For the final full day of our trip, Plan A was to go to the Blue Jackets @ Capitals NHL playoff game if my brother who lives in the area could get tickets. As it worked out, he was unable to get tickets.
Plan B was to catch another Nationals’ game, this time against the Rockies who had just come to town for a four-game series.
Plan B wasn’t a bad alternative as we would go with my brother and nephew, which would be fun.
To start the day, Sean and I headed into Washington DC to visit the Smithsonian Air & Space and American History museums. We’ve been to both museums in the past, but had missed sections so this allowed us to see what we had missed in the past.
Sean was very excited to see the Batmobile from the 1989 Batman movie, on loan from Warner Brothers.
As for the game, as we were going with family, ballhawking was not a priority.
For starters, not only did we not go for BP, we ended up not getting to the game until the second inning due to traffic.
It is too bad in one sense because there was a chance to possibly get either the 25th anniversary commemorative the Rockies are using this season, or an Arizona Spring Training ball.
We still had a chance given that we sat right behind the Rockies’ bullpen. Sean and my nephew were trying for toss-ups.
Sean finally got one late in the game, a nice mud-rubbed ball that did not look like it had been used.
Of course, it was not the Rockies’ 25th or AZ ST ball we were hoping to get, but a nice one nonetheless.
There was no lineup card posted in the Colorado bullpen as best we could tell. There was one in the Nationals’ bullpen, so I tried there while Sean tried for the Rockies as well as to try and get another ball.
We both struck out. Nationals bullpen coach Henry Blanco acknowledged my request, but shook his head “no” and kept it himself. I wonder if the fact that the Nationals lost had anything to do with it.
Sean got ignored and neither he nor my nephew scored another ball.
Still, it was a great trip. We got eight balls total over three games, including a Braves 2017 commem and a 2018 FL ST ball. We also got two more bullpen lineup cards from teams we had not previously scored lineup cards from.
Time to start looking into going to our next MLB game!