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PotomacCyclist
04-03-2014, 10:55 PM
https://www.facebook.com/CapitalBikeshare

The Nats play their home opener tomorrow (Friday), weather permitting. Capital Bikeshare will have a CaBi bike corral at the 1st & N St SE station so that anyone can ride CaBi to the game without worrying about a lack of docks for the bike.

They have also expanded that station to 39 docks.

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As for the Nationals, they are off to a good start, sweeping the Mets in NY to run off to a 3-0 record. The one problem is catcher Wilson Ramos and another injury, this time his hand.

Some members of the national media have already predicted the Nats to go to, and win, the World Series this year. But at least the coach doesn't seem to have done the same thing this season. (Davey Johnson said "World Series or bust" last pre-season. That may have put unnecessary pressure on the young team. Maybe it was a form of the BikeArlington reverse psychology jinx, or something like that.)

At the very least, the Nats should be competitive, as they were in 2012. They had the best regular-season record in baseball that season, but lost in the 1st round of the playoffs. They have a very strong pitching rotation, among the best in the league. They have a very talented line-up. It's early in the season but four of their starters currently have batting averages over .400. If that isn't a fast start, I don't know what is.

jrenaut
04-04-2014, 08:52 AM
Don't overlook Gio Gonzalez's 372 OPS+. Not even Babe Ruth ever did that.

Steve O
04-04-2014, 12:41 PM
Also, remember that the Nationals provide free, secure, valet bike parking. It's a great service, located at the entrance to the garage under the right field seats.

http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/was/ballpark/directions/index.jsp?content=biking

lordofthemark
04-04-2014, 01:22 PM
Took a walk around (M and 3rd area) at lunch, and there were lots of people on bikes all around - both CaBi and owned bikes.

lordofthemark
04-04-2014, 05:59 PM
Oh my goodness - traffic, traffic everywhere. When I saw the traffic on 3rd, I figured NJ would be bad, so I took 2nd, but K was bad, and well everything was bad. Eye at least you have the bike lane, but there was so much turning traffic even it was much worse than normal - and these are mostly folks who don't usually drive around the area. For all that I liked the carnival atmosphere at lunch hour, I look forward to bike commuting when there is not a day game.

PotomacCyclist
04-11-2014, 12:42 AM
5187

https://twitter.com/bikeshare/status/454246067375071232/photo/1

cyclingfool
04-11-2014, 09:05 AM
5187

https://twitter.com/bikeshare/status/454246067375071232/photo/1

But where are there helmets?! This is soooooo unsafe. :rolleyes:

Howard L.
04-11-2014, 05:13 PM
But where are there helmets?! This is soooooo unsafe. :rolleyes:

hahaha! There's a horribly tasteless joke about Lincoln needing one more than most in there somewhere.

cyclingfool
04-11-2014, 07:42 PM
hahaha! There's a horribly tasteless joke about Lincoln needing one more than most in there somewhere.

The all new Giro Stovepipe. :D

PotomacCyclist
04-12-2014, 12:06 AM
I think success has gone to Teddy's head. Look at how big it is.

5191

https://www.facebook.com/CapitalBikeshare/photos/a.138245472875449.17856.134700293229967/752543521445638/?type=1&relevant_count=1

drevil
04-25-2014, 03:07 PM
https://www.facebook.com/CapitalBikeshare

The Nats play their home opener tomorrow (Friday), weather permitting. Capital Bikeshare will have a CaBi bike corral at the 1st & N St SE station so that anyone can ride CaBi to the game without worrying about a lack of docks for the bike.

They have also expanded that station to 39 docks.



Is this generally the case, i.e., they do a CaBi corral at games so you don't have to worry about where to drop it off when going to the game? Wife and I are going to tonight's game and don't want to spend a lot of time looking for a place to dock the CaBi. Also, is trying to get a CaBi at the end of the game an exercise in frustration?

PotomacCyclist
04-25-2014, 09:48 PM
I think they only have a CaBi corral for special occasions, such as home opening day, and maybe the playoffs (fingers crossed).

