So I really am only going to 1 regular season game this year. And I planned to go to this game bc it was a Bryce Harper Starting Lineup figurine game. I got tickets way back in March I believe to go and sit 3rd base line front row as I truly enjoy the atmosphere down the line there. It is so much fun to sit so close near the field and have the opportunity to watch baseball so close to the players and action. It’s the pound for pound best experience of my life, sports fandom wise hands down, no joke. Me and @danbostonboy went. u can ask him any questions regarding the true authenticity of the events that took place during the time I stepped foot on #Nats Park and then subsequently left #Nats Park.
Ok here we go. I will detail every event chronologically. First thing first was to get the Bryce Harper figurine giveaway. Easy enough. But there was a tropical storm that formed the day of game. Throwing the game up in air as to if it would be played on time. or delayed. Or delayed then postponed. Luckily The gates opened at 5:00 at #Nats Park. I walked in around 5:30 and had absolutely no problem getting a figurine. A huge sigh of relief bc the Starting Lineup figurine is awesome and #RallyMulletApproved
Amazing isn’t it? Just like when I was a kid and went into a KMart and picked out my original Starting Lineup. Idk how many years ago that was but I got a Andre Dawson for some reason. I didn’t want the Mike Schmidt one bc he was a Phillie. Anyway back to the game. So we got the figurine and by this time all the gates were open. So we went straight to center field wall where I always go first, and walk to the very first row in center field and overlook #Nats Park for batting practice. Obviously there was no BP bc it was slightly raining so we instead walked down to the front row and saw Stras and Roark tossing a ball. We were cheering for both of them while we played catch in first row. Pretty fun actually there was no one else around and we were just tossing the ball back n forth. After a couple minutes I asked a grounds crew member of the game had been delayed yet. And he laughed Not yet. They’re taking their time. Lol. Anyway we noticed u could walk up to the players closer. Down the first base line. And I decided to check where @danbostonboy seats we at. On our way there I looked for a rally towel bc I forgot mine. i thought it was in my bag but it wasn’t. but for some unknown reason #Nats Park doesn’t sell any #Nats Rally towels. Total let down. What the hell man. So we checked out his seat in section 134 and they were the same spot we wanted to walk to anyway. So we walk by the MASN recording booth area. I noticed Ray Knight going over notes and saw Mark Zuckerman. Zuck was on air or taping and when he stopped he walked by and I politely asked as much as I could if he would sign a baseball for me. He completely laughed and made a hilarious joke and we both we cracking up but I was serious I wanted his and Ray’s on a ball to add to my Rally Mullet cave. Zuck signed the ball I said thanks it was hilarious.
Here’s the ball:
Then I wanted to visit #TheRallyMullet ball at the Dream Foundation Wall Of Dreams. On the way there I ran into Thomas Jefferson of the #Nats Presidents.
Got to the Wall of Dreams and I was able to find it eventually bc it moves around on wall each year. It’s at the 4th panel 2 rows in 8 rows up from bottom. The ball says Natitude 2014 #TheRallyMullet . finally we checked the seats of @Danbostonboy The seats were around the same spot we wanted to walk to anyway to get a closer look at Stras and Roark but by the time we got there they had left. However Grace and Solis were warming up. Kid were around the seats so I stayed back a bit just cheering on the nats u know and cheering out things. and a #Nats fan asked for me to take a picture with her son. Which was actually really cool of her and I appreciated that so I did. He was a cool Nats kid fan. So then I went to the brew house to have a beer inside and it was still raining light drizzle and I figured there would be a delay. I really wanted a Mikes Hard Lemonade but the whole stadium doesn’t sell Mikes Hard. I’m not the most biggest fan of it by any means but I do like a little bang for my buck. Seeing that it’s going to cost $11 I think to me and this is just imho. But Mikes Hard Lemonade especially ponders r the best bang for buck out weighing any beer/a shot/ or a mixed drink. Anyway. So we go into bar, I get a IPA and then the game announces game will start at 7:30 first pitch. Wow. Ok it meant we had 30 minutes or so to drink. at this point I didn’t know anybody in the place but I did know @TroyChewing was at game. Low and behold the Chief Gnome himself called me while at Brew House. As Troy met up and found us the rain was coming down more than at 7:00. So being inside and at the corner of the bar to see the game start from inside bc u can stand there and watch game while inside straight away center field where the Red Porch is. So game started Me, Troy and Daniel all just watching as game is starting it’s rainy only getting worse as Marlins are up to bat. Of course Stanton gets up and as we shooting the shit he bombed a homerun dead away center field into Red Porch seats in front of us. Number 51. Dude can crank jacks out of any park anywhere in the park. CrZy. #Nats were down 1-0. Oh well who cares. Edwin Jackson was pitching it was bound to happen. Well the game was getting worse as bases were loaded. Rain was dieing down. Jackson couldn’t hold onto baseball bc of the rain. I figured they’d get a hit but some how Jax got out of the pickle. #Nats were down 1-0 after .5 inning. We decided it was time to go to our seats. Walked out rain was stopping anyway so that was good. #Nats get up and Trea Turner is up leading off. We stopped to watch him and clapped as he returned from the DL. Which is awesome. He struck out. Oh well. We split up. Thanks Troy for the hospitality at #Nats Park man you’re #RallyMulletApproved in my book.
