Thursday, December 17, 2009

Last Game of the Season

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I may have mentioned it before, but this post is evidence that I am way behind on my post processing.  The photographs featured in this entry are from the Washington Nationals last game of the 2009 season…September 30th.
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I admit to being not much of a dedicated baseball fan, but going to the park, any park, is always a great deal of fun.  This night was no exception.  So here is the setup – It is the Nationals last game of the season.  The season is already decided.  The Nationals will finish with an unimpressive record and will be watching post-season play on television rather than from the dugout.
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At best, the stadium is 50% full.  Even some of the vendors have decided to call it a season and pack up.  Clearly my introduction is not setting the stage for an entertaining or exciting night.  Other than a run in the first inning, the Nationals fall behind and stay there the entire game.  Many in our group decide to leave, the despair of a miserable season clearly evident in their sagging body language.
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However, the uncommitted in the group later learn they have missed a dramatic finish to a forgettable season.  Suddenly, without warning, the ninth inning transforms the shear boredom of the last few hours into one of those moments when everyone is on the edge of their seats.
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It is the bottom of the 9th, 2 outs, bases loaded, the count is 3 balls and 2 strikes, and the Nationals are down by three.  The perfect setup for great sporting drama.  Had it been a playoff game or possibly the 7th game in the world series, the tension would have been unbearable.  Fortunately for our nerves, it was just a small spark at the end of an unremarkable season.
And of course, just to keep a few folks coming back next season like the one good drive hit by a golfer, the season ends with a grand slam, and the Nationals go to the off season with their chins a bit higher.
Have fun and go make some great photography!

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