The Nationals planned to give out 25,000 Trea Turner bobbleheads Friday night, but the game was postponed by rain and rescheduled as part of a split doubleheader Sunday. The Nationals announced that the Turner bobbleheads would be given out ahead of Sunday’s second game at 7:05 p.m. and that gates would open 1½ hours after the last out of the first game, or 6 p.m., whichever was later.
That ended up being 6:10 p.m., which, as it turned out, was not enough time to get everyone in the park in time for Max Scherzer’s first pitch.
There are often lines for bobblehead giveaways, but Sunday’s split doubleheader meant fans with tickets to both games had to exit the ballpark after the first game and join the crowd that had already gathered for the second game. Fans tweeted photos from the lines waiting to get into the stadium, which stretched from the Center Field Gate to the Navy Yard Metro entrance on Half St. and wound up the stairs of parking garages.
Stuck in a massive line in @Nationals parking garage. Doubtful we'll make it in the stadium before the 1st pitch. No better at main gate.
— Jim Slattery (@JimSlatteryDC) May 14, 2017
Hearing the lines for Turner bobbleheads are getting cutthroat. Lots of cutting. Remember the golden rule: no cuts, no butts, no coconuts.
— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) May 14, 2017
— Jon B (@Phiask0) May 14, 2017
Slight wait to get into Nats Park for the night game. pic.twitter.com/cq62VVQGMB
— Heung-Min GustafSon (@kgustafson) May 14, 2017
— Johnathan Tucker (@johnstucker918) May 14, 2017
— charlcies (@charlcies) May 14, 2017
Bobblehead line was unlike anything I have seen at Nats Park. This was 90 percent to the front of the line. Went all the way to Metro. pic.twitter.com/JsbskcB2y5
— Ryan Colaianni (@rcolaianni) May 14, 2017
— Audrey Henson (@AudreyLHenson) May 14, 2017
— CUBuffNurse (@CherylSchmitzRN) May 14, 2017
— Lisa (@jacqueslisa) May 14, 2017