See­ing the Nats can be such a has­sle

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In his Sept. 12 Sports col­umn, “Nats’ crowds haven’t caught up to on-field re­sults,” Barry Svr­luga won­dered why the crowds aren’t larger at Na­tion­als Park. Yes, the team is great and tick­ets are rea­son­ably priced, but the pos­i­tives end there. Get­ting to the park can be an or­deal. Metro is a gam­ble at best, and driv­ing can be a night­mare.

If you can find park­ing, it’s ex­or­bi­tantly priced; once you’re in the park, for­get about buy­ing food and drink un­less you’ve re­cently won the lot­tery. Two beers and a bag of peanuts for $29 — I’m not mak­ing that up. Ad­di­tion­ally, there are 80 or so home games. Do the math; most folks can af­ford to at­tend only a few at best. Those of us who live within walk­ing dis­tance and bring our own peanuts know we have a good thing go­ing, but most of the re­gion is not so for­tu­nate.

Tony San­tucci, Wash­ing­ton

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