Nats fan traces her DC baseball fandom back to Griffith Stadium
"We need 42,000 every game with Natitude," said Judy Conick before Game 2 at Nationals Park.
So far, so good. Washington drew 45,017 on Wednesday, the largest crowd in Nationals Park's five-year history. The screaming, W-garbed masses may have reminded Conick of another team and another park she visited many decades ago: Griffith Stadium.
Located near Howard University, less than four miles from the Nationals' current digs, Griffith served as home for the original Washington Senators from 1911-61 and for the expansion version of the franchise in 1961.
"It's way back," Conick said. "I believe I was in 10th grade and we went down to games there. It was interesting. Since then until we got the team back here I never went to another baseball game. I didn't go to any of the usurpers who were at RFK."
Even when she lived in Baltimore for a few years, Conick never went to see the Orioles at Memorial Stadium. But now that baseball is back in the District, she's fully hooked once again. The Chevy Chase, Md., native attended all 81 Nats home games this year, shooting 364 GB worth of photos on her digital SLR. That divides out to roughly 120,000 images.
"I have pictures of players that no one else has," she said, citing Stephen Strasburg's home run swing earlier this season and a little-known image of John Lannan playing shortstop.
-- Ian Kay / MLB.com