Just as with downtown stations on weekdays, the Nats Park stations have dockblocking problems on game nights or days. The stations fill up before the game and empty out after the game. The SpotCycle app is useful for checking the status of bikes and docks at stations, but it won't help if all the nearby stations are full or empty.

Nationals Park also has a bike valet for personal bikes. It has received good reviews here though I haven't used it myself.

Terpfan
04-28-2014, 01:23 PM
I think they only have a CaBi corral for special occasions, such as home opening day, and maybe the playoffs (fingers crossed).

Just as with downtown stations on weekdays, the Nats Park stations have dockblocking problems on game nights or days. The stations fill up before the game and empty out after the game. The SpotCycle app is useful for checking the status of bikes and docks at stations, but it won't help if all the nearby stations are full or empty.

Nationals Park also has a bike valet for personal bikes. It has received good reviews here though I haven't used it myself.

The valet is pretty good. You still pretty much lock your bike up, but it's covered, sort of caged in area, and they sit there all game. They also have a pump to boot in case your low on tires and the one staffer had tubes one year (although I think he was selling them himself, nevertheless, it was helpful).

Emm
04-28-2014, 02:40 PM
The valet is pretty good. You still pretty much lock your bike up, but it's covered, sort of caged in area, and they sit there all game. They also have a pump to boot in case your low on tires and the one staffer had tubes one year (although I think he was selling them himself, nevertheless, it was helpful).

Thank you SO MUCH for that info. I have season tickets to the Nats and was wondering how the bike valet worked--the boyfriend and I want to bike down there, but leaving nice bikes outside of Nats stadium seemed risky. This sounds like a much safer option. Hopefully we can bike to the next weekend game and try the bike valet out :)

(Note: I also just learned you can pretty much bring all the food you want into Nats Stadium, in a smallish collapsible cooler. I am super happy I bought a cooler I can bungee to my bike's back rack now. Im going to save like $20 a game on concessions. If theyd let you bring more than 1 bottle of water in too Id be happy forever)

rcannon100
04-28-2014, 03:01 PM
Do people tip the bike valet?

That is not what I understand NATs ouitside food policy to be


Outside Food And Beverage
All food items must be contained in single serving bags within a soft-sided container or cooler that does not exceed 16" x 16" x 8". Metal, plastic or glass containers of any kind (except for factory-sealed, clear plastic water bottles, no larger than 1 liter, baby food, empty water bottles and juice boxes) are prohibited at Nationals Park. Only one bottle of water per person will be permitted. See GUEST CONDUCT POLICY (Prohibited Items).

We bring in bottles of water and single serving bags of chips.

dasgeh
04-28-2014, 04:06 PM
Outside Food And Beverage
All food items must be contained in single serving bags within a soft-sided container or cooler that does not exceed 16" x 16" x 8". Metal, plastic or glass containers of any kind (except for factory-sealed, clear plastic water bottles, no larger than 1 liter, baby food, empty water bottles and juice boxes) are prohibited at Nationals Park. Only one bottle of water per person will be permitted. See GUEST CONDUCT POLICY (Prohibited Items).

I'm imagining a Top Chef challenge to design a gourmet picnic that meets those criteria...

Thought I'm not sure what kind of "single-serving bags" aren't plastic... I guess the cloth ones?

Emm
04-28-2014, 04:31 PM
I'm imagining a Top Chef challenge to design a gourmet picnic that meets those criteria...

Thought I'm not sure what kind of "single-serving bags" aren't plastic... I guess the cloth ones?

I recently brought in grilled bbq chicken, pasta salad, and regular salad. They let aluminum foil slide usually, or at least those aluminum foil tins if kept within the cooler. Worst case they just ask to see whats inside it. You just bring in paper plates and forks. Also the "single serving bags" can also be larger than a sandwich bag. I used something between a sandwich bag and a gallon bag. Each bag was enough of the dish for 2 people.

rcannon100
04-28-2014, 07:09 PM
This is good! I was completely misreading that!

