Predictably criticizing US Cellular Field as “too sterile” (clearly he’s not visited the men’s room in the upper deck recently), the Washington Post’s Thom Loverro says the Nationals should emulate the design of Astros’ new ballpark rather than that of the White Sox.

One of those local touches in Houston is the train that runs across the left field wall on top of the ballpark when a home run is hit, a tribute to the stadium’s Union Station location and the railroad that helped Houston grow.

They could do something similar in Washington for the Nationals’ ballpark, perhaps a limousine with flags on it and an escort of police officers on motorcycle.

Kind of a lame suggestion, but it beats my idea of going for the Bernie Brewer effect, ie. having an animatronic Marion Barry breaking out the blow every time the Nationals go deep.