RAB Goes to Washington: A survey


Over the weekend, Joe wrote a post highlighting some of the Yanks’ more alluring road trips for the 2012 season. I’ve seen games in all but two of the stadiums Joe profiled. Safeco Field in Seattle and Nationals Park are absent from my list. While I’m not likely to make it to Seattle this season, the Yankees travel down to D.C. this June, and we will be too.

As part of what promises to be a weekend of New Yorkers and Yankee fans from all over the East Coast zipping down to D.C., we’re gathering interest in a RAB-related weekend. Joe, Mike and I all plan to take the journey for the three-game set from Friday, June 15-Sunday, June 17, and if enough readers want to join us, we’ll look into securing some ticket blocks for the games. We may do a stadium tour on Friday, and of course, we’ll find a spot for some Saturday night brews as well.

To gauge interest in the event, I’ve put together a short survey. For those of you with serious interest in joining us for the weekend, please take a minute or two to fill out the form. We’ll collect responses and email those interested once we get a sense of the numbers involved. The cost of tickets and accommodations is to be determined, but if we have enough interest, I believe we can do a stadium tour for $12 a head. A word of warning: You will have to get yourself to and from D.C. (Those of you who already live in the area should definitely join us for the games.)

Leave any questions you have in the comments, and I’ll do my best to answer them tonight or tomorrow morning. This excursion south promises to be a fun one, and hopefully, we’ll meet some RAB fans along the way.


  1. Jake S says:

    I filled it out…I definitely have serious interest but of course things may come up between now and June.

    • RetroRob says:

      I think that’s the main concern, meaning my concern for Ben, Mike and Joe. I sure would hate for them to purchase a block of tickets and then get stiffed.

      It’s easy to say yes today, but life has a tendency to throw itself in the way of the best laid plans six months out.

      • To be clear on that point, we’re judging interest now and collecting email addresses. I need to place a few calls to the Nationals, and when it’s nearing time for us to make a purchase, I’ll email the list of folks who sign up now and ask if they’re still in. At that point, we’ll have a firm number and be able to buy tickets. Some drop-outs are inevitable but also more people will be interested as the date approaches. If you’re at all inclined to be interested, sign up now.

  2. Rebecca says:

    No promises, but assuming my body isn’t still trying to kill me I’d be up for it.

  3. Tom Zig says:

    I definitely think it is an awesome idea, I just can’t go. I hope you guys wind up going so that in the future RAB plans more events like this.

  4. Matt DiBari says:

    Used to live in DC for school. I’m probably not going to go on this trip (I have eyes on a west coast stadium run) but I can definitely say you’ll have a great time and love Nationals Park.

  5. Mills says:

    I’ve already contacted friends and started setting up a trip for this weekend. My group would be around ten people.

  6. crotch_jenkins says:

    Will there be sluts?

  7. Jake S says:

    For some reason my girlfriend doesn’t want to come down to DC to hang out with a bunch of Internet nerds? Women, am I right fellas?

  8. Jason says:

    Already live in DC and have tickets!

  9. Mike E says:

    If we share beds I’m bunking with Ben.

  10. Chen Meng Wang says:

    Definitely interested if I still have viable transport by then, even if I might take a bus or something anyway. I’m guessing we’re going to tear the town apart by night, amirite?

  11. LA Sean says:

    Sounds fun, wish I could go. Plan a trip to some California stadiums, then I’ll be on board.

  12. nick says:

    I presume there’s no chance these won’t be in the upper deck, right?

  13. whozat says:

    Last September I did a trip where I went to 8 games at 7 stadiums in 9 days, and Nationals park was the only one I went to twice. Great venue, definitely a good place to see a game. Don’t bother with the Blue Smoke BBQ, though. It’s flavorless, at least at the park! Enjoy one of the other tasty food options :-)

    I’d totally sign up for this if I didn’t live 3000 miles away :-) Have fun, people!

    • rbizzler says:

      I would highly recommend Ben’s Chili Bowl instead. Mmmmmmm, chili half smoke.

      As a former DC resident, I would love to make this trip work, but with new baby in tow I am not sure I can do it.

  14. Glass Half Empty says:

    I recommend DC Tours for transpo to/from DC. It’s so cheap (something ridonkulous like 20 bucks each way)

  15. Josh says:

    I should be up for it, I only live about an hour away from DC. That being said I am in the GoRuck Challenge on Friday, so here is hoping I survive and can enjoy some baseball, too.

  16. Brian in NH says:

    this sounds like an awesome idea. if i wasn’t broke as shit i’d definitely do this. and i don’t even know you people.

  17. Beantown bosoxh8er says:

    We do something similar here in Boston, we have a meetup group that watches the games together , at rotating different bars. The owners of the bars don’t want us there all the time for fear of becoming known as a “Yankees bar”!
    We also once a year travel to the Stadium with at least 50 of us going. we bus it down and back, it is always a blast.
    So yes, I would be very interested in attending.

  18. T-Dubs says:

    If you wear a RAB shirt to the Saturday game, someone may buy you a beer!

    But not me.

  19. Shaftie says:

    I’m in Baltimore, so I have no excuse. Count me in for Sunday.

  20. Def Sat/Sunday for me…could prob swing Friday. My Dad and I have already talked about going down, so this would be sweet.

  21. Mike HC says:

    Sounds like it could be a great time. I am going back and forth over whether I want to go or not, and for how long. Either way, I think these RAB type events are pretty cool. Baltimore would be a good destination for something like this in the future as well.

  22. Cris Pengiucci says:

    I’m going to see if I can schedule a business trip to DC that week and try to attend the Fri. & Sat. games. It’s easier to travel to DC from Colorado on the company’s dime. :-)

  23. Steve From Waltham says:

    Ben, I spoke with someone from the Nationals ticket office last week. He actually encouraged me to try getting tickets on Stub Hub as there will be limited sales by the Box Office at the beginning of March. I’m sure you will have better connections than me. Hope that helps. I booked rooms back in September for this series, can’t wait!

  24. Bryan says:

    I live in the DC area and was planning on going no matter. Make sure to plan to go to the Bullpen before the game. They tend to have live music and cornhole going for a few hours until the game begins and is located right outside the stadium. Also, you might want to look into contacting the meetup Yankees group. I know they will be planning something and may be able to help set up anything.

  25. Damix says:

    I live in the DC area (Arlington) so I am planning on going to all 3 games. I’ve filled out the survey so please keep me in the loop as to which games you plan on going to/seat choices.

    To be honest, I’ve been to 15-20 games at Nats stadium and have yet to be to my seat. We usually drink at Bullpen outside the stadium before the game and go straight to red porch when we get into the game.

    • Mike HC says:

      I have been trained on the Yanks military security, and still have managed to sneak down, passed the moat. The Nationals security have no chance, ha.

      But if I go with RAB I would stick with the group. No sneaking down for me on this trip.

    • Bryan says:

      Fellow Arlington resident!

      I plan on spending a pretty penny for at least one of the games and sitting behind the plate. It is so much cheaper.

      Also, seat suggestions I recommend aiming for right field. Those are imo the best cheaper seats in the place.

      • Damix says:

        Yea I believe I’ll be trying to sit in good seats for at least one game.

        Red Porch is fun, if you have a big group you can grab a whole section of the standing areas and have good access to the bar + not a bad view. Or if you are in a smaller group, you can grab a table on the lower part of the restaurant and have a good view + waiter service.

  26. Thomas says:

    I live in DC and plan on attending all 3 games. So you can count me in!

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