Can I bring in a back pack filled to the brim of single serving bags of peanuts???? :cool:

FeltZ85
05-18-2014, 11:42 AM
I used bikeshare to get to the game last night and I won't be doing it again. All of the docs were full within a mile of the stadium and there didn't seem to be any effort at all to balance any of the stations. I circled around aimlessly for what seemed like eternity checking the spotcycle app every few minutes to no avail.

DCLiz
05-18-2014, 08:20 PM
Do people tip the bike valet?


I give them $1 or $2. The same as taking a Circulator round trip but so much faster and more fun. Plus the guys are awesome.

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DCLiz
05-18-2014, 08:24 PM
I used bikeshare to get to the game last night and I won't be doing it again. All of the docs were full within a mile of the stadium and there didn't seem to be any effort at all to balance any of the stations. I circled around aimlessly for what seemed like eternity checking the spotcycle app every few minutes to no avail.

Yeah, you have to arrive early. I wish CaBi could set up a permanent corral in collaboration with the bike valet. Since they seem to have ruled that out, I gave them lots of encouragement in social media when they offered the corral on opening day.

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FeltZ85
05-19-2014, 08:36 AM
I give them $1 or $2. The same as taking a Circulator round trip but so much faster and more fun. Plus the guys are awesome.

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How quickly do they fill up? I thought about using it, but didn't want to get stuck locking up to a meter for hours.

DCLiz
05-19-2014, 09:37 AM
How quickly do they fill up? I thought about using it, but didn't want to get stuck locking up to a meter for hours.

I have never seen it too full, even during big games like Opening Day.

FeltZ85
05-19-2014, 09:51 AM
I have never seen it too full, even during big games like Opening Day.

Thanks. That's good to know. I sort of assumed it would be full hours before the game.

Steve O
05-19-2014, 11:06 PM
The bike valet is the very best way to get to baseball games. The attendants are friendly and awesome. You can leave all your stuff with your bike (like a pannier or backpack) and it will all be there when you return--just as you left it. No need to bring a lock. I wear a bike jersey to ride down and then put on my Nationals shirt when I get there (possible to do because I'm male). Then I just hang my jersey on the bike, and my helmet, and anything else I've schlepped with me.

At Sunday's game they were pretty full when I arrived at the end of the first inning, but somehow they always figure out how to get all the bikes in. Like DCLiz I generally tip them $1 or $2.

dasgeh
05-20-2014, 10:46 AM
But will they take a bakfiets?

PotomacCyclist
05-30-2014, 12:55 PM
A Washcycle post about a DDOT transportation study for the Buzzard Point/Waterfront area (M Street SE-SW Transportation Study). D.C. United could move into a new soccer stadium at Buzzard Point, not far from Nationals Park. Improved transportation throughout that area would be necessary.

http://www.anacostiawaterfront.org/awi-transportation-projects/m-street-se-sw-transportation-study/

http://www.thewashcycle.com/2014/05/southeast-southwest-special-events-transportation-analysis.html

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If and when the stadium is built and CaBi stations are added at the soccer stadium, those could be useful for those who want to use CaBi for Nats games. If there isn't a soccer match at the same time, then members could drop off bikes at the nearby soccer stadium bike stations. The soccer stadium would only be a couple blocks away from Nats Park (Half and 2nd Streets SW, between R and T Sts.).

PotomacCyclist
09-28-2014, 03:01 PM
Seriously? Final day of the season, Denard Span sets the Nats single-season hit record. Oh, and Jordan Zimmermann throws the 1st no-hitter in Nats history!

NL East champions and top seed in the NL playoffs. First Nats playoff game on Friday!

Terpfan
09-30-2014, 08:18 AM
Seriously? Final day of the season, Denard Span sets the Nats single-season hit record. Oh, and Jordan Zimmermann throws the 1st no-hitter in Nats history!

NL East champions and top seed in the NL playoffs. First Nats playoff game on Friday!

Sadly it looks like a 12:07 or 3:07 start time :(.

