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Nobody reached the upper deck in this game, nor did anyone clear RFK’s deep fences. Philadelphia’s Chase Utley had the final homer here: a solo shot in the first inning of Saturday night’s game. The last Washington home run? D’Angelo Jimenez on Tuesday.

The upper deck did draw some attention yesterday, though, when fans unfurled three long banners in center field that read “Short still stinks,” a reference to the two similar banners that were displayed Sept. 30, 1971, the last game played by the Senators before owner Bob Short moved them to Texas.

That brought some chuckles and cheers from the crowd, but the biggest roar of the day was reserved for the 10-foot-tall likeness of Teddy Roosevelt, who sadly failed to win the presidents’ race yet again. While his competitors ran down the right-field line warning track, Teddy was shown on the video board all alone at the Nationals’ new ballpark, seven months premature.

Of course, the actual baseball still mattered most to a good portion of the crowd. So when Cordero danced with danger in the ninth, allowing one run to score on a double, walk and RBI single, the scene turned tense. But as each of the six strikes Cordero threw to Wes Helms and Werth cracked into catcher Brian Schneider’s mitt, the cheers turned louder and louder.

And when that final strike punctuated the Nationals’ final victory at RFK — they wound up going 122-121 over three seasons — the place exploded one last time.

As a drawn-out postgame ceremony — with Acta and Lerner digging up home plate to transport it to the new ballpark — wrapped up and a few straggling fans took one last look at the stadium before departing for good, the Nationals tried to grapple with their mixed emotions. Thrilled to move to their new ballpark in 2008 while cognizant of what the last three seasons at RFK meant, they weren’t quite sure what to feel.

“We’re excited to get out of here and be able to go to a new stadium,” Fick said. “I’m sure the fans feel the same way about it. But there’s been a lot of history in this stadium. I’m sure glad I got to play in it.”