The Washington Nationals are up against the wall today, one loss from elimination in their division series against St. Louis. Game 4 starts at Nationals park at this afternoon.
Fans lined up outside the box office at National Park in hopes of snagging a standing room only ticket or even maybe a lone seat or two. Gates to the park open at 1:30 p.m. for batting practice, and the first pitch is at 4 p.m.
It's do or die for the Nats, who are down 2-1 in the five-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals after yesterday's shutout 8-0 loss in D.C. The Cardinals have out-scored the Nats 22-7 in the first three games.
Fingers crossed, Nationals fans are determined the dream season is not
over yet. Before the start of the game, ticketholders explained what it means to be true fan in October.
"October Natitude is a little bit of D.C., Maryland, Virginia swag," says fan Christopher Bishop from Greenbelt.
"Pride in yourself, pride in your team, and you know that something
special is going to happen."
Once again, city officials are urging commuters and others not attending the game to avoid the ballpark area because of street closures, changing traffic patterns and crowded Metro trains. Those who usually ride of the Metro lines that feed the park are urged to avoid the Ballpark/Navy Yard, Gallery Place/Chinatown, L'enfant Plaza and Metro Center stations if possible.
Metro officials expect packed trains towards the beginning of rush hour because that's when the game begins, and then again toward the very end of rush hour. That's when the game will be letting out — hopefully — a lot of happy Nationals fans celebrating a big, curly W.