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The 2012 season marked the first time since baseball returned to Washington, D.C., in 2005 that the Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles both made the playoffs.
Baseball fans have been waiting for the restaurants and bars to open around Nationals Park far longer than they've waited for the season to come back around. Now a handful of watering holes, restaurants and sandwich shops have opened, while some are still under construction.
There may be some clock watchers at Nationals Park this season, worrying about missing the last Metro train for games that go past midnight.
Arriving late to a Nationals ball game because of heavy traffic can spoil the fun. Fortunately, there are several bus services available that can take baseball fans directly there.
Guinness World Records judges have certified a trombone only orchestra that played last summer at Nationals Park is the new title holder for "largest trombone ensemble."
Officials are warning of major traffic delays around Nationals ballpark as the team hosts their first playoff game tomorrow.
Cathy Lanier, D.C.'s police chief, says it won't be like regular season games for fans who drive to the ball park.
Teddy Roosevelt has won the Presidents Race at Nationals Park, ending a streak of more than 500 consecutive losses to either Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson or George Washington.
The Nationals are bringing the baseball playoffs to the city for the first time since 1933, while the Capitals have been locked out by the NHL, and the preseason games have been canceled. The combination could either help or hurt businesses surrounding Nationals Park and the Verizon Center.