Sunday, September 16, 2007
Jim & His Son Andy
Although this coming Sunday, September 23rd is the Final Game to be played at RFK Stadium by Our Washington Nationals--yesterday was The Final Game for one of The Old Ballyards Biggest Fans--Jim Doyle.
From 1968 through 1971--Jim was a Season Ticket Holder for The Washington Senators. His seats during those Final Seasons of American League Baseball in The Nation's Capital were in Section 320, Row 2--Seats 16 & 17. As a child, his son Andy fondly remembers attending many a Senators Games, cheering on Frank Howard, Dick Bosman, Eddie Brinkman and a host of others. While, at the same time--booing The New York Yankees. Yes, even in the late 60's, early 70's--someone was chanting "YANKEES SUCK".
Of course--at that time in baseball history--The Yankees Did Suck. And, so did The Washington Senators--expect for that Fabulous 1969 Renassaince Season when Ted Williams took over as Manager.
Jim Doyle was, and is--a HUGE BASEBALL FAN. Never did he believe ANY TEAM would return to call Washington, DC its home. Yet, when the stars all finally aligned in late 2004--The Montreal Expos became Our Washington Nationals. Jim Doyle was now retired. His son--Andy--now the working man, with a family of his own.
As a huge surprise for Christmas, 2004--Andy Doyle presented his Dad with a GIFT for THE AGES. Washington Nationals SEASON TICKETS to be shared among his family and friends.
Those Seats at Newly Renovated RFK STADIUM? Yes, you guessed it: Section 320, Row 2, Seats 16 & 17.
Don't ever tell me people don't care about RFK STADIUM. Jim Doyle does--and he loved every moment sitting beside his Son, His Wife and His Grandchildren over the past three seasons.
Sunday was a sad day for all of us in Section 320--and it had nothing to do with a loss to The Atlanta Braves. Jim Doyle witnessed his Final Game at the ballpark where, alongside his son Andy--they bonded as only a Father & Son can--some 38 Years Ago. Not a single one of us in Section 320--did not take notice of the poignient moment.
Yes, Jim Doyle is coming with us to New Nationals Park for 2008. But, an ERA came to an end yesterday on East Capital Street. Our Friend, and Section 320 Compatriot will no longer be sitting in his accustomed seat.
Sunday, September 16, 2007--will never be forgotten among Fellow Section 320's.
Mr. & Mrs. MickNats both exclaiming: "Now--If we can only get Our Washington Nationals to GIVE HIM THOSE SEATS--One Day."
Nothing would be more appropriate.