Opening day is all about pomp and circumstance. And while there was plenty of that, the game that was played is just one of 162.
And the Nationals dropped that first one, falling 2-0 to the Braves.
Much of the optimism among fans had to do with the Nats' off season free agent acquisitions. That optimism will have to wait for another day to come true, as Jayson Werth, he of the $126 million contract, combined with Adam Laroche and Rick Ankeil for two hits in 11 at-bats.
Fans left the game with facial expressions that matched the gray, damp weather it was played in, with one popping red and white balloons as he marched to get a Metro train.