On one of the tensest nights in recent D.C. sports history, Washington fans took out their angst, energy, frustration, loathing, worry and agitation on the juiciest target of all: Metro.
After weeks of concerns about the Nationals potentially playing a thrilling home playoff game with massive stakes while the mass-transit system shuttered early, the day finally arrived Thursday. Well, the night. Or Friday’s early morning.
Despite a busy day of last-minute pleas from local officials, WMATA stuck to its no-exceptions-for-late-hours SafeTrack promise, and the system closed at its regular time, with the announcement coming during that disastrous (for Washington) seventh inning.
The response to that standard announcement? Boos. Chants. Boos and chants. Washingtonians united, as they are so rarely in these troubled times, coming together to support — or oppose, anyhow — one common cause.
This is our city simultaneously at its worst and its finest. Drink it all in.
— Ryan Kearney (@rkearney) October 14, 2016
— Madeline Marshall (@Maddie_Marshall) October 14, 2016
The traditional postseason cheer of "Metro Sucks" rings through Nats Park.
— Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga) October 14, 2016
Biggest boo of the game when the sign pops up telling fans when the last train to Greenbelt comes. "Metro sucks. Metro sucks. Metro sucks."
— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) October 14, 2016
If there's one chant that Nats, Dodgers, Capitals, Rangers, Penguins and whoever's fans can agree with, it's "Metro Sucks."
— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) October 14, 2016
As for those concerns that people would flee, well, they seem to have been unfounded. Good job, everyone!
— Martin Di Caro (@MartinDiCaro) October 14, 2016
— Kyra Schuster (@KyraSchu) October 14, 2016
— susan vavrick (@edit_susan) October 14, 2016