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Phillies Fans March on Washington

Phillies fans will continue their trek to Washington this weekend.

Phillies Fans March on Washington

Jayson Werth and the Nationals are in first place in the National League East. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)
Jayson Werth and the Nationals are in first place in the National League East. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Despite the home team's best efforts, Nationals Park will have more than its share of Phillies fans for the three games in Washington this weekend.

For three of the four years of the Park's existance, the average crowd for the nine Phillies games has exceeded the average crowd for all other dates:

   Avg. Crowd 
All Others 
   Avg. Crowd 
 2008 28,190  29,131  —   941
 2009 23,374  22,632  +   742
 2010 27,627  21,936  +5,691
 2011 28,862  24,248  +4,054
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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