This means that the lines at your favorite food and beer stands are going to be even longer than normal. And with the team zeroing in on its first-ever playoff appearance, that is the new normal.
Does it really make sense to spend a full inning or two for Shake Shack? This is pennant race baseball now, people; the days of waiting in line through innings four and five of a meaningless August game — a Nationals Park tradition in seasons past — are mercifully over.
There are four Ben’s Chili Bowl, three Flippin’ Pizza and three Hard Times Cafe stands, and they serve wonderful piles of carb-loaded ballpark food and beer. If you want to eat well and see most of the game (a revolutionary concept, I know), those are your best bets. And who knows: If enough people heed this advice, maybe there won’t be any line at Shake Shack.
For more options beyond the ballpark check out our guide to the neighborhood for pre- and post-game options.