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The Nats beat the Phillies … with Natitude

May 4, 2012, 11:45 PM EDT

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I spent a lot of time in the past few days mildly mocking the idea of “Natitude” and the Washington Nationals’ take-back-the-park initiative. Earlier today Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post spoke with Davey Johnson about it all and he didn’t sound like a fan himself:

“What’s going to sell tickets is if we win ballgames,” Johnson said. “That’s the way we’re going to take this stadium back … I can hardly pronounce the dang word,” Johnson said.

Well, they did something about that tonight. They beat the Phillies in dramatic fashion in front of nearly 35,000 mostly Nats partisans who did, after all, take back the park.

The Phillies did pretty well against Stephen Strasburg, hitting a couple of homers and scoring three runs.  But the Nats’ bullpen was on point, throwing five shutout innings.  And yes, the Nats got a little help from a shorthanded umpiring crew, but whaddaya gonna do? In the end it was Wilson Ramos who did the most damage, however, knocking a bases loaded walkoff single to win it in the bottom of the 11th.

Query: why wasn’t Jonathan Paelbon in this game? The Nats’ 11th inning rally came against the dregs of the Philly pen. Doesn’t one think that, in a jam in a tie game in extra innings, the Phillies’ best relief pitcher would have made it way more likely that the Philly hitters would get another shot if he were in the game?

We’ll never know, I guess, because it would seem that Charlie Manuel and his post-ejection designees are under strict orders to only use Papelbon in save situations. The dude now qualifies for two positions in most fantasy leagues: closer and spectator.

But that’s the Phillies’ problem.  For the Nats, they took one small step on their way to prominence: they took back their park and won a game the likes of which, in the past, they so often lost.  And I don’t think it’s hyperbole or premature to say that if they take this series, they have taken a big step forward in their history.

Heady times for the Nats. Filled with … Natitude.

  1. verytalldad - May 4, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    That is 6 straight for the Nats against Philly.

    I guess all those pictures of Phillies fans getting on a bus were heading to the monuments.

    Everybody may be mocking “Natitude”, but at least we are winning

    First place Nats
    4th place Phillies!!!

    Feels good to take back the park!

    • schmedley69 - May 5, 2012 at 12:02 AM

      Talk to me in October. You D.C. fans are new to baseball, so you might not realize that it’s a 6 months season. It’s a marathon. You have to actually win the division before you are allowed to brag. The Phillies are 5-time reigning division champs, and more than likely, they will make it 6. Talk to the Braves about being the kings of April and May. You have to finish the job, and that is not an easy task.

      There were still a good 15,000+ Phillies fans there tonight, and there will be a lot more Sat and Sun. That’s hardly taking back the Park. The Nats are a good young team on the rise, but Nat fans are still among the worst in baseball.

      • goskinsvt - May 5, 2012 at 12:03 AM

        lol ‘a good 15,000′. Were you even watching the game? There weren’t half that many.

      • schmedley69 - May 5, 2012 at 12:09 AM

        I was at the game. A lot easier to tell by being there than watching on TV. Both teams wear red, moron.

      • goskinsvt - May 5, 2012 at 12:10 AM

        Oh I see, you counted them all, got it.

      • verytalldad - May 5, 2012 at 12:11 AM

        Philly fans are like the Pistons fans from the 2000′s. They walk around with there shirts and talk about how badass they are and how they are gods gift to sport fans. Then you realize they have 1 ring. More than the nats, yes, but hardly the Baseball Gods they claim to be.

        Enjoy getting old with the Nats at the top of the division.

        And if you think there were 15000+ fans at the game, you must be forgetting the Nats wear red too. Your buses full of fans must be waiting for Saturday.

      • schmedley69 - May 5, 2012 at 12:22 AM

        The Phillies have 2 rings, 7 NL Pennants, 11 Division Titles, 129 years of history, a huge fan base that spans generations and a 200+ game sellout streak. What do the Nats have to hang their hat on? An extra inning win against a depleted Phillies team on the opening night “Natitude Weekend” in front of 37,000 (mostly) Nat fans. Enjoy it.

      • verytalldad - May 5, 2012 at 12:28 AM

        The old 129 year old history defense.

        A little desperate for a meaningless game in May.

        Go back and look at your attendance in the 80′s and 90′s.

        The Nats have nothing but young stud pitchers, a 19 year old star and growing fan base. and were only 7 years old!!

        2005-2012 Nats Pride!!!