I'm going, but annoyed that my extra tickets may be a pain to sell. The Saturday game is going to be tough for me too. Taking an older relative to MD v OSU football at noon then dropping her off and back down to DC for Nats at 5:30. I swear MLB sometimes hates Washington. Especially with the nonsense that the Nats couldn't pay for Metro to stay open late because it may set a bad precedent for other MLB teams, ergo the AU sponsorship.

cyclingfool
09-30-2014, 08:44 AM
...Especially with the nonsense that the Nats couldn't pay for Metro to stay open late because it may set a good precedent for other MLB teams...

FTFY

Also, Jayson Stark has an ESPN column up "Why the Nationals will win it all"
I hope he's not not jinxing us! [knock on wood, throw salt over my shoulder, etc., etc.]

nicefixie
09-30-2014, 12:27 PM
FTFY

Also, Jayson Stark has an ESPN column up "Why the Nationals will win it all"
I hope he's not not jinxing us! [knock on wood, throw salt over my shoulder, etc., etc.]

Ha! This feeling is reminiscent of the one I used to have for the 08-11 caps every year before playoffs started

PotomacCyclist
09-30-2014, 01:15 PM
FTFY

Also, Jayson Stark has an ESPN column up "Why the Nationals will win it all"
I hope he's not not jinxing us! [knock on wood, throw salt over my shoulder, etc., etc.]

ESPN is incapable of jinxing any teams outside of the NYC or Boston metro areas. But at least they have one guy who knows what he's talking about!

I was watching the replay of Sunday's game (DVR recording). Even MASN doesn't seem capable of jinxing the Nats. In the 2nd inning, they posted a chart of the Nats hitters with the most "there goes the no-hitter" hits this season, i.e., first Nat to get a hit in a game. (For those who don't know what I'm talking about, F.P. Santangelo always says "There goes the no-hitter" after the 1st Nats hit of the day. He says that his former manager, Felipe Alou, would always say this in the dugout after the team got its 1st hit of the day.)

MASN was celebrating Nats hitters by showing the guys who have had the most "1st Nats hit of the game" this year. The usual suspects were listed: Span, Rendon, Werth, La Roche. The Nats didn't have a hit in the 1st inning. Then shortly after the graphic, Desmond smashed a HR, which ended up being the only run of the game. It was important too. If Zimm'nn had pitched 9 innings but the score was still 0-0, he may not have returned for a 10th inning, or he might have given up a hit in that 10th inning.

vern
09-30-2014, 02:20 PM
Oh, I thought this thread would be about the Kansas City Royals, but I see instead it is about teams that won't win.

DCLiz
09-30-2014, 04:27 PM
Sadly it looks like a 12:07 or 3:07 start time :(.

I'm going, but annoyed that my extra tickets may be a pain to sell. The Saturday game is going to be tough for me too. Taking an older relative to MD v OSU football at noon then dropping her off and back down to DC for Nats at 5:30. I swear MLB sometimes hates Washington. Especially with the nonsense that the Nats couldn't pay for Metro to stay open late because it may set a bad precedent for other MLB teams, ergo the AU sponsorship.

Those of the Jewish faith were praying for an early start time. I guess it paid off! We would have preferred the later game on Saturday, though.

DCLiz
09-30-2014, 04:29 PM
Exciting news from Bikeshare: Bike corrals at every home playoffs game (http://www.capitalbikeshare.com/news/2014/09/30/capital-bikeshare-bike-corrals-for-nationals-playoff-games)!

PotomacCyclist
09-30-2014, 06:54 PM
The Presidents approve this decision

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Terpfan
10-02-2014, 08:48 AM
Ok, fess up, who found the Jayson Werth gnome on the 15th St Cycletrack this morning?

https://twitter.com/andrewjh/status/517638736083828736/photo/1

Looks like someone riding on the track given the bike behind it.

