Nats Fizzle In First Home Playoff Game In 79 Years | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Nats Fizzle In First Home Playoff Game In 79 Years

Play associated audio
Standing-room tickets were all that was available the day of the Nats playoff game, and the attendance was record-breaking.
Markette Smith
Standing-room tickets were all that was available the day of the Nats playoff game, and the attendance was record-breaking.

The Washington Nationals literally rolled out the red carpet for their first home game of the postseason. The red carpet during roll call is usually only reserved for the first game of the season, but since this is such a historic event, the first postseason home game in 79 years, the Nats pulled out all the stops.

Unfortunately, the same can't be said of the team, who were shut out 8-0 by the Cardinals. Starter Edwin Jackson gave up 4 runs on 8 hits and a walk over 5 innings, prompting early and frequent calls on Twitter for young pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg to take over.

Fans started arriving as early as 9 a.m. to make sure they don't miss the excitement of the first home game of the playoffs. The mood was festive before the game and there was a sea of red packing Metro trains pulling into the stadium in the largest crowd at Nationals Stadium since it opened in 2005.

As one ticket holder put it: "This is so exciting, I can't stop smiling."

There was also a flyover by the 113th wing of the Air National Guard, after which fans erupted in a cheer of "Let's Go Nats!" The first pitch was thrown by former MVP and triple crown winner Frank Robinson, who was also the first manager of the Nationals in 2005.

The game ended just before 5 p.m. in the evening, unleashing the record Nationals Stadium crowd right into the middle of a rush hour crush on the Green Line.

Hopeful fans still have a chance of attending Thursday's game, which starts at 4 p.m.; the box office will sell a limited number of standing-room-only tickets Thursday morning.

NPR

Book Review: 'Once In The West'

Tess Taylor reviews Christian Wiman's new collection of poems, "Once in the West."
NPR

'How To Cook Everything Fast'? Bittman Says Skip The Prep

Rachel Martin talks to food writer Mark Bittman about his new cookbook, "How to Cook Everything Fast," which thumbs its nose at the French tradition of having ingredients prepped before you cook.
NPR

Napolitano: ISIS Was One Of Many Similar Threats We Were Tracking

The former homeland security secretary and Arizona governor also talks about security improvements since the Sept. 11 attacks and the frustrations and potential solutions to the immigration debate.
NPR

EBay Spins Off PayPal Into Fast-Changing World Of Mobile Payments

Commerce and payments are splitting up. Ebay is breaking away from PayPal and its payments operation will turn into a separate, publicly traded company.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.