Is Nationals Park the 7th worst ballpark in the majors?

Full Disclosure: I haven’t been to Nationals Park since Recreation 5 of the 2019 World Series, October twenty seventh of that 12 months — or— that’s not correct, truly, it’s been since Winterfest that 12 months, which was held in the ballpark. With parks empty for many of 2020’s COVID marketing campaign and the persevering with risk from the pandemic driving most interplay with the media on-line the final two years, we haven’t been capable of justify the expense of touring to cowl the group in particular person when a lot is completed on-line (and since there’s no finances, per se, for journey and protecting video games in particular person), however until Nationals Park has taken a severe flip for the worse in the time since our final journey, we now have a tough time agreeing with the place the membership’s house ended up, as No. 7 on the Moneywise list of the worst ballparks in the majors. Seventh-worst?

The effects on surrounding neighborhoods that Nationals Park has had in Washington, DC.


Photograph by Invoice O’Leary/The Washington Submit by way of Getty Pictures

Right here’s what the Moneywise people who put the checklist collectively needed to say about Nationals Park (with apologies for rewarding folks for making slideshow/lists):

“The Nationals bought a brand new house in 2008, however the slightly sterile stadium — meant to resemble a nationwide monument — lacks character. When the park opened, you may see the U.S. Capitol from most seats, however new improvement has blocked these views.

“The meals can appear common, and followers ought to brace for lengthy strains at safety and the concessions.

“On Yelp, some reviewers complain about bored, disinterested followers on enterprise outings who chatter away throughout the video games and destroy the expertise for others.”

So, sure, all of us have complained or heard others complain about the parking tons blocking the view of the Capitol from some (however not all) seats, and the “sterile” and “lacks character” complaints are acquainted, as is the discuss the company/political guests to the park missing the enthusiasm of your common fan, so nothing notably new right here, and, surprisingly, there’s no point out of followers leaving early to catch the final Metro trains house, in order that’s a optimistic I suppose.

Los Angeles Dodgers v Washington Nationals

Photograph by Mitchell Layton/Getty Pictures

And possibly it’s that our final expertise at the park was for World Collection video games, the place, apart from the end result, it was a terrific expertise of a full, engaged fan base cheering on the membership, and the incontrovertible fact that we’re typically in the press field, versus the stands which is taking part in a job in our disagreeing with their rating of Nationals Park as the 7th worst ballpark in the majors, however what do you assume?

The one parks worse than Nationals Park on the checklist: 6. Angels Stadium; 5. Marlins Park; 4. Chase Area; 3. Assured Price Area; 2. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum; 1. Tropicana Area.

For the report, we’ve/I’ve solely been to Nationals Park, OPACY, Fenway, Citi Area, and Yankee Stadium, as a fan and a media member/reporter in these circumstances, in addition to Stade Olympique in Montreal again in the Expos days, so it’s onerous to actually choose how Nats Park compares to all of the different massive league ballparks, however what do you make of the rankings?

Additionally, are you able to inform we’re uninterested in no signings or rumors and determined for content material? Sorry. We’ll attempt more durable tomorrow…

[ed. note “Do us a favor? Don’t tell Patrick that the worst stadium list is from this past July and somehow ended up back in our (and others’) Twitter feed(s) this past weekend. He was just so happy to have something to write about and we didn’t have the heart to tell him, thanks.”]

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