:( if only I wasn't fighting a cold and not reliant upon my money-guzzling vehicular means of transportation. I watched so many of you riding and though, gosh, I wonder if I could pull it off congestion and all for the 34 miles roundtrip. Then I thought twice because of the hills. I hate being sick. So much.

PotomacCyclist
10-02-2014, 04:31 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dc-sports-bog/wp/2014/10/02/watch-rare-footage-of-the-senators-beating-the-giants-in-the-1924-world-series/?tid=HP_sports

Footage of the Washington Senators winning the 1924 World Series, recently discovered in Massachusetts and restored by the Library of Congress. Must-see TV.

cyclingfool
10-03-2014, 07:57 AM
A new baseball POSTseason, a larger --b-i-k-e--s-t-a-t-i-o-n-- TROPHY CASE NEEDED (<-we hope)

Thread title fixed. :D

PotomacCyclist
10-03-2014, 10:14 AM
3:07 pm start time. Fox Sports 1 on TV, 106.7 FM on radio, CaBi corral at Nats Park. Oh, and Metro is open late for evening home playoff games, courtesy of American University.

PotomacCyclist
10-03-2014, 11:41 AM
Facts about the Racing Presidents:

George Washington, Father of the Republic, capital named after him, Washington Monument built in his honor.

Abraham Lincoln, leader during the Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln Memorial.

Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, Univ. of Virginia, Jefferson Memorial.

Teddy Roosevelt, national parks, Mt. Rushmore, Roosevelt Island.

William Howard Taft, president and Supreme Court justice, 1st president to throw out a first pitch at a baseball game. Memorial on Constitution Ave. near the Capitol... oh wait, that's a memorial for his son, Robert.

The Connecticut Ave. bridge over Rock Creek Park is named for Taft, but does anyone call it the Taft Bridge? Is Bill the new Teddy? (Teddy won the Presidents races title this year, edging out Abe. Another positive sign that something is different in 2014?)

PotomacCyclist
10-03-2014, 07:17 PM
Dislike Game 1

PotomacCyclist
10-05-2014, 07:16 PM
Baseball highlights, from the 1924 World Series between the New York Giants and the Washington Senators.

Same video footage as the Library of Congress video, except no title cards or piano accompaniment. Keith Olbermann (who has returned to sports broadcasting, mostly) provides a modern description of the highlights, as he would for highlights of any other recent baseball game. A bit easier to follow than the LOC version.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6-aUJby_Jk

Terpfan
10-07-2014, 08:40 AM
Dislike Game 1

Double dislike. I parked over in East Potomac Park and rode in from there since I had been battling a cold and my wife had a late meeting/had gone running when I wanted her to drop me at Metro. Anyway, I took my hybrid because I haven't ridden it in a month or so. Great ride over, second time I had ever done the Long Bridge. And can't beat free parking. After the depressing game, I waited with a gazillion other cyclists to leave. Got a whopping 10 feet out of the garage when I realized I had a horrible flat. No worries, I'll go back in, pump it up and then hope I can make it back 2/3 of the way or so. By now almost everyone has left so no one to beg a spare tube from either. Guy working helps me with the pump (kind of fidgety and tough since i'm totally flat). We can hear leak, but it sounds slow. Ride off. This time I get one block before it's totally flat. Can't find the culprit to plug with a dollar bill. So I walked all the way back. The only bright side to this story is I got back literally as the skies opened up and it poured.

Note to self. When using a backup bike--bring a spare tube and pump. And/or park somewhere closer to your wife's vehicle thus making it sensible for her to pick you up and drop you off at car rather than the opposite way a few miles. C'est le vie.

Hoping, 1) we have a Thursday game, 2) I can ride road bike to it, 3) we destroy them.

Now to try to buy NLCS tickets via insider link.

PotomacCyclist
10-08-2014, 12:15 AM
Bummer.

'tain't the end of the world, but I was hoping for a different outcome.

At least my quads are healing up and I should be able to start riding again. I did a short 15-minute ride last week, really my first ride in a month. That'll help me to forget the series. Baseball isn't a life or death situation though, so I'll be bummed out for one day and that's it.