Monday, September 16, 2013
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A shooting Monday morning at the Washington Navy Yard in the southeast quadrant of the nation’s capital caused the Atlanta Braves-Washington Nationals game to be postponed.
Major League Baseball announced that the game will be made up Tuesday as part of a split doubleheader.
Multiple reports indicated there were serious injuries and fatalities at the Navy Yard. Nationals Park is approximately one mile southwest.
Parking lot B at Nationals Park is being used as a meeting point for affected families to meet. Traffic in the area was at a standstill earlier in the afternoon.
Atlanta outfielder Joey Terdoslavich told The Sports Xchange at 1:15 p.m. EST that he heard about the shooting in a text message from teammates Monday morning.
“We’re not allowed to go to the ballpark,” Nationals manager Davey Johnson told The Washington Post Monday morning. “They told us to stay away. …
“I was about ready to head to the ballpark. I would have never made it. It’s just the way things are these days. All kind of horrific things happening. I hope nobody else gets hurt over there. It’s scary.”
The Navy yard and Nationals Park are on the north side of the Anacostia River and Nationals Park is on South Capitol Street, about two miles south of the U.S. Capitol. Some fans in the upper deck at Nationals Park can see the dome of the U.S. Capitol to the north.
The Braves can clinch the National League East title with two wins in the three-game series against the Nationals, who began the day 4 1/2 games back of the Reds for the second wild card spot in the National League.