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Nationals to host World Series watch parties at stadium for Games 1 and 2

The Nationals will open the World Series on the road, traveling to Houston to take on the Astros for the first two games before heading back to the District. But the team is intent on packing Nationals Park anyway, as the stadium will host viewing parties for each of the Nats’ road games so that fans can watch their team on the jumbotron.

Admission into the park is free, but tickets must be reserved ahead of time. Parking passes will also be available.

For those of you in the area who don’t want to just stay at home and aren’t a fan of bars…..

 

QLE Posted: October 21, 2019 at 12:36 AM | 33 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: nationals, viewing parties, world series

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   1. PreservedFish Posted: October 21, 2019 at 08:11 AM (#5892430)
This always looked like it would be fun to me.
   2. Hank White Posted: October 21, 2019 at 12:02 PM (#5892518)
I've always though so, too.
   3. Lassus Posted: October 21, 2019 at 12:27 PM (#5892534)
In theory, yes. In practice, watching TV with thousands of drunk strangers, maybe not.
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 21, 2019 at 04:20 PM (#5892611)
You’ll have more comfortable seating at home in front of your large screen HDTV, probably better weather, and likely better (and cheaper) refreshments, as well as better company in many cases. There’s something to be said for being at the ballpark, but not that much when you’re merely commuting to a watch party.
   5. Jose is an Absurd Time Cube Posted: October 21, 2019 at 04:23 PM (#5892612)
I watched game four of the 2004 WS at a bar in Boston and it really couldn't have been a better experience. I watched Game seven of the 2003 ALCS at the same bar and other than the result it was just as good an experience.
   6. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 21, 2019 at 08:07 PM (#5892666)
I watched games 6 and 7 of the '86 WS in a bar in Berkeley when I was at uni, and like Jose's experience, other then the result, the experience was amazing. The crowd was evenly split and just going nuts the entire time. The Mets fans actually bought the Red Sox guys beers at the end of game 6 because they could see it was a real tough loss to take.
   7. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 21, 2019 at 08:10 PM (#5892667)
I watched games 6 and 7 of the '86 WS in a bar in Berkeley when I was at uni,
If you were in the U.S., you weren't "at uni."
   8. Jose is an Absurd Time Cube Posted: October 21, 2019 at 08:47 PM (#5892669)
Maybe he was at the University of Northern Illinois.
   9. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 21, 2019 at 08:51 PM (#5892671)
If you were in the U.S., you weren't "at uni."


Yeah, yeah....college. I've been over in Sydney for over 30 years, my language has evolved(devolved most likely) over that time.
   10. McCoy Posted: October 22, 2019 at 11:31 AM (#5892800)
Maybe Fenway or Wrigley for their first appearance or series win in decades but in this weather DC is no fun outdoors at night.

I remember the big game 5 loss to the cards several years back. Was at the game. Cold and miserable were the late innings.
   11. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: October 22, 2019 at 11:37 AM (#5892803)
Maybe Fenway or Wrigley for their first appearance or series win in decades but in this weather DC is no fun outdoors at night.


Checks weather report for DC. Sees that low in DC tonight is the same as the high here in MI today. Shakes head.
   12. PreservedFish Posted: October 22, 2019 at 11:45 AM (#5892810)
Buncha grumps in this thread.
   13. pikepredator Posted: October 22, 2019 at 12:51 PM (#5892873)
Buncha grumps in this thread.


I get why this kind of thing isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I am a fan of electric crowd environments. Live music (particularly improvised) is fantastic, but so is dancing with a bunch of people to a bunch of songs I've heard a zillion times. This strikes me as in between those two extreme endpoints, and closer to the former than the latter as the game is entirely uncertain and the stadium will still erupt when great things happen. Gives me chills thinking about it!
   14. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 22, 2019 at 01:01 PM (#5892879)
Maybe he was at the University of Northern Illinois.
Ha - no, that's called NIU or just "Northern."
   15. bunyon Posted: October 22, 2019 at 01:01 PM (#5892880)
I watched the 1994 NCAA final from a packed Cameron Indoor. It was great - almost as good as when we came back to beat Carolina there in 98.

Even in the end, when it didn't go our way, it was good. Much better to find solace in one's friends than by yourself in your apartment (yes, you could have people over, but they'll go home after the game).
   16. SoSH U at work Posted: October 22, 2019 at 01:36 PM (#5892896)
Ha - no, that's called NIU or just "Northern."


Northern Iowa is a UNI.

I don't think watching at a bar and watching it in the stadium aren't all that comparable. The former is tolerable (well, would have been tolerable when I was a younger lad). I don't think the stadium experience* is too appealing at any age.

* It strikes me as somewhat similar to Times Square on New Year's Eve, which we kind of stumbled onto when I was Northern Iowa-aged. It was an interesting in a I did it once kind of way, but five seconds after the ball drops you realize you're just standing in in a crowd in the middle of the ####### street.
   17. spycake Posted: October 22, 2019 at 01:50 PM (#5892901)
I don't think watching at a bar and watching it in the stadium aren't all that comparable.


Agreed. I'd guess most of us have taken in a sporting event from a bar at some point in time. Watching it in an empty baseball stadium would be a very different (and possibly more expensive / less convenient) experience.
   18. spycake Posted: October 22, 2019 at 01:51 PM (#5892903)
I think it would be cool if they actually re-enacted the game on the field! Although the re-enacters would probably have a lot of time to fill...
   19. pikepredator Posted: October 22, 2019 at 02:09 PM (#5892914)
I think it would be cool if they actually re-enacted the game on the field!


