Tonight marks the first All-Star game in Washington, DC since 1969. That game, played at RFK, featured a rainout, five home-runs, and a home run by Washington Senators hero Frank Howard.
The return to our nation’s capital marks a different team calling Washington, D.C. their home. No longer the Senators, the Washington Nationals crawled to the break at 48-48 and 5.5 games out of first place. Tonight, though, none of that matters as the nation turns its eyes to the Southeast waterfront.
This summer has been an electric one for the District. First, the Capitals hoisted the Stanley Cup for the first time. Then, albeit in subdued fashion, DC United introduced Audi Field with Wayne Rooney. Now, after years of build-up, DC takes center stage once again.
This major league sports town — people don’t forget, Mr. Wilbon — is alive with baseball fervor.
This immediately made think of the Terance Mann’s ‘Field of Dreams’ speech:
They’ll pass over the money without even thinking about: for it is money they have and peace they lack.
Indeed, DC is once again living up to its billing as an expensive city. Fans will line up ready to hand over money for a night filled with baseball memories on the Anacostia River.
In fact, when taking the Stanley Cup run into account, 2018 has produced the most expensive tickets prices the city has ever seen. Four of the top five most expensive sporting events have occurred just this year.
Despite struggling All-Star Bryce Harper, the Washington Nationals fan base is alive and well after years of contention. Fans will be amped to see their beloved Max Scherzer toe the bump to start the game. After all, Dave Roberts had little choice when announcing his choice for the starting pitcher. Per Roberts on Max: “It’s his city. It’s his park”.
— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) July 16, 2018
You’re damn right it’s his city. Whether Bryce or Max gives the home town thrills, the All-Star game will be special, a truly once-in-a-lifetime event.
Cheer your favorite players as they take the field. Take a moment to appreciate the greatness all over the diamond. Never again will you get to say you saw so many Hall of Famers at once.
It is our park. It is our city. It is our night. The 2018 All-Star game is the culmination of an amazing Summer of sports in DC. Despite the prices, people will come and we won’t mind if you look around.
The one constant through all the years…has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s part of our past…It remind us of all that once was good and it could be again.
Ryan Zimmerman: Zimmerman made his first rehab start yesterday for the Potomac Nationals. Zimm went 2-2 with a double, a walk, an RBI, and 3 runs. Davey Martinez will have his hands full with the roster when Zimm returns.
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