Turn Back the Clock

I went down to DC this weekend to visit my brother and to catch a game at shiny new Nationals Park. The theme for the day was a "Salute to the Negro Leagues" and so each time was wearing the colors of its local Negro League franchise instead of its regular uniforms. Pittsburgh was dressed as the Homestead Grays, and Washington was dressed as... the Homestead Grays. (There was a period where the Grays split their home games between Pittsburgh and DC.)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
HOMESTEAD GRAYS 0 1 0 1 3 0 1 2 0 8 14 2
HOMESTEAD GRAYS 2 3 0 0 0 4 0 0 X 9 14 1
  • I really like that the Nationals haven't sold the naming rights to their stadium. Nationals Park isn't the most original name, but it's succinct and rolls off the tongue a lot better than, say, "Citizens Bank Park."
  • The stadium itself is lovely. Now if only they could do something about the ticket prices... (Hey, I'm from Pittsburgh, we're spoiled in that regard.)
  • I was half-hoping that there'd be a diehard French Canadian fan in the front row bitterly yelling "Allez les Expos!" every time there was a rally. No dice.
  • But there was a guy in front of us wearing a Kevin Young shirt, and it looked like it was in great condition, to boot. Wonder what was up with that?
  • It was a bit disappointing to see Maholm get rocked so early, especially given his last performance. Then again, at times it looked like he was being backed up by the Keystone Kops on the field so it's not entirely his fault.
  • They had some Negro Leaguers signing autographs during the game, including Mamie "Peanut" Johnson — a woman who used to pitch for the Indianapolis Clowns in the waning days of the Negro Leagues. Yay gender equality.
  • During the Presidents Race, T.R. stopped at a street vendor's cart and was abnormally late getting on to the field. When he finally did show up, he was chasing the Pittsburgh Pierogis with a spork. Funny.

Photographs after the cut...

This is the first time I've really had a chance to use my zoom lens with my new camera body. For some reason, it wasn't locking into position right. Fortunately, I was able to fix that by adding a few layers of duct tape to the lens body. Ah, duct tape, is there anything you can't do?

The Center Field gate would look a lot nicer if it weren't for those parking structures on either side of it.

Chris chillin' with T.R.

Abe was flashing some gang signs right before this.

If Photomerge was a man and I was a woman...

...I would totally have its babies.

That must be Jelly, 'cause jam don't jiggle like that.

Mamie "Peanut" Johnson signs autographs on the Scoreboard Walk.

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