Crowd Pouring Toward Ballpark

By 8 a.m this morning, thousands of people were already pouring out of charter buses and the Navy Yard Metro station, heading toward Nationals Park.

The scene was an unusaul mix of ballgame and pilgrimage: hawkers sold Papal flags, Pope buttons, Pope T-shirts and a seat cushion with praying hands on it, the "saviour seat."

Carol King, 61, of Kensington said she won tickets for her and her husband through a lottery at the Holy Redeemer Church in Kensington.

"The pope is the vicar of Christ," King said. "He is the successor of Saint Peter. I mean he is just such an important figure."

-- David Farenthold

By David Marino-Nachison |  April 17, 2008; 8:49 AM ET
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