Friday, March 30, 2007
Curly "W" In Centerfield
Invited I was today, to RFK Stadium for an opportunity to be revealed later. During my stay, I had the opportunity to go out to the sidelines of the field. The Grounds Crew was working hard, putting on the final touches to make sure everything is ready for Saturday's Exhibition and Monday's Home Opener. In centerfield, the grounds crew was cutting the grass in a particular way to form a Curly "W" when you look down on top of the field. Many baseball fans are familiar with this. Its become a standard throughout Major League Baseball.
"We are trying this out for the Opener," a Washington Nationals Official told me. "We are working with DC United to test this out. Not sure if this will last all season long, but once we move to the new ballpark in 2008, the Curly "W" will be a standard on the field."
Not much has really changed at RFK for its final season. Although the old ballyard looked alot cleaner, fresher in some areas. The Official telling me "We have spent all winter scrubbing and cleaning the park. No one had really done anything for years."
Never one to miss out on sitting in my customary seat in Section 320, I walked over and took in my standard view. Later while leaving, I noticed on the concourse, directly behind our section, Attman's Deli (I believe a Baltimore Establishment) has taken over one of the food stands, next to the Kosher Deli, replacing Burrito Brothers. But, I am not sure if Burrito Brothers has moved to another part of RFK Stadium.
Walking into the ballpark on a beautiful afternoon, with nary a person in sight, was wonderful. I sat there and took it all in for about 10 minutes--enjoying those precious moments, immensely. Very Nice.