MS. REBECCA SHEIR
Hey, everybody, welcome to "Metro Connection." I'm Rebecca Sheir and since it's the brand spanking new start of a brand spanking new month, today's show is all about firsts. From the first plans to create a second Beltway to the first video-gaming graduates in the region to a certain baseball team's very first home game of the season.
MS. REBECCA SHEIR
Yep, the Washington Nationals held their home opener this week and though they were beaten by the Atlanta Braves 2-0, the team is looking forward to a new season just brimming with firsts. To hear more about all this a few days before the game, I took to the field at Nationals Park.
MR. ANDY FEFFER
Lay your home play right? You're on the field.
Well...and by the field, I mean the field.
Say what, the grass looks greener here than at my house, that's for sure.
...with this guy...
My name is Andy Feffer. I'm the Chief Operating Officer of the Washington Nationals.
And Andy says we can look for plenty of exciting new stuff this season starting with the team itself.
We've talked about it for a lot of years, the strategy that Mike Rizzo and his group did to scout talent, develop it and bring it to the big leagues. And you're seeing it for the first time and I think there's an acknowledgement that's very real now and why? Because we've got a 24-year-old shortstop named Ian Desmond who's played very well. We've got a 23-year-old second baseman named Danny Espinosa, a 23-year-old catcher Wilson Ramos who we got in the Mac (word?) Caps trade. Everyone in this infield, with the exception of, oh yeah, the old guy that we picked up, Adam LaRoche one of the most reliable better veterans of the league at first base and an all-star third baseman still in 25-year-old Ryan Zimmerman.
You look in the outfield, you've got Jayson Werth, the biggest off-season acquisition that told baseball that we're here to win and we're for real. You see the comings of a team, a young, talented team coming to fruition the first time.
For who cares to hear about any firsts, in general ,we're going to see with the Nationals Park, anything new, anything fresh that fans can look forward to?
Well, there's a lot of firsts that come actually in the offseason. And I think the best part about Nationals Park is the diversity of food options and we've got great food here. We got a new hot dog concept out in center field. Its own stand called Xtreme Loaded Dawgs.
Xtreme Loaded Dawgs, I love it. What does that mean?
Ten different versions of hot dogs including Tai Like You'd Like It, Korean Dogs, Deli Dogs, The Big Kid Dog, The Frito Pie Dog. You like fritos?
The Tailgate Dog and my favorite, the Aye Chihuahua Dog...
Do we know what the Aye Chihuahua is?
I have no idea, but it sounds fun and interesting.
Let's talk about tickets, things that are going to be new this season in terms of tickets.
Well we just launched the power pack, a $30 ticket out in the center field seats, right below the red loft and the red porch, some of the best seats in the house. And with that, this year for the first time, you get parking, the ticket, a hot dog, chips and a beer or a coke.
Wait, all of that for $30?
All of that for $30. And, oh, did I say parking? Yes, parking, too. And then you know, something that people don't know about, we've extended the family pack, which was just on Sundays last year, $14 for a ticket which also includes a hot dog, chips and a coke or water. Now, we'll have for Saturdays and Sundays so families that are used to paying $14 just for Sunday have the opportunity to come out on Saturdays as well and enjoy that family pack. You've got to come out for a game.
I will be coming out for a game for sure.
Right there you can sit right over the red loft and check out, watch the game. It's awesome.
Andy Feffer is COO of the Washington Nationals. To hear an extended version of our interview and to get more information on the Nats, check out our website, metroconnection.org. And if you attended this week's home opener, we'd love to hear about your experience. E-mail us at metroconnection.org or visit our Facebook page. That's facebook.com/metroconnection.org
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