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Inauguration: Nationals’ First Season In DC A Success
Published October 3, 2005
|Nationals Conclude Successful
First Season In DC
WELCOME BACK: In DC, George Solomon wrote the 2.7 million attendance figure is “remarkable when you consider the club did not become operational until February and renovations to [RFK Stadium] continued through this weekend.” Also, the dispute between Comcast and MASN “greatly restricted television viewing of the games so necessary in the marketing of any sports team” (WASHINGTON POST, 10/2). In Baltimore, Jeff Barker notes the Nationals this season were among “baseball’s elite in sales of caps and other merchandise” (Baltimore SUN, 10/3). In a front-page piece in Sunday’s WASHINGTON POST, Barry Svrluga looked back upon the Nationals’ ’05 season. Nationals CF Brad Wilkerson said of MLB’s sale of the team, “I hope they get off their butts and start moving (on ownership), because I think [DC] ... could be one of the top four or five places to play in the whole major leagues. But I think having [MLB] owning this team, there’s still a cloud over the team’s head, where a lot of things can’t move in the right direction to make it the best it can possibly be” (WASHINGTON POST, 10/2). A WASHINGTON TIMES editorial states that while “off-the-field uncertainty looms” concerning a new ballpark and new owner, “We’ll address those problems moving forward. For now, it’s time to savor a season well played and a banner year for baseball’s return to Washington” (WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/1).