Knitting at the Ballpark

It’s been a really stressful week. The kind of week where it all seems to just get sucked right out of you. So when the chance came up to go with a group from work to the baseball game this afternoon, I took it. (We’re right across the street from the Washington Nationals.) None of my friends from my immediate office went today so I was by myself, pretty much, with about 75 other co-workers I don’t know that well.

I was alone, but I didn’t care. I had my knitting, the skies had cleared, it was cool and breezy and just a glorious afternoon. The Nats even won! That was a rare treat but they are currently on a winning streak. I somehow managed to capture a home run with the only video I shot all day:

Baseball. And knitting. A much-needed perfect day.

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Play Ball! (and knit while watching)

I’ve been so tired all weekend after Friday’s Stitch n Pitch, that I haven’t had the energy to lift my fingers and type much, let alone blog. But I don’t want the scenes from my fabulous time to go unblogged any longer. So here I am. (Apologies in advance that this post contains LOTS of photos!)

bonnie and trish knitting

The Washington Nationals were hosting the Texas Rangers, and the game went to 14 innings, with the Nats victorious! John and I had gotten up early for work that day though so I confess only surviving to the bottom of the 10th.

The first photo is me with my new friend Bonnie, who it seems of late I run into at just about every knitting event I go to. We sat next to each other at the Yarn Harlot’s visit to Annapolis and ran into each other again at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and Ravelry party. I should have guessed we’d be sitting next to each other for the Stitch n’ Pitch, since we were in the wheelchair seating area that was part of event seating.

Red Porch restaurant

The Ballpark is like Disneyland inside! Upon entering we were greeted with loud music provided by some DJ’s, and this HUGE restaurant right inside the gate.


Build a Bear Workshop


There are tons of restaurants, a Build-a-Bear Workshop, a Play Station arcade, and a playground for the kiddos.

My hubby took a panoramic view of the ballpark from where we were sitting:

Panoramic veiw of Nationals Stadium

And the Capitol was sorta behind us.

The US Capitol from the ballpark

Of course, there were LOTS of knitters!

crowd shot

And here’s a view of where I was sitting (I’m the blur in the aqua sweater at the top left.)

view of wheelchair accessible seating at top

There was a touching tribute to Tim Russert at the beginning:

Tribute to Tim Russert

And here’s the pitch:

the windup

the pitch

I made my DH hold the knitting so he could be in the blog, too… He’s not a knitter and he doesn’t love baseball, so all the silliness of the evening was somehow below his radar. But I think he had a good time.

John\'s not a knitter

One of the funniest things was the Racing Presidents, that would have Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, and Teddy Roosevelt rolling over in their graves. But truly, the race was one of the most entertaining moments.

scoreboard showing screenshot of presidential mascots

new friend

This is Radhika, who I was thrilled to meet along with her good friend and her guide dog (who scored a hot dog from one of the workers, lucky dog!). She is a new knitter and went to the Stitch n’ Pitch table for lessons on increasing, decreasing, and intarsia.

The scoreboard is pretty at night:

The scoreboard at night

And last but not least, the Washington Nationals’ unofficial mascot:

gnats in the night sky

The Washington gnats! (those white streaks in the black photo are a teeny sampling of the literally thousands of buggies that looked like snowflakes in the night sky.)

It was a great night, and I can’t wait for next year. See you there, Bonnie! :-)