      • schmedley69 - May 5, 2012 at 12:35 AM

        Nats pride. Hahaha!!! Lowest TV ratings in baseball last year. About 30,000 per game, while teams like the Yankees, Phillies and Red Sox were close to 300,000. For a team on the rise, it doesn’t look like many of your fellow fans are tuning in to share in the pride.

      • wetmorepsu12 - May 5, 2012 at 12:40 AM

        dc baseball has failed twice already. even with horrible teams, phillies baseball has stuck around for 129 years. game, set, match.

      • verytalldad - May 5, 2012 at 12:40 AM

        300,000 people a game!!! MOTHER OF GOD!!!!

        ALL HAIL SUPER FANS AT THE SUPER STADIUMS!!!!

        Our measly 30k for a 7 year old team really does seem small to your 300,000 fans per game.

        And not a good reference for Philly fans to bring up the Yankees when you have 2 rings in 129 years.

        Nats are rising. So are the Rays and nobody are at those games.

      • verytalldad - May 5, 2012 at 12:41 AM

        wetmorepsu12 ,
        2 rings in 129 years. Game, set, douche.

      • Reflex - May 5, 2012 at 12:50 AM

        Wow, so the Phils average a ring every 65 years and a pennant every 19 or so. Also, they think a season and a third is a long sellout streak.

        The Nats haven’t even existed long enough to demonstrate the level of futility that the Phils have…

        Disclaimer: Not a Nats fan, just amazed at the douchiness being shown by *some* Phils fans…

      • schmedley69 - May 5, 2012 at 12:58 AM

        Good points, Reflex. Lets narrow down the window to cover only the time since the Nats have been in the league: Since 2005, the Phillies have averaged a ring every 7 years, a pennant every 3.5 years, and a division title every 1.4 years.

        So I guess the Nats fans on here aren’t being “douchy?” Your not a Nats fan, but obviously biased.

      • Reflex - May 5, 2012 at 1:17 AM

        So you want to compare a team that was gutted and relocated, essentially an expansion team in 2005, to a team with a 129 year history that theoretically should have had plenty of time to develop a winning system.

        ….ok…..

        And your right, I’m biased against fans who go out of their way to be jerks. You’ll note I don’t respond to Utley’s Hair, Jonny5 or a host of other Phils fans this way.

      • schmedley69 - May 5, 2012 at 1:37 AM

        So verytalldad isn’t going out of his way to be a jerk? It sure looks that way to me. In fact, you could even say that you are too. It was basically trash talk between Nats and Phillies fans, with both sides being jerks, and then you come in all high and mighty as an “unbiased” observer and proclaim that the Phillies fan is being a jerk. Get off of your high horse, pal. You have stooped to our level now, and you are no better.

      • Reflex - May 5, 2012 at 4:00 AM

        Well so far all I’ve done is point out how amusing it is to have a team that is probably only second to the Cubs for historical futility to have a few winning seasons and then go off on fans of a young building team acting like you guys are rooting for the Yankees or something.

        Your team has been good for several years now. Thats awesome! But don’t forget that less than a decade ago the Phils *were* the Nats. And aside from a couple of random years, had been basically the Pirates for more than a century. Sure, cheer your team on. Build rivalries. But there is no reason to be jerks about it. You can cheer your team without putting down others.

      • Reflex - May 5, 2012 at 4:03 AM

        Oh, btw, when you are called out for bad behavior, its not a defense to point at someone else and go “But they were doing it too!” At least its not a defense anywhere past the 2nd grade. Yes, some of the Nats fans have been rude. But it has not been as common or consistent as the Phils fans. Maybe that will change as the Nats continue their rise, and if it does I’ll probably start speaking up about it more. But they haven’t on average justified me saying much yet.

        I like civility, people can be rivals and even trash talk while still being respectful.

      • schmedley69 - May 5, 2012 at 9:32 AM

        Keep policing the boards and make yourself feel like you are up there on some kind of moral high ground. The truth of the matter is that you are a complete hypocrite and take yourself way too seriously. You are right down in the gutter with the rest of here.

  2. goskinsvt - May 4, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Natitude baby.

  3. xmatt0926x - May 5, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    Announced crowd of about 35,000 that includes the many Phillies fans not mentioned. Yeah…..thats Natitude for a 1st place team on a friday night. 22,000 for Harpers debut and then 16,000. Yeah……keep up the good work Nats fans. Take back that park!! Yes, there is some bitterness in my post over the horrific blown calls that cost the Phillies the game but give us a break with the Nats fans nonsense. Next week when the team is playing in front of 17,000 again all the Nats players will be eagerly awaiting for the Phillies to come back to town just to see some of those seats filled.

