The national semifinals drew 79,444 AT&T Stadium, beating the previous record of 78,129 when Kentucky beat Michigan State in a regular-season game at Ford Field in Detroit on Dec. 13, 2003.
Nearly 150,000 people turned up at Nats Park over the course of the last four days, but that doesn’t mean it was the most exciting place to be during Memorial Day Weekend. “Everybody was just sitting on their hands,” Nats play-by-play announcer Bob Carpenter told the Junkies.
Washington Nationals Fans Ready As Nats Host St. Louis Cardinals In First Playoff Game In D.C. Since 1933
This NLDS Game 3 pits the Nationals–the team with the best record in the majors at 98 wins–against the defending World Series champion Cardinals, who made the playoffs as a wild card with 88 victories. But the real story is the rise of baseball in Washington, a city that went without the national pastime for 33 years.