Owner of Hill’s Kitchen on Capitol Hill
Describe this season in one word:
Spirited. We have been in the baseball spirit all season long, and the postseason is no exception. Throughout the year, we love talking with customers and their kids about their favorite players, favorite bobblehead, and favorite ballpark traditions. We love sharing the joys of bobblehead collection, which is 100 percent customer donated. I also have a small collection of game-used broken bats that kids and adults love to inspect. I added to the bat collection at the end of the season with a Howie Kendrick bat.
With the postseason, we have been wearing Nats gear at the store and instead of wishing people a good afternoon, when they leave, we’ve been cheering: “Let's Go Nats!” What is even more fun, is how many people just stop by to talk about the team. The store is alive with excitement and the joy in the neighborhood is intoxicating.
How long have you been a Nationals fan?
I have been a baseball fan my entire life. I followed the Orioles until the Nationals came to town. But right away, I became smitten with the Nats and remember standing outside my house to watch people walk through Capitol Hill on the way to or from those first games at RFK Stadium in 2005. I usually make it to about 30 or so games a season, and I even keep store hours -- closing at 6 p.m. -- so I can make it to games.
Until this year, unfortunately, all of my postseason memories have been filled with heartache. I was at Game 5 in 2012, the 18-inning Game 2 in 2014, and Games 5 in 2016 and 2017. This year has been magical, though. The Wild Card Game and Soto's eighth-inning hit was one of the most exciting moments. I couldn't see the whole field from my seats, but I just screamed and jumped up and down. I did not know how it all happened at the moment, but it was pure bliss. And then I got showered in beer.