    • verytalldad - May 5, 2012 at 12:18 AM

      Philly Fans!! We all bow to your superior fandom and that your had less attendance than the Nats when you sucked.

      Maybe there is a lot of desperation in the posts that your window is closing pretty pretty tight and the Nats are young and overachieving at this point. Enjoy looking up at us for years to come.

      Its funny looking at the 60+ posts earlier on Craigs post on how ridiculous this take back the park thing would be and how embarrased the Nats would be. All wrong.

      *Nats attendance through the first 11 home dates of the season is up 21.5% over last year through 11 dates.

      *Nats crowd of 22,675 for Harper debut was 41% higher than the average early-season Tuesday night crowd of ’11-’10-’09.

      *the Harper debut crowd was 37% higher than the average Mon-Tues-Weds-Thurs early-season Nats crowds of ’11-’10′-09.

      The Natitude is rising

      • evanwins - May 5, 2012 at 1:22 AM

        You’re comparing the Nats to the Nats. Phillies have sold out 214 consecutive games. Nats sell outs? 0.

        Yeah, you guys are STRONG…Strong like bull.

        And I heard a fairly loud “CHOOOOOCH” chant after he hit the home run (off Strasburg). It was pretty loud. So I’m not exactly sure how much of the park you took back.

        And regarding our window closing? The Phillies have won the most games in baseball the past 2 years. The Most. I’m fairly certain the window isn’t closing that quickly, at least there are no significant, hard facts to support that it’s closing. And call me crazy but I deal in reality. Plus, we got money (see sellouts above), which insulates a franchise from closing windows.

        And the game? Well, it’s a pretty hollow victory for you, isn’t it? I mean really, didn’t the umpires hand you the game?

        See if any of this looks the same in September.

  4. heyblueyoustink - May 5, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Two and two thirds innings to get to the Phillies worst reliever with ump help? You’re right, the Nats are total powerhouses Nats fans you’re right….. #takingthatlongtobeatSchwimerislikebeatingupyourlittlesister

    • verytalldad - May 5, 2012 at 12:22 AM

      Blaming in the ump on a supposed meaningless game in May? Isnt that the talking point right now Philly, that this game is meaningless?

    • evanwins - May 5, 2012 at 1:30 AM

      Noooo. They beat the Phillies fair and square.

      The phillies #6 starter, without Utley, without Howard, a minor league reliever and them with their “ace”, in 11 innings and with a bad call that cost the Phillies the winning run.

      Nice job nats. You guys are great. Sure to win the Series.

      • pdowdy83 - May 7, 2012 at 9:51 AM

        Really? You want to play the injury card? No Zimmerman, no LaRoche, no Morse. Our bullpen held better than the Phillies without Lidge or Storen…Oh and the umps blew 2 calls against the Nats too…man there is a lot of desperation in these posts for a “meaningless May series”

  5. jagrbomb18 - May 5, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Lol what makes me laugh is that a team actually does this for one series in MAY…anything to sell tickets though I guess….hell if I lived in DC I’d go to a game every time the Phil’s came to town too…

  6. hoober27 - May 5, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Watching the broadcast, the Nats announcers were bragging about the attendance in the first few innings when the stadium was barely half full, and that’s the optimist in me coming out. Not the only ridiculous thing the Nats announcers brought up. Ended up needing to switch the MLB.tv feed. Nats announcers the worst in baseball?

    • verytalldad - May 5, 2012 at 12:29 AM

      If you cant beat the team, beat the ANNOUNCERS??

      Well played Philly. Well played indeed.

  7. dawglb - May 5, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    The Nats are floating propaganda out there. They don’t want it to look like their Take Back The Park plan was a failure. There were many Phillies fans there. The Nats and Caps are pathetic with their marketing schemes. Real teams don’t need a gimmick to get fans to show up. Ever hear the Caps P.A. Announcer? He sounds like the douche who used to to do the Monster Truck rally commercials… It is a joke. Washington is a gimmick town.

    • verytalldad - May 5, 2012 at 12:43 AM

      Its all a CONSPIRACY!!!!! The plan failed. Obama I guess right? Its always Obama in DC.

  8. hoober27 - May 5, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    The comment about the announcers came from a Brewers fan who was tuning in to see Strasburg and Harper before the Crew played a night game on the west coast.

  9. undsputed - May 5, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    What’s this talk of stressing May? Does a game count for more in September than it does in May? A win is a win, and it means a greater hole for Philly regardless of whether Washington, Atlanta, or… New York(?!?!!!) is in 1st ahead of them. I don’t think Florida will stay out of it long either.

    Umpires? Did we not witness a blown call against the Nats at home plate as well? Check the highlights. Calls go both ways as we witnessed today.

    Depleted team? I don’t recall seeing the 2-4 hitters of the Nats lineup today (Morse, Zimmerman, and LaRoche) nor their closer (Storen).

    Anything else?

    • Utley's Hair - May 5, 2012 at 1:31 AM

      Ankiel’s foot was hovering above the plate. He was out. Watch the replay.

      • verytalldad - May 5, 2012 at 4:29 AM

        Back and to the left. Back and to the left. Back and to the left. Back and to the left. Back and to the left.

        Its all there on the tape

  10. dawglb - May 5, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    Saturday’s Nationals game will be at the same time as the other cross-town frauds’ game (Caps). Let’s see how many Nats fans there really are.

  11. hoober27 - May 5, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    The Rays comparison worked when you were still in RFK. No excuses with the new stadium (especially with the DC Metro) and a young, talented team. I lived in DC for a while and it was great. I could buy great seats on game day for the same price as bleacher seats in other parks.

  12. schmedley69 - May 5, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    Found this gem on TouTube. Nats playing their 2011 highlight montage on their JumboTron during the final game of last season in front of dozens of fans: Natitude baby!

    • undsputed - May 5, 2012 at 12:54 AM

      Footage of 2.5 sections in the outfield based on people who stayed after the game?

      Further wouldn’t the seats you’re showing be the worst seats for viewing the board?

      • schmedley69 - May 5, 2012 at 1:02 AM

        The guy who posted the video said that it was played “during” the game. Never been to a Nats game, have you?

  13. chaseutley - May 5, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Strasburg vs. Kendrick. No Howard. No Utley. I’m happy for you guys, but let’s have a little perspective. It’s early May. Let’s reconvene around Labor Day and hopefully talk about our awesome new rivalry.

    • undsputed - May 5, 2012 at 1:12 AM

      Agreed, when the three Nationals bats return and the two Phillies bats return, we can see how these teams stack up. I won’t bring the value of Howard into this at the moment, but both teams are obviously missing a lot of power.

      But there can’t be a rivalry with a 4th place team :) Things better shift between now and then to make it interesting. I got tickets to an October game between the teams (DC).

  14. evanwins - May 5, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    The game was meaningless because the Phillies will win the division by at least 8. See if there is still natitude (how lame can you get, by the way, natitude, lol).
    As for the meaningless game, it’s quite sad the lack of integrity that some people have. If the Phillies ever were lucky enough to win a game because of as many bad calls as that, and make no mistake about it-the ants won SOLELY on an extremely bad call that cost the phillies a run-I would have some integrity and admit that my team got lucky Not punt my chest as some victorious idiot.
    But I have integrity. I really wish other people did.
    And nats fans: do you really think that the Ruiz hit was foul? Remember, integrity. 4-3 Phillies in 9.
    But go ahead, celebrate a hollow, unearned victory.

    • undsputed - May 5, 2012 at 1:14 AM

      Wouldn’t it be 4-4 if we reverse bad umpire calls?

      • Utley's Hair - May 5, 2012 at 1:30 AM

        Watch the Ankiel replay. He was clearly out—his foot was above the plate. So, no, it wouldn’t be 4-4.

      • evanwins - May 5, 2012 at 1:58 AM

        You wanting to believe that Ankiel was safe doesn’t make him safe in REALITY. If you watch the replay the ump got that call right.

        Can you say the same about the Ruiz “foul” ball?

      • verytalldad - May 5, 2012 at 4:30 AM

        I am honestly suprised we dont have Phillies fans on here say they arent going to lose another game this year.

        Getting senile with their old age, just like the players on the Phillies.

