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“I don’t think the wind is going to blow in every single day from left, or at least I hope it wouldn’t,” Zimmerman said. “But it’s too early to tell anything. You need a month or so to see what’s going to happen.”

The Nationals don’t expect to have much of an edge over the Orioles tonight or Braves tomorrow just because they’ve gotten a sneak peak at the ballpark.

“It takes at least a week,” manager Manny Acta said. “I guarantee you, we won’t have a home-field advantage on Sunday right off the bat.”

No, but that won’t diminish the sense of pride the Nationals will feel when they emerge from their dugout tomorrow night in front of a sellout crowd of 41,888 and christen their new home.

“I think it’s just great to have a park that’s ours: the Nationals and only the Nationals,” Bergmann said. “RFK was the Senators, was the Redskins. It was a lot of other people’s stadiums. It never really felt like it was ours. This is ours. It’s got our name all over it.”