Nationals fans won't just be chasing Daniel Murphy home run balls and running after ice cold brews in the stands of Nationals Park during the season's second half. Supporters of the NL East leaders will also be pursuing Pokémon inside of the stadium, if a tweet sent out by the team is any indication.
Before getting to that tweet, though, a little background. Pokémon Go is this new and rapidly growing augmented reality game, meaning the game and the real world are mixed together to form a unique user experience. To put it simply, players with Pokémon Go downloaded onto their phone can walk around any place they choose — a field, a lake, a campus, etc. — and random Pokémon will virtually appear on their screen, which the player will then try to capture.
In other words, people are probably going to start roaming around your yard with their phones raised throughout the day and night, and when you ask them what they're doing, they're going to respond with something like, "Don't you see? I'm trying to catch the Rattata that's lying in your geraniums!" Fun times we live in.
Now, back to the tweet. According to the Nats, Pokémon Go will now be happening in the team's concourses, in its outfield seats and in other places throughout the yard:
Therefore, if you see Bryce Harper snooping around the warning track during a matchup following the All-Star break instead of paying attention to the action, don't be alarmed. It won't mean that he's disinterested in what's going on at the plate, it'll just mean that he's more interested in snagging that sneaky Meowth he's been after and adding it to his collection of Pokémon. Unless, that is, a fan gets it first.