WASHINGTON, D.C. — Recently I started putting pennants up in my son’s room. My alma mater and my father’s alma mater are represented on one wall. On the opposite wall, I have started putting up D.C. team pennants, starting with the Washington Nationals and Capitals. I’ll eventually get a Redskins pennant for him off of ebay (don’t want to send money to Dan Snyder ). That leaves the Washington Wizards and DC United. For the latter, I looked at a few pennants online and didn’t like them too much. For one thing, the logo is perpendicular to the name — looks silly. So, I figured I might have more luck visiting the official team store at Verizon Center. I recently went there on a Sunday and found out the store was closed. No big worries though, half the fun of the trip was riding the Metro — little kids love riding the trains.
Fast forward to last Friday. Preschool was closed and I took the day off to be with my son. I decided on a whim to try the team store again. So, we parked in Pentagon City and picked up the Yellow Line to Gallery Place/Chinatown. I figured that a weekday in season for both the Wizards and the Caps would be open. Well, that’s not how it worked out, the gates down and the store had a sign that it would be open for the most recent Wizards game which was the day before. So, we didn’t get a pennant, or Caps t-shirt.
After a snack, I figured we’d see if Nationals Park would work out. With Opening Day under a week away, we got on the Green Line in search of a new Nats shirt and a new cap (can’t find his current one). The luck there was no better:
So, two team stores, both closed. I didn’t spend a dime.
How can you have the team store at the ball park closed for the first 20% of the season, Andy Feffer? Why have a team store in the downtown area if it isn’t open, Ted Leonsis?
As I said though, my son had a great time riding the Metro, so these trips were far from being a loss. I’ll probably stop trying to go to brick and mortar stores.
METS 4 Nats 3
I only saw 4 or 5 innings of the game. Good to see Jayson Werth finally get a hit, a triple no less. Good to see lots of men on base. Bad to see so many stuck there when the inning ended. You don’t get to complain about the umpires if you leave 9 men on. Edwin Jackson only went 5 innings in his debut, giving up 3 runs. Bullpen was solid until Henry Rodriguez blew the save in the ninth. ESPN Boxscore
A visit to Dr. James Andrews is never a good thing (The Post), get well Drew Storen.
Nationals vs. Mets: Henry Rodriguez’s ninth-inning meltdown shows how much Washington misses Drew Storen – The Post
Mistakes, missed opportunities plague Nationals in loss to Mets – The Wash. Times
The Mets are 4-0. Nats fall to 2-2, having lost two one-run games and lost the other.