1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

From a press release:

“Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the D.C. Council announced today that the District’s city hall, the John A. Wilson Building, will go red in support of the Washington Nationals’ Major League Baseball playoff run. Beginning tonight, Wednesday, October 1, the District will illuminate the building with red exterior lighting for as long as the Nationals remain in the playoffs. Mayor Gray and the D.C. Council turned the building red the last time the Nationals were in the playoffs in 2012.

“As a lifelong baseball fan, I am extremely proud of the Nats. They’ve had an amazing season with some incredible individual performances – but what impresses me the most is how they play as a team. I’m excited to cheer them on all the way to the District’s first World Series win since 1924,” said Mayor Gray. “And starting tonight, we’re going to turn the Wilson Building red to show everyone that the District is behind them 100 percent.”

The Nationals, as champions of the National League East Division, will play Game 1 of their National League Division Series against the winner of tonight’s National League Wild Card play-in game on Friday, October 3 at Nationals Park. Mayor Gray is scheduled to attend.”

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YES!!! Let’s keep it going through October. Congrats Nats!

From an email:

“The Washington Nationals released the following statement this evening after clinching the NL East Division Championship:

“We are so proud of this organization,” said Ted Lerner, Managing Principal Owner of the Washington Nationals. “Watching them clinch their second NL East Division Championship in three years means so much to our fans, our city and our family. Mike Rizzo and Matt Williams should be commended for building and leading a championship club. Tonight, we celebrate this milestone but realize that there is still work to do and goals to accomplish. We are looking forward to the possibilities that lie ahead.”

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From an email:

“The Washington Nationals announced today that tickets for potential Postseason National League Division Series games at Nationals Park will go on sale to the general public on Monday, September 22 at 10 a.m. A maximum of four tickets for each game may be purchased either online at nationals.com/postseason or by calling 888.632.NATS(6287) on a first come, first served basis. Tickets will be unavailable for purchase at the box office.

In addition, the Nationals Park Box Office will sell a limited number of Standing Room Only tickets the day of each postseason game, subject to availability. Grandstand seating will not be available for purchase day-of-game during the 2014 Postseason. In the event the Nationals qualify, National League Championship Series and World Series single game tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks, based on availability.

Season Plan Holders and NATS PLUS members received information regarding their opportunity to purchase single game Postseason tickets earlier this month. Fans only have a few more days to place a deposit on 2015 full season ticket plans and receive 2014 Postseason ticket purchase priority before tickets go on sale to the general public.

The Nationals could secure a Postseason berth as early as this week, as the team’s magic number to clinch the National League East is four.”

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From a press release:

“As the effort to bring the Summer 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games to the Capital Region kicks into full gear, Russ Ramsey and Ted Leonsis, Chair and Vice Chair of Washington 2024, today announced the formation of a leadership team composed of respected members of our community including athletes, business leaders and elected officials. Ramsey and Leonsis also called on residents in Washington, Virginia, and Maryland to visit DC2024.org, where they can get involved, support the bid and share their vision of unity represented by the Olympic movement.

“We are proud and humbled to have the USOC consider Washington for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Russ Ramsey, Chairman and CEO of Washington 2024. “The leadership team and I embrace the ideal of unity embodied in the Olympic Movement, which has inspired and united people around the world through the universal language of sport. Our hope is that by bringing the Summer Olympic Games to Washington, we will foster greater unity in the Capital Region.”

Below is a list of the Washington 2024 Board Members. (more…)

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Thanks to a reader for passing on this bit of awesomeness from Craigslist:

” Are you an Old Geezer with an Extra Nats Ticket? (Washington, DC)

Did you purchase season tickets and are looking for someone to go with you? Have you suddenly found you have an extra ticket because your baseball buddy is passed out drunk on the floor or is now on life support?

Would you rather have an empty seat next to you or would you like to invite me, an avid Nats fan, to enjoy the game with you?

I am a 65-year-old Senior Lady (SWF ~ not interested in married men). I am moderately attractive, at least the villagers haven’t run me out of town with pitchforks and torches yet.

I cry unabashedly during the National Anthem and when the military receives their well deserved recognition. I promise if I catch a foul ball I will give it to you, providing it doesn’t first knock me in the head and give me a concussion.

So, if you have an extra ticket that isn’t going to be used and would like to invite me to stand next to you as we Root, Root, Root for the home team….get in touch…. it would be a real shame to let your unused ticket go to waste…..”

Upshur and Rock Creek Church Rd, NW

From a press release:

“On September 27th, runners will become a part of history when they join Olympic champion Joan Benoit Samuelson at the first annual Freedom 5K XC at President Lincoln’s Cottage! After winning the Boston Marathon twice, Ms. Benoit Samuelson went on to become the first woman to ever win the gold medal in the Olympic marathon at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The Freedom 5K XC, a unique cross country event open to the general public, provides a rare opportunity for runners and walkers alike to race on the 250 acre Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) campus, where President Lincoln and his family resided during his presidency. All proceeds and donations support preservation, award-winning programs, and innovative initiatives such as the Students Opposing Slavery program at President Lincoln’s Cottage, the only privately funded National Monument in the nation.

The Freedom 5K XC traverses the picturesque AFRH grounds, on roads and paths that wind past ponds, woods, and fields. As a cross country-style course, the running surface will include paved and unpaved pathways. The run culminates at President Lincoln’s Cottage, “the Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation,” where Lincoln developed his seminal document in our country’s ongoing struggle for freedom.

The Freedom 5K XC will take place on Saturday September 27th at 8:00 am. Early bird registration is $30 and ends on August 27. Registration after August 27th is $40 per person. Registration for the Freedom 5K XC is managed by Potomac River Running Club; to register online and get more information visit here.”


A reader sends the photo above and writes:

“Only in DC can you watch your team win the World Cup, and then go right up to the sovereign territory of the country you beat to taunt them (well, not only in DC, I guess if you happen to be near the actual country, but you get the idea).”

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“Dear PoPville,

My friend went to the baseball game yesterday and brought all the goods to tailgate, as he has done for already this season as well as most games for the past 4 years. He was told that tailgating AND BEER was no longer allowed in the parking lot. This is unbelievable! Have you or other readers heard anything about this?! Is it just certain lots that you can’t tailgate in???? Was it an April Fools joke in July?! Please advise…”