“We realize it is not mandated by law that your facility provide any accommodations, however we implore the organization to consider the fans and their families who love coming to games with their nursing and bottle-fed babies, but do not want to be isolated from enjoying a game we have paid a ticket to see. Additionally, for mothers who may be away from their children for the extended period that a game lasts, it would be courteous for the Washington Nationals organization to provide a space for pumping mothers to take a break in a private, sanitary space to express milk as necessary while attending a baseball game.

An ideal sanctioned Family space in Nationals Park would be ADA-compliant and include:

Comfortable armchairs for the nursing and bottle-feeding parent
Outlets for plugging in breast pumps
Counter space for diaper changing
A sink, trash cans, possibly lockers for renting
HVAC temperature maintained at a level which would be comfortable in a Dressing Room type of environment
Possible adjacency to the children’s play area
Privacy from the passing crowd
Display and sound of the live baseball game

We compel the Washington Nationals organization to consider this upgraded amenity to Nationals Park in order to better provide the team’s fans with an experience and accommodations to be expected from a family-friendly organization.”

You can read the full petition here.

Photo by PoPville flickr user Jennifer

From an email:

H Street Runners Spring Fun Run and Happy Hour on Tuesday March 24th

After a bit of hiatus, H Street Runners is up and running again! And just in time for spring! Join us as we re-launch this neighborhood running club next Tuesday evening, March 24th at 6:30 pm. Meet at the corner of 5th and H Street, NE, outside of The Big Board, for an easy run (~3 miles) up along the Metropolitan Branch Trail and back. Happy Hour at The Big Board (upstairs) starting at about 7:00 pm (after the run). RSVPs encouraged.”

Harper’s Home Run

Thanks to Lorie Shaull for sharing these great photos:

“Highlights were watching Scherzer pitch 5 innings on Friday for a 7-5 win against the Astros in Kissimmee and getting watch & photograph some real closeup pitching while he was in the bullpen; all totaled he struck out 6 batters and allowed one run on three hits. That same day I also had the good fortune to get a photograph of Harper hitting his first home run of the season. On Saturday Jordan Zimmerman pitched 5 innings for a 4-2 win over the Marlins at Space Coast Stadium, their home stadium in Viera.

Max Scherzer has been named the Opening Day starter vs the Mets on April 6.”

Max Scherzer

Zimmerman pitching
Jordan Zimmerman



From the Wizards facebook page:

“Black History Month is an annual celebration where we honor and recognize the contributions that African Americans have made to history. Join Monumental Sports & Entertainment as we reflect on some great inspirations of Black History. Check out our month long celebration on #inspire #wizardscare #BHM #nbacares #DREAM #King #Leonsis”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

For those not familiar it’s for a very good cause – from Cupid’s Undie Run:

“This Valentine’s Day weekend, come put the hilarity in charity with hundreds of half-naked runners taking to the streets in celebration of their fundraising for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.”

Two more shots after the jump. (more…)