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Take Me Out

Last night, I finally made it to Nationals Park, the new stadium of the Washington Nationals. The home team beat the Mets, 1-0. The pitchers did it all. Not only did they keep runs to an absolute minimum, but Nationals starter Odalis Perez scored the only run, after smacking a double in the fifth inning. The game had post-season implications for the Mets, who are in the playoff hunt, but not the Nationals, who have one of the worst records in baseball.

It’s a nice ballpark, full of amenities, the way the newest stadiums are. The scoreboard in centerfield is gigantic. After each at-bat, it even shows how to mark scorecards (i.e., “DP341″ or “E6″). I’ve never seen that elsewhere. It’s also the loudest ballpark I’ve been in. I don’t mean the fans were loud. I mean the music was so loud that you can feel like you’re in a nightclub, when you’d prefer simply to talk to the guy sitting next to you.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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