Game 2 of the Nats-Giants series was the longest in MLB playoff history.

This was both a good and a bad thing. Good, because everyone kind of goes to the ballpark hoping to see history, and this certainly qualified.

But bad because the game started in the afternoon and ended after midnight. Over more than six hours, the temperatures dropped significantly, and the winds blew, and the concession stands mostly closed down, and so some people left. I had friends and loved ones at the game; they communicated their noticeable discomfort, no matter what your weather app said about the temperatures.

Now, there are clearly two schools of thought about all of this. There is the absolutist version, in which no accomplishment in recorded time is more important than staying more than six hours in a baseball stadium for what ultimately would prove to be a rather disheartening and difficult-to-stomach loss.

And then there is the more flexible philosophy, which might acknowledge that some people came in summer clothes to the game, and some people brought small children, and many people no doubt had to work on Sunday (yes, people work on Sunday), and others had similar such intrusions from real life.

Do I think it looks better when a stadium is full? Obviously. Does a full stadium with pulsating energy help the home team? I guess it probably doesn’t hurt. Would I 1 million percent have been flying out the center field gate with my 7-year old daughter after four or five hours? Duh.

But we’re on the Internet right now, you and I, and the Internet does not allow for subtlety or flexibilitude, and so this was the reaction to some of the empty blue seats visible on the television and also on in-stadium photographs: BOOOOOOOOO. Also BAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Also WHAT LOOOSERS. Also WE WOULD NEVER DO THAT IN THIS AMAZING PLACE IN WHICH I HAPPEN TO LIVE/ONCE LIVED/ASPIRE TO LIVE.

Are there folks who left early wishing they had stayed for more sadness? Not likely. But laugh away, superior Internet people.

There were also other random jabs at Nats fans.

But as the game wound to a close, there were also a fair number of D.C. media members who spoke on behalf of the Washington sports fan.