Dude I love the way you think. I'm imagining that there is no actual baseball, just players pantomiming everything. And old-timey broadcasters calling the action and doing the "crack two bats together" when there's a hit.
   20. bunyon Posted: October 22, 2019 at 02:18 PM (#5892923)
That would be awesome. And, why not? It would be easy enough to do. Have the game on the big screen. In the downtime between pitches, watch the actors re-enact.
   21. bunyon Posted: October 22, 2019 at 02:18 PM (#5892924)
I think we should offer the BBTF posting crew as the actors.

Just don't make me be the pitching coach. I'm not in good enough shape.
   22. JAHV Posted: October 22, 2019 at 02:29 PM (#5892926)
I make a fairly concerted effort to avoid hanging out with people I don't know in situations where I might be expected to engage in conversation. But sports fandom seems better as a shared experience to me. I think this would be a lot of fun as long as the game is good (either a big win for the Nats or a close game either way). I'm not sure that the cost would justify it - I can buy a six pack of good beer and a pizza for what it would cost for one mediocre beer and a hot dog at the park - but I think being there with a bunch of like-minded fans would be fun.
   23. Rally Posted: October 22, 2019 at 02:41 PM (#5892935)
I think we should offer the BBTF posting crew as the actors.


Yes! That would be an awesome and a unique spectacle. For the re-enactment, I think you have to do without a real baseball, that would make it near impossible to do. Doesn't matter how well placed the pitch is, if Yordan Alvarez hits a 450 foot homer no actor is going to be able to do that, and it's improbable that the pitcher throwing 50 MPH from the mound would put the ball close enough to the plate to let the batting actor take his best shot at the seats. Maybe a 1 in 1000 chance of being able to actually get the ball over the fence.

But the pitcher can go through the motions, fake a pitch, the batter can swing, pretend to watch the ball fly, and go into his HR trot while the right fielder can jog back towards the fence and then give up on it.
   24. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 22, 2019 at 02:57 PM (#5892939)
But the pitcher can go through the motions, fake a pitch, the batter can swing, pretend to watch the ball fly, and go into his HR trot while the right fielder can jog back towards the fence and then give up on it.
No, the actor should start pretending to run it out, because it might only be a pretend drive off the wall!
   25. spycake Posted: October 22, 2019 at 03:54 PM (#5892963)
I envisioned a ball being part of the reenactment, but no real hitting involved -- basically the catcher would throw it wherever it was supposed to go. But yeah, they probably couldn't throw it far enough for HR or even deep flies. Maybe they could do a relay for those? Or just pantomime, as suggested.

They could skip all the non-decision pitches too. So the scoreboard could flash "3-2" for a full count, and then they'd act out the hit, out, walk, or K. And any ball in play could be signaled by a bat crack sound effect, as mentioned above.
   26. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 22, 2019 at 04:00 PM (#5892970)
They could skip all the non-decision pitches too.
Then the actors may well be standing around for half an hour at a time.
   27. bunyon Posted: October 22, 2019 at 04:12 PM (#5892978)
You could use a pitching machine for the batted balls.

It's worse than just the hits, though. How many relays would we need to get a ball from the right centerfield wall to home plate. It'd be like a bucket brigade.
   28. bunyon Posted: October 22, 2019 at 04:15 PM (#5892981)
Honestly, thinking this over, having a couple of little league teams do the re-enacting would be awesome. You could even switch teams every three innings.
   29. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 22, 2019 at 04:48 PM (#5892993)
I think it would be cool if they actually re-enacted the game on the field!

When Bill Veeck owned one of his minor league teams, he hired mimes to re-enact close plays while arguments with the umpires were going on. Hard to imagine anyone but Bill Veeck coming up with that idea.
   30. JAHV Posted: October 22, 2019 at 05:18 PM (#5893008)
No, the actor should start pretending to run it out, because it might only be a pretend drive off the wall!


Run it out? Come on, man, that's not fun. "Let the pretend kids play!"
   31. spycake Posted: October 22, 2019 at 05:52 PM (#5893019)
It's worse than just the hits, though. How many relays would we need to get a ball from the right centerfield wall to home plate. It'd be like a bucket brigade.


Thinking of your little league idea -- there's no reason we have to use the full field either. A temporary fence across the outfield make put the field on a manageable scale for our reenacters, I think.
   32. JAHV Posted: October 22, 2019 at 05:55 PM (#5893022)
Thinking of your little league idea -- there's no reason we have to use the full field either. A temporary fence across the outfield make put the field on a manageable scale for our reenacters, I think.


Little League would be good, but slow pitch softball might work, too, if we brought the fences in. It would be much easier to direct the ball to the appropriate place on the field.
   33. pikepredator Posted: October 22, 2019 at 05:56 PM (#5893024)
Honestly, thinking this over, having a couple of little league teams do the re-enacting would be awesome. You could even switch teams every three innings.


this thread just keeps getting better. That would be such a fantastic memory for those kids!! Talk about winning over the younger generation. It's like MLB-VR or something . . . they could wear mini replica jerseys (Altuve's would be life-size) . . . they could mimic batting stances . . .

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