- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 19, 2007

All concession stands at RFK have to be stocked before each game. Because refrigerated storage areas are located in the bowels of the stadium, the only way to stock the vendors’ stalls is for stadium personnel to drive small tractors and other Cushman-like vehicles up and down the stadium ramps.

Before last night’s game, that task turned comical. As two reporters walked down a ramp to the Nationals’ clubhouse, they heard a loud crash: A tractor pulling a trailer had slammed into a stadium column leading to one of the ramps.

The trailer got hooked on the column, and the tractor’s driver tried to correct his error by throwing the tractor in reverse. Good idea, bad execution. As he backed up, the tractor slammed into the column. He went forward, and the trailer slammed hard into the column again.

At this point, the reporters decided to run for it, sensing the situation was making a turn for the worse. Apparently, the driver was able fix his erratic driving because the tractor was gone from the scene about an hour before the game.

BY THE NUMBERS

12 Bases opponents have stolen this season after Philadelphia’s Shane Victorino stole second in the first inning.

0 Runners the Nationals have caught stealing so far this season.

TODAY’S GAME

Phillies’ LHP Jamie Moyer (1-1, 3.55 ERA) vs. Nationals’ RHP John Patterson (0-2, 7.07), 1:05 p.m., MASN, AM-1500, FM-107.7.

Ken Wright

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