A friend sent me a message last night. He knew I was going to the game tonight and he wanted to warn me.
"Come late. Trust me on this one," or words to that effect.
One of my favorite parts of the night - seriously - is the intro video. I've seen more team intros than I care to remember. Some were simple, some complex, some well done, some remarkably stupid. One even involved fireworks. Indoors.
I enjoyed the one the Nats put together. It would be a lot more effective if the team wasn't brutal but you can say that about all of them. I always told my family, we can do whatever you want before the game but my one rule is I have to be in my seat for the intro.
NATS FANS - IT ALL STARTS -- RIGHT NOW! They play that music, Thunderstruck I think it is called. I enjoy the video.
Since Manny played a big part in it, it had to be redone. I figured they'd just shoot the same scenes with Riggleman and cut them in. Maybe they will eventually but my pal says it hasn't been done yet. They kind of just stretch the rest over the Manny parts.
Technology is grand. They had Dukes and Hanrahan cut out of there pretty darn quick. It can't be that hard to do this.
"It's not too bad if you never saw the original," he said. "If you did, well, it is bad."
Things usually go downhill after the intro. I'll be disappointed if they go downhill during the intro, too.
This will be my 25th game, three more than I saw last year. I will probably get to around 30. It's always tougher for me to get away in the second half. I've had three jobs now since the Nats have been around and all of them got pretty busy in August. Even this "un-job" I have now will crank up very soon.
Yes, you are correct if you noticed I haven't said anything yet about that crapfest of a game last night. I went to a memorial service yesterday for a 46-year-old friend of mine who died suddenly. Another reminder that, in the grand scheme of things, baseball doesn't mean squat. I listened to the first three innings on the radio - I do love baseball on the radio. I waited an hour after getting home before turning it on, hoping things would improve in my absence. They did not.
The only thing that's changed is the manager. And the intro video.