Saturday, August 29, 2015

Nats want to keep Phils fans away

Apparently the Washington Nationals do not want your business.

Nats want to keep Phils fans away

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The Nationals plan on trying to prevent Nationals Park from being invaded by Phillies fans. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo)
The Nationals plan on trying to prevent Nationals Park from being invaded by Phillies fans. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo)

Apparently the Washington Nationals do not want your business.

According to a Washington Post blog posted Friday morning, the Nationals plan on doing all they can to prevent Nationals Park from being invaded by Phillies fans this season.

"Frankly I was tired of seeing it," Nats COO Andy Feffer told the Post. "Forget you Philly. This is our park, this is our town, these are our fans, and it's our time right now."

The Nats' plan to prevent Phillies fans from invading the ballpark during the first series between the teams in Washington was actually implemented Friday morning. Single-game tickets for the May 4-6 three-game series at Nationals Park went on sale Friday. They are the only single-game tickets being sold by the Nationals right now and for the next month they will only be sold to people with credit cards from Maryland and Washington D.C.

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Feffer really seems irked by Phillies fans, because "Forget, you Philly" wasn't enough.

"We've heard it enough, we've seen it enough and I don't like it any more than anyone else," he said. "We're trying to build a team here and nothing irks me personally or the people here more than to see another team's fans -- particularly Philly fans -- in our ballpark, holding up signs. That's not the way it should be. And I think we've got an opportunity here to do something different."

The "something different" even has a name. It's called "Take Back the Park."

Of course, the Phillies and the fans know the best way to take back a ballpark is by winning. That's why you don't see or hear nearly as many Mets fans as you used to at Citizens Bank Park. And you have to search really hard to find even a single Nats' fan at Citizens Bank Park.


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