Ten years ago, a baseball fan standing at the corner of South Capitol and Potomac Avenue in the nation’s capital could dream big. Instead of racing up to Baltimore, a team of our own. Instead of dusty cement trucks, oily car repair shops, and decrepit warehouses, a shiny new ballpark a block from Metro and the ferry dock. Instead of clinging to memories of Frank Howard and the second-division Senators, cheering on a young team filled with home-grown talent, wins 98 games and grabs the best record in the majors. Instead of avoiding Southeast D.C., a feeling of great anticipation to get back down there again and again.
Congratulations to the Washington Nationals for doing their part to make the above happen. Just ten year ago, all those things were just a dream.
Note: The photo is by Jacqueline Dupree/JDLand.com, Used with Permission. JD has covered the neighborhood since 2002. She took this photo in April 2006, from South Capitol and Potomac, looking northeast to the site of the new stadium. Visit her site for many other photographs and coverage.