Have you ever followed the Washington Nationals on the road?
Nats Gallery Blog will let you “travel” with the Nationals for the remainder of the season. As a part of out “Nats Fans on the Road” series, we will interview Nationals fans who cheer on the Nationals when they sport their road uniforms. We hope their stories will help you get a better understanding of how to best enjoy a future road trip to a Nationals away game.
The second installment of “Nats Fans on the Road” takes us to Yankee Stadium, which opened in 2009, where the Nationals clinched the 2015 season series against the New York Yankees with a 5-4 11th inning victory on Wednesday afternoon. We caught up with three fans—Luis, James and Kenny—who attended the Nationals 6-1 road loss on Tuesday night.
Tuesday night was his first game at Yankee Stadium since 2009 when he watched the Nationals, who finished with a dreadful 59-103 record, defeat the eventual World Series champions.
Luis explained that the atmosphere at Yankee Stadium changed since his first experience in 2009 when a fan tried to fight him after a victory. This time the fans were more respectful. “I think the team’s reputation has improved so opposing fans, even Yankees fans, show us more respect,” he said. Yankees fans continue to be a rowdy group, Luis conceded, “but that’s Yankees fans.” His seats in section 417 come highly recommended.
— Luis Arias (@natsone) June 9, 2015
We caught up with James after he tweeted pictures of his view from the bleacher seats in right field that he bought for just $17. James told us he bought the tickets even though he had heard that the “rowdiest” fans sit in the bleachers.
Like Luis, James told us about how he felt welcome as a fan rooting for the visiting team. Yankees fans, he said, “cheered the whole time and showed their passion for the Yankees, but they never were disrespectful to us or anyone else.” Yankee Stadium got his seal of approval. “We would absolutely go back next time the Nats are there.”
Kenny, a rising junior at The George Washington University, spent last summer in Washington and he frequented Nationals Park. This summer he is home in New Jersey and he sent us a Snapchat to let us know he was at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night. There wasn’t a huge presence of Nationals fans at the game, he said, and the three Nationals fans sitting behind him in section 427 did not have much to cheer besides Harper’s fourth inning home run. Kenny explained that Yankees fans may have been more polite to the visiting Nationals fans as a result of the “change in atmosphere” that came with the move to the new stadium. He explained that “the atmosphere has become a lot less intense” as a ticket prices for the new stadium increased and because of an influx of tourists who come to games.
According to Kenny, here is how visiting Nationals fans can make the most of their trip to Yankee Stadium.
- Stop by the Mohegan Sun Sports Bar in center field for a panoramic view of the stadium.
- Check out Monument Park in center field until 45 minutes prior to the first pitch.
- Visit the Yankees Museum free of charge with your game ticket.