The inning ended 1-0 #Nats down. I headed to my seat section 112 Row A seat 9. There are 3 seats together meaning connected. Then there’s a space of fencing. Then another 3 seats connected. Usually I’ll sit in the seat I’m numbered. But for this occasion the seat to left of me was open. The seat next to it was open then there was a Marlins fan. I wanted some more space so I sat down a seat which features a better shot at foul ground balls bc the tarp is in front of the seats grouped to the right in front of where I was supposed to sit. The 2 guys sitting behind me were hilarious as were the 2 security guys working the game. Absolutely hilarious heckling by the 2 guys the whole game they must of been professional hecklers. All game he was yelling #TheRallyMullet out and just trashing the Marlins third base coach Fredi Gonzalez. As the game went on the chances of getting a ball were becoming slim to none. However the security guy was telling all of us that Rendon would eventually throw a ball into the crowd. As was the case in the T7 Rendon turned around and chucks a ball down the line which nobody could get. It bounced around and a guy who was standing there got it and threw it to a young Nats fan. Very cool of him. The T8th was when I got my chance at glory. A Marlins player was up Rojas was his name. I didn’t actually have my glove on the whole game I had in on my lap and I figured if a ball got hit my way I could quickly put the glove on and try to catch it. Well. That happened. Sort of. Rojas hit a dribbler down the line. I figured soon as he hit it I had a chance. However it was impossible to get glove on my hand quickly enough so I bent down holding the glove out by the bottom of it and barely holding onto it at that. The guy next to me who was wearing a umpire jacket and hat also bent down to try and get to it. As if in slow motion the ball dribbled past his glove and by forces unbeknownst to me rolled and I some how snow coned it! It was absolutely incredible. I some how then was able to corral the ball into webbing of my glove and lean back up and secure the ball! I swear to god! Rendon and Fredi both saw me get the ball as I pumped my fists in pure excitement. The security guy was like Oh wow! The hecklers were screaming omg #TheRallyMullet got the ball! Then the security guy was like. U got the ball and that other dude didn’t wow! He always tries to get balls and never does! I was lmao! Once I remembered that the ball was hit from a Marlin, Instead of keeping it I wanted to give it to a #Nats fan. So I turned around and was like who wants it?! Everyone was like throw it to a kid! I saw a kid and threw a strike to him. People were chanting Rally Mullet. Rally mullet. It was hilarious I was dying. Later in T9 I noticed Fredi and Rendon were talking and I swear to god Fredi turned around and looked back at me and pointed as if to say look at that fan over there. Rendon looked back and was laughing and nodding his head like yep that’s my biggest fan. Swear to god! Anyway. As soon as the Game ended. The umpire came over to talk with that guy wearing a umpire jacket and hat and gave him a autograph. I was still putting my stuff in baggy and he sees me and says “You know you look like Rendon and the whole game I was wondering what was going on!” I was like, Seriously?! Haha! That made me lmao again. I got ready to leave only to see Screech come walking by with the sign #Nats win. I quickly asked him for a signature on my Mullet helmet. And he was awesome enough to do so. Screech is the man. Er Eagle. Lol still the story continues. After I got Screech’s auto. I noticed the scoreboard showing highlights of game. Turns out Anthony Rendon was the POG. 2/3 with 4 RBIS. How awesome. I made way up to steps to walk out when a older #Nats fan who was watching highlights as well says to me ” pretty good game you had I’d say” I was like yeah it was man. He said I saw u throw back the ball u caught there. Good for you way to go. I said thanks I appreciate it. Not kidding you the usher standing there watching us walk up says hey I just found a ball here. Do either of you want it? A brand new ball! I was like sure if I could I’d give it to my boy. The older guy was like ya sure let him have it. He caught a foul ball and gave it to kid he deserves it! Swear to god! That’s karma right there! Finally leaving the park me and DanBostonBoy saw Johnny holiday and Ray Knight giving the wrap of the game. We saw them and changed let’s go #Nats along with other people. He pointed out to the people next to us to motion over to come closer. So we kind of followed with them. After he talked to them I asked Ray if I could have a autograph on that brand new ball. He motioned to throw it to him and I did. He signed it and threw it back! I swear to god! How cool to have a ball thrown by a World Series MVP thrown back to you! All in all I could not have scripted a better time. What a great day and game. Next time I ever get to go I’m going to try and see if Rendon will throw me a ball during the T7th. That would be the ultimate.