Thoughts from Nationals Park:
- Instead of the "Kiss Cam," the scoreboard featured a "Handshake Cam." It's just like it sounds: a camera pans the stands, and people who see themselves on the scoreboard shake hands with each other. Perhaps the Kiss Cam has become controversial?1 After all, they don't use it in WNBA to avoid having to show two women kissing.
- The Nat Pack dancers have stepped up their game.2 They danced on the dugout in between innings and looked damn good — the men on one dugout and the women on the other. My only complaint is it that didn't happen enough. If it were up to me, they'd be up on the dugouts at every stoppage of play. You can never have enough dugout dancing.
- The organ music was more active than previous seasons. Rather than blast Top 40s music in between innings, we got to hear the organist play the hits, including "I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas. I'm a sucker for inventive versions of otherwise overexposed songs.
- One song they did blast through the stadium speakers was "Peaches" by the Presidents of the United States of America. An odd choice, but it did make me regret selling that CD.
- I'd never before seen the stadium's cherry blossoms in bloom. It's a a nice touch.
- Ben's Chili Bowl no longer sells turkey dogs at the stadium. I guess I was the only one who ever bought them.
- I'm not smart enough to understand this ad on Half St. (meaning the answer to its question is "no.")
1Marnie and I were on the Kiss Cam once, but since we weren't watching the scoreboard we didn't kiss. We didn't shake hands either.
2Sorry, Kelly. It's true. You deserve to be right there with them, of course.