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Opening day at Nationals Park: Chills instead of thrills


Maureen Orth and friend Bobbi Smith at the Washington Nationals Opening day. (Roxanne Roberts/ TWP)

Wind nor rain nor chill could keep true baseball fans from Nationals Park Thursday.

“Is it cold, wet and crappy? I didn’t notice that,” said George Will, who’s never missed opening day. “I was in northern New Jersey and got back at 2 in the morning, and I’m going back tonight. But I had to be here.”

In past years, the season opener was sunny and warm; this time, the team and their loyal followers suffered through a miserable afternoon — 41 degrees and misting rain. The sold-out game was short on VIPs in the stands (maybe they were huddled in those enclosed boxes?) but we spotted former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, real estate investor Joe Robert (“You can’t miss opening day!”), and Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth, bundled in two sweaters, a turtleneck, t-shirt, hat, scarf, gloves, two pairs of socks and a jacket.

“This year, I felt like coming,” she told us. “I have hope for this year.” Didn’t help: The Nats lost to the Braves 2-0.

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