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Washington Nationals Trying To Keep Phillies Fans Out Of Nationals Park

By Spike Eskin

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Over the last few years, when the Phillies have traveled to Washington DC to play the Nationals, Phillies fans have traveled along with them. Even though the Nationals have been the home team, the visiting Phillies have had far more fans in the stands of Nationals Park. So much so, that locally, many Phillies fans referred to Nationals Park as “Citizen’s Bank Park South. ”

Now that they have a team that management feels can compete, the Nationals have decided to try and take a stand. This morning, the Washington Nationals announced a program called “Take Back The Park,” MLB.COM is reporting. Tickets for their May series against the  Phillies now have a pre-sale opportunity for Nationals fans who live in the home team’s area (and have the credit card statement to prove it). They can buy tickets to the series before anyone else. Nationals fans are asked to register for a pre-sale, and if they are approved, they can buy up to eight tickets per game.

The Nationals are expecting to be much improved, with the return of pitcher Stephen Strasburg, and the addition of pitcher Gio Gonzalez.

If you were a Phillies fan during the Veterans Stadium days, you remember what it was like to have an opposing team’s fans take over the stadium. During some of the more lean years of Phillies baseball, the “Let’s Go Mets” chants could be heard far louder than any cheering for the home team. Time’s have changed, and now it’s the Phillies fans taking over opposing stadiums.

Phillies fans took to Twitter to talk about the Nationals plan, and some of them had a plan of their own.

@irish_idealist: i can’t wait to buy tons of tickets and put them on stub hub for phillies fans only #lolnats #takebackthepark

@halladays: Did the Nationals forget that stubhub exists?

@drewbcohen: Dear #Phillies fans, we should all be expecting our thank you cards from the #Nationals in the mail soon. They appreciate us funding them.

The Phillies vs Nationals rivalry took a big step last off-season when the Nationals signed former Phillies right-fielder Jayson Werth to a seven-year contract.



One Comment

  1. Tom Merkle says:

    What’s next?

  2. Natsfan says:

    My aren’t those grapes sour, Philadelphians? I don’t think anybody in the DC area objects to the Phillies visiting, especially considering that the Nationals won ten of the 18 games the two teams played. The problem is the boorish, thuggish Phillies “phans” who do a great disservice to your city through their offensive behavior.

  3. delia says:

    I wrote a response to the original Washington Post article… I live in DC now, after being born and raised in South Jersey. I am furious, and will be raising hell about it. This is my response: I love going to Nationals games, and I love the Nationals players I have served at my sports bar. I attended at least 20 games at the Nationals park, and always rooted for the Nationals…except for when they played the Phillies. I am a baseball fan first, Phillies fan second. What I understand from this campaign is that the Nationals do not want to sell out their stadium, nor do they want the millions of dollars generated on tickets, hotel rooms, and bar tabs when the Phillies and their fans are in town. What about the Braves fans? At least the Phillies dont make that heinous chant noise, and at Nats Braves games- I am probably the most rabid Nationals fan in the park. Which leads me to my final reaction. The Nationals fans, as a group, have only existed since 2005. Before the Nats fans/organization start kicking out people who have been fans of their teams since birth, perhaps you should remember that you were probably an Orioles or Braves fan when you were born, and could learn a thing or two about lifelong devotion to a baseball team, from us, those evil Phillies fans.

    1. Brian Coxson says:

      Amen Delia! I to am a transplanted Phillies fan living in NorVA. These dumb schmucks should be grateful to sell out their stadium when the Phillies come to town. I’m betting their not selling out when the Pirates or Marlins come to town. They’ve obviously never heard the saying “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth”.

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