Photo by Ann Shields
Speak Softly and Carry a Big Baseball Bat
In the middle of the fourth inning of every home game played by the Washington Nationals, a presidential race takes place—an actual footrace run between mascots depicting four former U.S. presidents. This ridiculous and hyper-local tradition has gone on at Nationals Park since the stadium opened in 2008 (and took place before that at the team’s previous home, RFK Stadium). Your food choices are not limited to peanuts and Cracker Jacks: ballpark options includes choice chains like Blue Smoke, Peets Coffee and Shake Shack as well as DC favorite, Ben’s Chili Bowl, and kiosks specializing in Maryland crabcakes and Virginia ham biscuits and many varied craft brews from the region. The park, a cornerstone of Southeast D.C.’s rapidly growing Navy Yard district, is easily reached by the Metro green line (dedicated trains run on game days). Go, take in a game, and enjoy a little Washington partisanship that doesn’t involve politicians.
By Ann Shields, AFAR Staff
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