*If you played hookey but haven’t gotten tickets to today’s game, the Nats box office opens at 9 a.m. and will have a limited number of standing room only tickets available. Same goes for Thursday, and Friday if necessary.
*All gates open at 10:30 a.m.
* Get there early. The Metro will be crowded and lines will be long. Seriously, stop reading this and leave now.
* The team has announced that Frank Robinson will be throwing out the first pitch around 12:30.
* Capital Weather Gang says it’s going to be a beautiful day. Beware of the sun monster, but try to keep the eye black to a minimum.
As always, tweet us pics of your Natitude from the game. We’ll be updating the live blog and the Bog all afternoon for those of you who were all responsible-like and went to work.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER
*Ian Desmond finally has a national stage to showcase his talents.
* Will a concussion change RGIII’s approach?
* Wise says that Sandusky’s sentencing still doesn’t give closure to his victims.
* The Orioles are relishing their underdog status.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
Love Georgetown at night and the weather is unreal! #fall
— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) October 10, 2012
TWEET OF THE NIGHT II
If your sitting behind home plate field level I would appreciate it if you wouldn’t wear white shirts. For those of u thinkin white out.
— Ian Desmond (@IanDesmond20) October 10, 2012
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Stephen Strasburg on getting over his shutdown:
“I’m still pretty upset. I’m kind of past that. It’s done with. There’s nothing you can do. I could sit here and be upset and not be a good teammate, but I don’t want to be that type of guy. I want to pull for these guys and make sure that everybody knows that I’m with them, even though I’m not out there playing.”
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
Ian Desmond is “excited to see what D.C. brings.”
WHAT TO WATCH TO DAY
NLDS Game 3: St. Louis at Washington, 1 p.m. on MLB Network. ALDS Game 3: Baltimore at New York Yankees, 7:30 p.m. on TBS. All TV/Radio listings here.
TAKE ON ME
A-ha, who owes a big thank you Michael Morse for giving their famous tune “Take on Me” a boost in D.C., told WaPo’s Chris Richards that they’d consider performing for Nats fans if the Nats make it to the World Series.
BRYCE HARPER TROLLING
D.J. Gallo has tongue-in-cheek piece on how to troll Bryce Harper. “No one even started calling LeBron a choker until the 2008 playoffs were over — when he was 23 years old and a five-year pro. We can get a four-year jump on criticizing Harper if we start now!”
Animal Planet’s kitten cam has Natitude.
GAME CHANGER OF THE DAY
Bags that let you make grilled cheese in your toaster.