Saturday, January 17, 2009
Once NatsFest is completed on Sunday, January 25th, the road will be clear for the beginning of pedestal placement for the three statues to be unveiled at Nationals Park in the early spring. Currently, plans are in place to erect the Walter Johnson, Josh Gibson and Frank Howard Artworks in The Centerfield Plaza, The N Street/Half Street SE Entrance to Nationals Park. These concrete supports, which will be covered in granite and etched with historical information about each Washington Baseball Great, will be placed toward the back end of the Centerfield Entrance--slightly in front of and to the right of The Red Porch Restaurant (as you face the left field seats).
Now remember, this is foundation work to support and protect the final product. The statues themselves are not complete yet and will not be added for some time.
If you gaze at the photo above, the approximate placing for the three statues will be at the bottom of the picture--at or near the large gray line which separates the color of the walkway concrete. One player will be placed more slightly in front, flanked by the other two. Each will line up directly with an entrance way. No decision on the final grouping yet.
There is hope The Public Unveiling for The Walter Johnson, Josh Gibson and Frank Howard Statues will be in early April, possibly at The Exhibition Game currently scheduled for April 4th at Nationals Park against The Baltimore Orioles. But nothing is etched in stone yet, although work on the concrete pedestals will commence in just a few short weeks.