Phillies fans have been invading parks everywhere, including Colorado during the 2009 NLDS in this photo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
The Phillies fanbase has officially won the psychological battle with the Washington Nationals and their 16 fans.
In a very amusing article in the Washington Post, though it wasn’t really meant to be funny, Dan Steinberg entertains us with the Nationals’ latest plan to stop Phillies fans from invading Citizens Bank Park South and to “Take Back the Park.”
Just read this, laugh and wait for the tickets to wind up on StubHub:
“Frankly, I was tired of seeing it,” Nats COO Andy Feffer told me this week. “Forget you, Philly. This is our park, this is our town, these are our fans, and it’s our time right now.”
Which is why, starting Friday morning at 8 a.m., the club will begin selling single-game tickets for just a single weekend series: May 4-6, against the Phillies. These tickets will remain on sale for a full month before the rest of single-game tickets go on sale. And they’ll be available only to buyers with a credit card tied to an address in Maryland, the District or Virginia.
“We’ve heard it enough, we’ve seen it enough, and I don’t like it any more than anyone else,” Feffer 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.”
(To register for the offer, go to nationals.com/ourpark; once your address is verified, the team will send you a one-time password to complete your purchase.)
Good luck, Washington, but it’s not going to make a difference, especially when you keep signing former members of the 2008 Phillies.