The cougars are 1-1 at Nats Park. And the loss was poorly timed. #Saditude
We had excellent seats -- a table right above center field (Bryce!!). We consumed beers and NAT-chos. There were balloon sculptures, bunting and a massive American flag greeting fans as they walked into the park. It was about 70 degrees and sunny -- I even got a sunburn. Really great atmosphere for the first five innings -- almost everyone wearing red, standing & cheering unprompted, waving the Nats version of a Terrible Towel, singing along to Ah-ha's "Take on Me".
Then Morse flied out with bases loaded and the air went out of the ballpark -- cue the Pacman dying sound. Stranding runners has been a problem for the Nats all season and I'm afraid the playoff pressure is making the guys too tense to get out of the jam.
The fans then seemed to lose patience and the ability to pay attention. People started leaving to beat the rush on the Metro. One of my coworkers was sitting a few sections over and sent me this note in the seventh: "There is some serious unrest in the cheap seats. Nearby child just asks her dad, "what's douchebag mean??"
Tomorrow is do-or-die. I’m sure the fans will bring their passion and refreshed Natitude back to the park for the 4:07pm start. I have complete confidence in Davey to get the team ready for Game 4. Teej & Jess will be in the VIP seats -- maybe they will bring us luck! And, I'll be back on the Red Porch (without the cougars) to see the Nats even things up.