When the Washington Nationals won the franchise's first World Series title last October, fans imagined being inside Nationals Park on Opening Day to watch the championship pennant raised into the sky.

Present circumstances obviously prevented that from being reality Thursday, when the Nationals fell to the New York Yankees 6-1 in the rain-shortened MLB season opener. But that didn't stop a small crowd of (mostly masked) Nats fans from congregating in a parking lot across the street from the stadium to watch the pennant take flight.

And once the flag caught the wind just right at the top of the pole, a bearded, Nationals Hawaiian-shirt-wearing fan dropped to one knee for the first proposal of the baseball season.

"I'd been planning that since the original Opening Day," he exclaimed.

"I thought we were like five years away," she said, but only after saying yes.