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I attended my second Nationals game this week. It was a horribly drizzly day. The infield was a boggy mess by the ninth inning, and most of the fans had abandoned the wet seats near the field. It is a testament to the design of RFK Stadium that nearly all of them found a dry seat beneath the massive old-school overhang of the upper deck. This up-and-down architecture is the hallmark of the older stadiums. Many newer ballparks, while stylish and quirky, are the work of aesthetes. They are great places to sit and lousy places to roar. RFK is no work of art. Indeed, it is homely and unremarkable. But as a place to bring the faithful together, up close and loudly, it has few peers.

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Diamond Vision
April 2005