Thursday, June 21, 2012

Strasburg throws 10 Ks to break the Washington Nationals' losing streak

I had spent last weekend watching baseball in DC, and last night Stephen Strasburg was on the mound to strike out 10 batters and end the Washington Nationals' losing streak at four.  Last night's game was the 2nd game in the Tampa Bay Rays v Washington Nationals' series.  I was at Nationals Park, since my friend Cathy offered up her seats to the game.

Question: Who can't resist the opportunity to get two free tickets in good seats to go watch the Nationals baseball?!?!

Answer: Not this girl.  I watched the game comfortably behind the Nationals dugout (i.e right before 1st base).
As I mentioned, this was my fourth time at Washington Nationals Park in less than a week, and I was looking forward to seeing the Nationals rebound and get back to their winning ways.  For those of you that don't know, the Yankees swept the Nats over the weekend, and the Nats dropped another game against Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
Last night, I went to the ballpark sporting my Strasburg jersey and the man on the mound did not disappoint.  The Nationals came out on top with a score of 3 to 2. Stephen Strasburg was Player of the Game after striking out 10 batters with an ERA of 2.54.

Last Valentine's Day I got a new camera and of course I brought it to the game. I absolutely love this camera. Hope you enjoy the pictures --- for this blog post I focused on Stephen Strasburg, Joel Peralta, and Hideki Matsui.

Peralta was interesting to me after the pine tar controversy from Tuesday night's game.  Can you see inside his glove?!?!  Neither can I...

After last night's game, the Washington Nationals are 39-27.  They still lead the NL East. 

Personally, I'm more of an Americal League girl, but I have to admit that it's great to have such a fun team to watch here in DC.
Hope you enjoy my pictures!


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Yankees defeat the Nats 5-3 after 14 innings

Saturday afternoon I was sitting pretty (i.e. eating and drinking) on my perch at the PNC Diamond Club at Washington Nationals Park for the 2nd game of the 3-game series between the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals.

Unfortunately I forgot my camera when I went to the game so all the pictures I have a from my iPhone.  Once again, I went into the game expecting to see Bryce Harper do something special.  After 14 innings, I left feeling a little frustrated that I hadn't seen the special player that everyone raves about.

One special thing that happened at the game was when Eric Chavez hit a foul ball that went into my section.  The older men sitting at the table behind me couldn't catch the ball, so it fell right behind me.  I had to lunge, but I was able to get the ball!  Now both of the baseballs I have are from Yankees!  The first was from Alex Rodriguez, when he tossed me one in Minnesota (i.e. at a Twins game) and now this one from Saturday, 

Yankees won on Saturday with a score of 5-3.  It was a marathon, but a great day for baseball!

I ran into Teddy on the way out and although he never wins the Presidents' Race, he's a winner when he's with ME.


Saturday, June 16, 2012

Yankees defeat the Nats in the 1st game of a 3 game series

I know this blog has been quiet lately, because I've been in and out of the country.  Now that I'm "back", lately I've been focusing more on baseball than basketball since I can't stand the thought of the LeBron James and the Miami Heat winning the 2012 NBA Championship...  Come on Oklahoma City Thunder!!!

OK, enough of that.  Back to the point of this post.

Did you know that the New York Yankees hadn't played the Washington Nationals in DC since June 2006?!?!  Those games were played at RFK Stadium.  No wonder people were buzzing...

I have a lot of friends in the DC area who are Yankees' fans and this series was all they could talk about.  When I was playing on the Nationals' ticketing website, I spotted a pair of good seats behind home plate slightly towards the 3rd base line...  Who doesn't want to be closer to A-Rod?!!?  Let's be real.  Alex Rodriguez is much better looking than Derek Jeter.  Needless to say, I grabbed the seats as fast as I could and called my Jetah-loving friend, Teri, to let her know we were golden!

I went to the game, thinking that the Nats would play better than they did.  I was also excited to finally see Bryce Harper play.  Unfortunately, I can't remember him doing anything memorable at the game...

The AL East leading New York Yankees came to DC and beat the NL East Washington Nationals by a score of 7-2 on Friday night, and I was hooked.  After the game I went straight to the ticket window and picked up a ticket in the PNC Diamond Club for Saturday's afternoon game.  ****  If you haven't been to the Diamond Club yet, I think you should go.  It's a great place to watch a game and reasonably priced if you go there hungry and thirsty! 

Hope you enjoy the pictures!