night but Pirates and Cardinals lost.

  54. NatsLady - Sep 17, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Rangers have lost seven straight and are fading fast. Even the Dodgers have lost 4 straight and, though they will make the playoffs, have multiple injuries and fans are blasting Donnie again.

    It CAN happen.The contending teams are tired and battered at this point. We need to play smart and focused.

    • Faraz Shaikh - Sep 17, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      I think it would be ultra sweet if we eliminate Cardinals instead of Reds from playoff picture.

  55. MicheleS - Sep 17, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Sofa,

    The Mayor comment was in one of the Post Articles. I believe it was by Wagner.

    • natsfan1a - Sep 17, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      Preferably due to an “infield” fly.

  56. natsfan1a - Sep 17, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    (That ^ was supposed to be in reply to Faraz, btw.)

    • Faraz Shaikh - Sep 17, 2013 at 8:13 AM

      Yes, then Braves would owe us one.

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WASHINGTON 85 63 -- 4
ATLANTA 75 74 10.5
MIAMI 72 76 13.0
NEW YORK 72 78 14.0
PHILADELPHIA 69 80 16.5
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TUE: Nats at Braves, 7:10 p.m.
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