WASHINGTON — When the Nationals being their postseason run, they will do so without the support of Metro as a late-night transit option for fans attending games at Nationals Park.
Despite protestations from Metro board chairman Jack Evans, Metro general manager Paul Wiedefeld is insistent upon making no special exceptions to SafeTrack, the ongoing maintenance repairs to the transit system which require lines to be shut down during overnight hours.
“It’s a national event that really highlights our city,” Evans said, according to The Washington Post. “It’s going to look foolish if 15,000 people have to get up and leave the game. … It’s just an embarrassment that as the nation’s capital, one of the major cities in the world, our subway system closes. It’s crazy.”
Also according to The Post, to make a special exception for the Nationals, Wiedefeld argues, would create a slippery slope, opening the floodgates for requests for other scheduling exceptions.
Nationals ace Max Scherzer finds that explanation to be “really weak.”
“That seems pretty petty to hold off on the slippery slope when fans actually want to be here,” he said. “I mean, isn’t it a supply and demand issue? We have a supply of people that demand to use the line to go the park. Why wouldn’t you want to meet that?”
Scherzer added: “You need to get like a hashtag going and like keep the metro line open, and try to get some peer pressure through social media that way. Like I said, there could be more to this story and I could be missing it, but if that’s the only reason, if the slippery slope is the reason, wow. That’s pretty… I don’t understand that.”
“Call me crazy, I just want Nats fans at the baseball game when it ends,” Paulsen opined. “That’s all I want. In the eighth inning of a division series game, when Scherzer’s trying to punch out the side to get the ball to Melancon for a 3-2 win, I want a rocking ballpark. I know I’m asking for a lot, Max.”
“No you’re not,” Scherzer replied. “I mean, what are we gonna have the seventh-inning stretch and then, oh no, the metro line’s closing and the fans, ‘We can’t stay. It’s the playoffs, but nice seeing ya’.’ You know, the metro guy, ‘It’s a slippery slope. If we stay for the ninth inning, that would create a slippery slope around here.’
“I can only ask you to complain more,” he added.