(Nationals Park sorta had the look-and-feel of a late-September game during NatsFest. Photo by Nationals Enquirer staff.)
“First of all, in the winter time you don’t know who you’re going to get. ... I think if we had good weather, this would have been a big crowd. ...You get to see everybody, and also we wanted to bring up Bryce and Stephen, and [fans] get to see he’s still alive and well, and I think it would have been a great scene out there with batting practice if we could have pulled it off, so I would think, my guess would be they’ll try to do the same thing next year and see if we can get better weather next time."
(Mark Lerner, via Nationals Journal, 3/30/2011)
They tried. And if at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
Hats off to the hundreds of hearty souls who made their way out to Nationals Park in the cold and rain for NatsFest.
Now, what about Opening Day tomorrow? Call this thing off early -- play it Friday?