A ROYAL VISIT TO WASHINGTON
For the first time since Richard Nixon was president, the Royals played a series in Washington D.C, The highlight, of course, was handing pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg his first loss as a Major Leaguer. The last time the Royals had played in D.C. was during the 1971 season, before the second Senators franchise relocated to Arlington, Texas and became the Rangers. (The original Senators had relocated to Minnesota after the 1960 season.)
Nationals Park opened in 2008. A beautiful new ballpark in Southeast D.C., it replaced antiquated, multi-purpose RFK Stadium, where the Nationals played their first three seasons after moving from Montreal in 2005. Note the Caoitol dome over the left field wall in the distance.
A closer look at the dome. Due to some buildings that have gone up beyond left field, you have to be up high to see the Capitol building. A beautiful site! Several Royals players and staff members took a field trip to the Capitol and had the chance to visit with Missouri Senator Kit Bond. Bob Davis also had the chance to catch up with Kansas Senator Sam Brownback.
The beautiful Presidents Club serves those with the seats right behind homeplate. Along the wall of the entrance hall are photos of presidential first pitches through the years. Here President Truman does the honors.
An entire wall of the Presidents Club displays a photo of Dwight Eisenhower’s Abiline (KS) High School baseball team. Ike is shown here in uniform along the top row on the right.
One of the fun traditions the Nationals started when they came to D.C. is the Racing Presidents. Every game it’s a competition among the likenesses of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt.