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Nats blogger whines about not gettin' free stuff

Sep 13, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

The next time you hear about how loyal fans of bad teams are “long suffering,” just remember that some of those long suffering fans are pretty whiny and petty too.  Check out this snippy little rant from SBF at the Nats 320 blog about how “questionable season ticket holders” who weren’t wearing Nats gear got prizes at the game yesterday.

Query: if Nats bloggers focus so much on this kind of stuff, what possible incentive does the team have to make the team better? It sounds to me like a free pair of Oakleys would make everyone happy.

  1. Mark Armour - Sep 13, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    I have been to hundreds of major league games, and don’t recall ever wearing team gear. Maybe when I was 10 I wore a Red Sox cap once or twice, but certainly not as an adult. I am not sure how or when this paradigm shifted. When did people, in large numbers, start believing they should wear team garb to the game?

  2. BC - Sep 13, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    That blogger is ridiculous. Send the team back to Montreal and see how “long-suffering” the Washington fans are.

  3. Tim's Neighbor - Sep 13, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    With fans like that, I’m shocked at when players don’t want to interact with fans. Shocked.

  4. Wooden U Lykteneau - Sep 13, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    Nailed it. Can I still mention that DC has a lot of transplants?

  5. CM_Wang - Sep 13, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    If I ran the Nats, I would require each spectator, even “clearly questionable regular season ticket holders,” to wear an absolute minimum of 37 pieces of Nats flair.

  6. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 13, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Dumbest. Blog. Entry. Ever. What a complete and utter putz.

  7. Utley's hair - Sep 13, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    This is somewhat akin to Gnats fans bitching about Phightins phans buying enough tickets to almost sell out Nationals Stadium, when they can’t. Before every Phils series in DC, I get countless emails from the Phils advertising available tickets.

  8. Wings - Sep 13, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Sounds like some elitist b.s. to me. So what this blogger is saying is that just because these people aren’t spending $20-30 on a t-shirt or a hundred or so on a jersey or jacket that they don’t deserve free stuff?
    Maybe they’ve gone to every home game this year and worn all of their 25 custom player jersey shirts multiple times. Maybe they can’t afford to do laundry because they wasted so much money paying to advertise for this business that they also then paid money to go see.
    Also, why is it that the Nationals should only reward those fans rich enough to pay for season tickets? Does the family that can only afford to go to one or two games a year love the team any less? Are you telling me that as a dedicated season ticket holder, this blogger has never gotten anything for free from the team?
    For someone to complain about not getting a free pair of over-priced sunglasses or free airfare that many others couldn’t afford to take off of work to use actually makes me a little sick.
    Just petty selfishness if you ask me.

  9. mcsnide - Sep 13, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Because two chicks couldn’t possibly be fans of the game. Are we sure Dibble didn’t set up a blog?

  10. Jonny5 - Sep 13, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    There was a time when I was a yout’ Yes a young human. And during this time only a handful of spectators actually wore team apparel. Now you aren’t even a fan if you don’t wear team apparel? I wonder what he’d say about my #26 jersey that hasn’t been washed since 2008 when it was gifted to me? I mean, those beer stains are totally not going to be washed out. They’re lucky beer stains. My wife knows it would totally be over between us if she were to get it close to a washing machine. Anyone else have any good luck charms like this? Or am I the only loser who smells like 3 year old beer? Actually, it’s not stinky, just stained, and unwashed….
    BTW, I think that blogger is no more than a ticked off fan, just like everyone else who got squat that day. Anyone can create a blog. I know a girl who blogs about her car. Yes it’s a Blog dedicated to her car.

  11. MyTeamIsBetterThanYours - Sep 13, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    I looked at this Nats320 site and the guy has to be the goof pictured in so many of these pictures. I am still laughing. Go through about the last 20 posts and you will find him wearing a Nats cap, glasses and graying moustache and on the September 5th post in Pittsburgh he is posing in front of landmarks.
    This stuff is unreadable but hilarious although I think he believes he is a journalist. If he has credentials, he should have them pulled as an embarassment to a laughingstock team.
    I better go out and buy team jerseys so I am a real fan. Give me a break!

  12. Reflex - Sep 13, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    Its funny, I posted a comment but he has them all set for ‘approval’ which basically means he’s only letting the ones supporting him through. No suprise that so far the only one allowed is supportive. What is amusing is that there is only one such comment…

  13. MrJMadIV - Sep 13, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    ok I had to register at this site, just to say this.
    PLEASE, PLEASE Don’t think that this guy is representative of the entire Nats fanbase. He is not. He is a self-titled:”super fan” Team arse-kisser with a ridiculous sense of entitlement.
    He is almost universally reviled among Nats fans.

  14. MrJMadIV - Sep 13, 2010 at 7:22 PM

    ok I had to register at this site, just to say this.
    PLEASE, PLEASE Don’t think that this guy is representative of the entire Nats fanbase. He is not. He is a self-titled:”super fan” Team bootlicker with a ridiculous sense of entitlement. He has it etched in his skull that he is far more important than he really is, and if you read the rest of his craptastic blog, you’ll see that.
    He is almost universally reviled among real Nats fans.

  15. MyTeamIsBetterThanYours - Sep 13, 2010 at 8:12 PM

    Reflex-What would stop this fool from shilling on his own site? Easy to post your own positive comments. People shill for themselves all the time.
    If I were the loser Nats, I would ban the guy. What a loser!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. MyTeamIsBetterThanYours - Sep 13, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    Reflex – He wont post anything negative but his own shilled positive comments. Nats320 aka Sal or whatever name he is posting in is a comeplete loser!

  17. RealNatsFan - Sep 13, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    Mr.JMadIV is absolutely correct about this blogger and the Nats fanbase. “Dedicated” Nats fans are those who support the team. Period. They are “Deserving” whatever they are wearing, wherever they are sitting, and however often they attend games. It is a privilege to be able to purchase season tickets that no doubt many “Dedicated” and “Deserving” Nats fans do not have the means to purchase. Same goes for team gear. A “Dedicated” and “Deserving” fan wouldn’t need this reminder.

  18. Screechs Mild Aquaintance - Sep 13, 2010 at 8:40 PM

    OMG I can’t agree loudly enough. The guy who writes the Nats320 blog, the self-proclaimed “Screech’s Best Friend,” is named Jeff Saffelle. Granted he LOVES the Nationals, and he certainly has dedicated much of his life to chronicling the team; but this outrageous blog post reveals his true creepy character. This guy gives baseball bloggers a bad name.
    He believes that he is Nats Fan #1, and that this makes him some kind of royalty.
    He works hard to create the impression that he is best buddies with every Nationals player and employee, corralling them into posing for photos with him and posting the photos all over his blog (here’s a priceless example).
    He absolutely resents the fact that dozens of other Nats blogs have popped up over the last five years. He considers them to be competition, and refuses to associate with other bloggers.
    He has been known to actually call security and ask to have people removed from their seats because he suspects they are “squatting,” and not actual season ticket holders.
    Now this ridiculous rant, suggesting that people in the cheap seats are not “dedicated and deserving” Nats fans like him, and even going to far as to suggest that the in-game host is somehow on the take. The Nationals ought to sue him for slander.
    Here’s what gets me the most: The most seriously dedicated season ticket holders I know focus intensely on the game and couldn’t care less about the mid-inning giveaways. A true Nats fan — a dedicated season ticket holder who wants to see the team do well — should be THRILLED that the Nats are trying to make the game experience more exciting for the visitors sitting in the cheap seats. That’s how you build a fan base, which is how you build a successful team.
    Besides, the Nationals already coddle their season ticket holders with free giveaways, upgrades, and the like. The notion that he is somehow also entitled to every other free giveaway in the ball park is — augh! I just want to scream at this man’s arrogance.
    SBF, you obviously crave attention. Congratulations. You got it.

  19. MyTeamIsBetterThanYours - Sep 13, 2010 at 9:28 PM

    Okay, thanks for that post to the “priceless example”. So we know who he is. Is the short woman in 1/2 the photos his assistant blogger? Trying to figure out what the heck I am looking at.
    This has to be satire, right? These can’t be real people. They are in almost every photo. So, do they have a camera crew that follows them? I ask that because they are both in many of the photos?
    There writings are very ego based. Another quesiton, many teams give bloggers better access, if so, the Nationals should pull there credentials.

  20. Reflex - Sep 13, 2010 at 11:20 PM

    Don’t worry about it, I don’t consider him any more indicative of Nats fans than I consider Chris Forentiano indicative of Phil’s fans. Every fanbase has a few homers, and I know plenty here in Seattle too.

  21. Screechs Mild Aquaintance - Sep 13, 2010 at 11:24 PM

    That’s his wife Sohna, whom he refers to as “The African Queen.” I’m not going to go there.
    What I don’t get is that he takes any opportunity to pose with players and include those photos of himself in the day’s blog post, regardless of topic. He probably has fifty photos of himself with his “friend” Ryan Zimmerman, yet he won’t miss a chance to stand in line and get another one.
    BTW, he doesn’t tweet, but somebody else is doing it for him:

  22. MyTeamIsBetterThanYours - Sep 14, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    To Screechs Mild Acquaintance:
    How do the players feel about him? That would be an interesting story titled “Here Comes The Pest”.
    Here is a suggestion. He is looking for free stuff and they should oblige. Give him orange apparel and box seats to the Orioles and hope he becomes there problem! I think Baltimore is close to Washington so maybe give him gas money to. Probly worth that to your team. I hear Nick Markakis needs a new friend! haha

  23. MyTeamIsBetterThanYours - Sep 14, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    I studied psychology in college and not kidding you that I believe this Nats320 guy suffers from a mental condition Atypical fanatic (fan) paranoid/narcissist.
    By reading his blog entries it seems he could fit the following description:

    1. Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
    2. Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
    3. Believes that he or she is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions)
    4. Requires excessive admiration
    5. Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his or her expectations
    6. Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his or her own ends
    7. Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others
    8. Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him or her
    9. Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.

    Someone within the team management should know that this guy could be dangerous as he will step over others by manipulating the truth to achieve his goals which may be the case with this Clint.
    Have you ever seen Robert DeNiro in the movie The Fan? If Ryan Zimmerman truly took 50 photos with this guy, maybe a restraining order is in the offing! Scary!

  24. Reflex - Sep 14, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Thats a pretty funny account. Reads real well after checking out the blog.

  25. PhilliesGotRings - Sep 14, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Phillies have the right idea with their communication and bloggers.

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