We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.

At their worst, baseball games are like overpriced picnics. At their best, they’re sublime. The pricey concessions are mitigated by cheap seats, and relaxing in the stands with a cup of beer is the best way to enjoy sports. Last year, the Washington Nationals had their second-best season since returning to D.C. in 2005. Now, the team is pinning its fortunes on pitcher Gio Gonzalez and a deeper bench. But while the Nats don’t have the totally lousy reputation of the erstwhile Senators, they’re still not pulling in local fans to their games. Only 15 percent of attendees at games are District residents. For shame! The only fans showing up, it seems, are Phillies fans—and they’ve become such a problem that the Nats have tried to restrict ticket sales from folks living outside of the region. But it would be better if D.C. residents just did their part. At today’s home opener, the Reds are the guys to beat. Tickets are slim, but don’t forget there’s still a whole season to support. The Washington Nationals play the Cincinnati Reds at 1:05 p.m. at Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. Standing-room tickets start at $15. washingtonnationals.com.