September 19, 2013
A full season
File under "personal statistical stuff no one cares about but me." You've been warned.
MLB's iPhone app At The Ballpark allows one to check in at major league games, cross-posting to Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare. It also allows you to manually enter games you've attended, going back to 2005 (which helpfully is the year the Nationals came into being), and then compiles the data. Since I am a completist about such things, I went ahead and entered all those games, based on ticket stubs and the spreadsheet of Nats games I've kept since the beginning (because I am a huge nerd).
Last night's game, according to the app, marked game #162 that I've attended since 2005 (including playoff games, not including any pre-season games). That being a full season, it seems a good time to look at the numbers.
- 14 ballparks visited in that span. Nationals Park and RFK are #1 and #2, of course. Camden Yards is #3 with 2 visits (yeah, since the Nats came here I've all but abandoned the O's). 11 tied with 1 each.
- Overall home team record: 88-74, a .543 winning percentage. Much like this year's Nats, not a bad record, but maybe not enough to be a playoff team.
- The Nats are 80-70 (.533) in games I've attended. My big dumb spreadsheet says 81-69, so something is off in there somewhere. On the whole, pleasantly surprising given how crappy the team has been in some seasons.
- Not surprisingly, after the Nats the teams I've seen most often are the four other NL East teams. The O's are the top AL team.
- The only team I have not seen over that span: the Cleveland Indians. I did go to Jacobs Field in 1995, and I'm sure I saw them in Baltimore at some point before 2005.
- Assuming I go to the eight ballparks I haven't been to (Miami, Tampa, Arizona, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Denver) in the next eight years or less, I suppose my next task will be to revisit ballparks I went to before 2005, so I can check them all off in this app.