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Run Teddy Run
What do George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt all have in common? Besides all being presidents, they also race one another at every Nationals home game during the 4th inning. It’s a must watch race, with most of the crowd cheering for Teddy - 49% of fans said they are cheering for him, followed by 26% for Lincoln, 14% for Washington and just 11% for Jefferson. But be prepared to be disappointed, Teddy rarely comes out on top.
"Other teams have races but who else has bobbleheaded presidents racing around the warning track?"
Grabbing some local flavor
While the line for Shake Shack might be longer, any first-time visitor should be sure to visit Ben’s Chili Bowl for the traditional half smoke chili dog. Originally opened 60 years ago, Ben’s Chili Bowl is a D.C. landmark, and goes perfectly with a side of baseball. Those arriving early should grab a half smoke and head over to the roof deck behind center field to enjoy happy hour before the game.
"Grab a half smoke chili dog from Ben's Chili Bowl, a D.C. tradition."
Avoid the traffic
While most D.C. locals will tell you the Metro is not the most reliable mass transit system in the world, when it comes to getting to Nationals Park it is almost always the best option, both in terms of speed and economics. The stadium has its own station, which is just a short walk from the outfield entrance. Seasoned patrons will tell you to go past the first set of entrances for a much shorter wait. There will be no avoiding the wait going home though, both the parking lots and the Metro can make leaving the game at the end a bit of a challenge on patience.
"Metro is a great way to go, but be prepared for heavy crowds at the end of the game."
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