Some commuters don't think twice about catching a ride with a complete stranger in a slug line. A similar but more organized option for commuters is about to launch in the District.
SideCar is a service where anyone can sign up to be a driver and some passengers don't even have to pay. It’s set to launch bu the end of the week.
Drivers who want to be part of the operation have to pass a background check. Once accepted, riders can track drivers using the SideCar mobile app. At the end of the trip, a payment donation is expected. Passengers will be able to see what a similar trip in a cab would cost. Pay too little or give no donation and you could get flagged as a bad customer.
The company, which is already in operation in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, said it has provided more than 100,000 thousand rides without an incident.
Ron Linton, head of the D.C. Taxicab Commission, said there could be some challenges with this new service.
"It's going to take a little bit of discussion and legal research and things and [it’s] probably something that will wind up back at the city council," he said.
For some licensed D.C. taxi drivers, the SideCar idea definitely doesn't sit well. They say such services hurt their business.
Regardless of the safety and consumer concerns, get ready because the service is coming very soon. During the initial period the service will be offered Friday and Saturday nights from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Here's something you don't see every day. The Single-A Potomac Nationals, an affilliate of the Washington Nationals, will play three games on Wednesday in a rare tripleheader.
Doubleheaders in baseball are common. The Nationals have one coming up in just over a week on Saturday May 14. Three games in one day, though? That's a lot of baseball.
Here's how it will work. The P-Nats and the Lynchburg Hillcats will play their first game at 3 p.m. in Lynchburg. It's a continuation of Monday's game that was suspended in the fifth inning due to rain. That game will go nine innings. They will then play two seven-inning games to close out their series.
So, barring extras, that means 19 innings of baseball. That's about the same as a doubleheader of two nine-inning games, but this day will have three different game results.
A tripleheader, by the way, has not been played in the majors since 1920. It has been almost a hundred years and it may never happen again.
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On this week's episode of 'Baseball in the District,' we examined the Nats' resurgence in the Midwest, Bryce Harper's surprising struggles and how the suspension of Dee Gordon could affect the NL East. We also projected what Harper's idea of a U.S.A. super team for the World Baseball Classic would like.
This week's episode also featured a very special guest: D.C. Washington, the national anthem extraordinnaire that has become a fan favorite around town. How did he get his name? How did he get his start singing anthems? Does he still get nervous before them? D.C. answered those questions and more in what turned out to be a very fun interview.
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Nats (18-7) vs. Royals (13-12) at Kauffman Stadium
After yet another impressive victory on Monday for the Nationals, who have all of a sudden found their groove against baseball's best teams, Washington aims for their fifth straight win on Tuesday night at the Kansas City Royals.
Tanner Roark (2-2, 2.03) will make his sixth start of the season. He's coming off to consecutive outings of seven scoreless innings. This is the second time Roark has faced the Royals in his career. He went 4 2/3 innings without allowing a run at Kauffman Stadium back in August of 2013.
Pitching for Kansas City will be former Nats minor leaguer Chris Young (1-4, 6.12). He and Roark were teammates on the 2013 Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs.
First pitch: 8:15 p.m.
Radio: 106.7 The Fan
Starting pitchers: Nats - Tanner Roark vs. Royals - Chris Young
CF Michael Taylor
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
2B Daniel Murphy
DH Jayson Werth
C Wilson Ramos
SS Danny Espinosa
LF Chris Heisey
(RHP Tanner Roark)
SS Alcides Escobar
CF Lorenzo Cain
1B Eric Hosmer
DH Kendrys Morales
LF Alex Gordon
C Salvador Perez
2B Omar Infante
3B Christian Colon
RF Jarrod Dyson
(RHP Chris Young)
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