Take Back The Park!

Big series coming up the first weekend in May between the curly dubs and the Phillies.  Deemed “Take Back The Park,”  the Nationals have been selling tickets to fans with local zip codes only since February (in advance of normal regular season ticket sales) in hopes that Nationals Park isn’t flooded with Phillies fans, as is usually the case when the visitors come to town.  This year is slightly different, with the Nats off to a franchise best 14-6 start and the Phils floundering in fourth place two games under .500.  The Phils need to make an early statement because these are not your father’s Nats.  They are loaded for bear with very strong starting pitching and a belief that they can seriously compete with Philadelphia and Atlanta in the tough NL East.

Nobody likes their ballpark overrun by fans of the opposing team and nothing puts a stop to that like a dominating home team.  Winning is the cure for all that ills and the Nats are on the right track.  It’s extra tough in D.C. since there are so many transients from northeastern states who bring their alliances with them, including Phillies, Yankees, and Red Sox faithful.  Phillies fans are a unique lot in that they can be as hard on their own team as yours and typically turn on them as fast as anyone.  There’s an old saying about why the Philadelphia Eagles (same fans) were such a good road team: because they were “right at home” getting booed.

I can recall going to Capitals games in the years before Ted Leonsis bought the team, when  fans of the opposing teams like Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and New York, turned Verizon Center into a hostile rink, but not anymore.  Verizon is solid “Rockin The Red” for every Caps home game and Nats fans have the opportunity to let the Phils know that they are truly on the road.   Are you going to the games?  Who are you rooting for?

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About Brian Penn

Avid sports fan and golf nut. I am a lifelong resident of the Washington D.C. area and love to follow the local teams. Also worked as a golf professional in the Middle Atlantic PGA for several years and am intrigued by the game to no end. I love to play and practice and am dedicated to continual improvement.
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