- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Yesterday at RFK Stadium

For everything that went wrong on the field, give the Nationals, their fans and Mother Nature credit for combining to create a great scene on Opening Day. The Nationals did things right in the pregame ceremony — from the player introductions to the national anthem to the flyover to the players who greeted fans as they entered the stadium and handed out red caps.

The fans also deserve a thumbs up for turning out in numbers greater than originally anticipated. A crowd of 40,389 nearly filled up RFK Stadium — an impressive turnout considering that less than a week ago, fewer than 30,000 tickets had been sold.

Of course, some of that huge walkup surely had to do with the spectacular April day. Talk about a “Chamber of Commerce” day — the weather won’t be nicer at any of the 80 other home games this season.

BY THE NUMBERS

0-3 Nationals’ record on Opening Day since relocating to Washington in 2005.

2-0 Nationals’ record in their second game of the season the past two years.

— Mark Zuckerman

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