Here is a preview of the new 7000 series Metro train car that will run on the Silver Line as well as replace the oldest cars in the fleet.
The cars are being made by Kawaski in Japan.
The interior is sleeker and has dynamic maps like the newer New York subway cars. More poles to hang onto as well which will be needed because there will be fewer seats. The pixelated graphic imagery already looks dated though.
TYSONS CORNER, Va. — Something that I think people forgot in all the antipathy between fans of the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies and their fans is the Nats won season series victory last year. That won me a cheesesteak from a friend who follows the Phillies, the Ombudsman. It was only the second time in the brief history of the rivalry that the Nats beat the Fleas head-to-head over the course of a season. The last time around was in 2006 and we met up in Philly. We skipped that since we now work a mile apart in Tysons; I claimed my winnings at The Philadelphia Cheesesteak Factory in the food court of Tysons Corner Center.
I think I may have overdone the enthusiasm there a bit, I look the kind of guy who would write things like OUR WASHINGTON NATIONALS and talk about MY BEST FRIEND in my blog posts. The cheesesteak was enjoyable (though needlessly salty) along with not having to buy another half-smoke for the Ombudsman. I owed him a lot of those over the years. The challenge resumes in May for its 7th year — the first year we didn’t do it and the teams split anyway.
I did not see this coming. The Washington Nationals just swept the Philadelphia Phillies in Citizens Bank Park to win the season series 10-8. The entered the series needing two win 4 games in 3 days against the NL East champions and did it with 2 rookie pitchers, another prospect and John Lannan. They won 9 of the last 11 games against the Phillies this year. Unbelievable!
Since 2006, the Ombudsman and I have been having a “mayor’s bet” the Cheesesteak/Half-Smoke Challenge. I won the first year, but as the Phillies dominated the Nats, I owed him a lot of half-smokes. So, I am really excited to be on the right side of the wager for a change, plus the universal currency of basking in the reflective glory of the winning team, while he basks in the reflective humiliation of his losing team, because right now that’s totally what he’s doing and not wondering who the Phillies will face in the NLDS.
Oh and Davey Johnson pulling Doug Slaten with 2 outs and a 6-0 lead in the ninth for the CSX Move of the Game– masterful trolling Davey (and Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler for choosing that as the move of the game). Would have been even better if Todd Coffey didn’t give up a run after coming in, but details, details.
The Nats are now 76-79 with 6 games to play since one was cancelled due to rain. The Atlanta Braves come to town for a 3 game series needing every win they can get as they try to hold on for the NL Wild Card. After that, the Nats make their final trip to play the Florida Marlins who are leaving whatever the Dolphins stadium is called this week. Given the stakes for the Braves and the Marlins inexplicable dominance over the Nats makes me certain that the goal of a winning season is simply unattainable.
Lannan looks better than ever as Nats top Pirates, 9-2 – The Post
One of these years, I am going to finally get to PNC Park to see the Washington Nationals. I have a lot of incentive next year, because The Maryland Bureau Chief owes me Primanti Bros. with the Nats winning the season series with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Now watch, the series will be scheduled in the middle of the week next year. I think it has been a weekend series all six seasons the Nats have been in the league.
Great to see John Lannan pitching so well too, I was worried he was done after the way he pitched early this season. He might still get his customary 9 wins. Good too see him get 9 runs of support too.