  15. sasquash20 - May 5, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    You know what I love this back in forth with each teams fans. I’m a phillies fan and I love to hate other teams and their fans. This promotion will only help make this a better rivalry. Lets be honest when they played in Montreal no one gave a hoot. DC is a major city just down 95 from Philly. This needs to be an awesome rivalry. DC is a transplant city, a lot of the people who live there aren’t from there. So it is going to take some time and some winning to build a good fan base. I hope DC does it, its better for baseball, and its better for the NL East. I’m a realist and I know the Phillies window is closing, maybe not this year or next year but soon. So to see what I believe is the next king of the division getting hyped up to play us, and trying to take back the stadium and try and take the crown from us I think it is awesome.

    All you my fellow Phillies fans don’t cry about injuries. Its part of the game. They have a few of their own. And lets be real Utley ain’t the same player he used to be so I’m not even sure he matters that much. Howard different story but they didn’t have Zimmerman either so its a push on the injuries.

    Go Phillies!

    • sasquash20 - May 5, 2012 at 1:23 AM

      PS- Thank god for baseball

    • schmedley69 - May 5, 2012 at 1:44 AM

      Yes, this is fun. There can’t be a good rivalry without some good “hate.” I’m really starting to hate the Nats and their fans.

  16. Utley's Hair - May 5, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    I watched the game on TV. It seemed like there were an awful lot of cheers on the Pence homer, the JRoll defense plays, and a rather loud “Chooch” being screamed after Ruiz’s homer. At numerous times, the Phightins Phans seemed to drown out the Nats fans. Based on the crowd reactions, the whole “Take back the park” and “Natitude” thing seems to have failed.

  17. undsputed - May 5, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    agreed Squash! After seeing baseball fall apart in the DC area (Baltimore), it is incredibly exciting to see an organization doing things right in DC. People actually feel a competing team developing here. The fact that the Nats are being recognized as a rival means they’re closer to their goal now.

    Money doesn’t buy titles. See the Red Sox and Yankees in standings.

    • schmedley69 - May 5, 2012 at 1:52 AM

      Talk doesn’t buy titles either. The Nats are definitely a team on the rise, but some of your fans are crowning themselves before they’ve won anything. I could be wrong, but I don’t think they’ve even finished over .500 since they’ve been in D.C. You’ve got to crawl before you walk They might be the heir apparent in the division, but then again, they might not. The Phillies have a lot of stud pitching prospects in the minors, who they could easily flip for a big bat at the deadline. The Phillies are getting older, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t reload themselves. In the ’90′s, we always heard how the Expos were going to be the team to beat for years to come, but it never really happened. Their one good year was wiped-out because of the strike.

  18. em1078 - May 5, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    Your team lost one game. Deal with it! Since phillies fans are such knowledgable baseball fans and all you’d think they’d understand that every team catches bad calls at some point! Hence why you shouldn’t leave it to the ump to win or lose the game! Seriously stop crying about bad calls and deal with it. There’s still 140ish games to go. Nats fans are happy because this is the first season we have consistently been gritty enough to win these games.

  19. Utley's Hair - May 5, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    But let’s just remember something here, folks: this umpiring crew was operating without Joe West. Imagine how bad the game would’ve been called WITH him.

    • verytalldad - May 5, 2012 at 3:01 AM

      I guess it was the umpires the last 6 games? The Nats have kind of owned the Phillies since last August.

      Keep grasping though.

      • Utley's Hair - May 5, 2012 at 3:11 AM

        Did I blame the loss on the umpires? No. I said it was a bad umped game. Why twist my words? You’ve been carrying on a knee-jerk reaction throughout this thread. Chill out. It’s a damn game.

      • Utley's Hair - May 5, 2012 at 3:22 AM

        You keep bringing up the last six games against the Phils. You do realize that four of those wins came AFTER the Phightins clinched the NL East last season…right? You know…when they were pretty much just playing spoiler and trying to get to 102 wins…which they did, incidentally…?

      • verytalldad - May 5, 2012 at 4:23 AM

        The old “WHOA MAN, CHILL OUT!!!” defense. Bc I am crazy and nobody else is about their team. Philly fans are the KING of honorable fans.

        Yes its just a game, a game that I see you make comments on everyday on this blog.

        Chill out man its just a game.

      • Utley's Hair - May 5, 2012 at 1:47 PM

        I was obviously referring to lats night’s game, and NOT the game of baseball in general, which, incidentally, just so happens to be a GAME also, so take your newfound holier than thou crap somewhere else. You show up when the Gnats have a good game or when you feel the need to disparage umpires or another team or their fans, and then disappear. As you say, I’m on here “every day,” which, though not exactly true, shows that I’m here regardless of outcome. I rip on the Phightins when needed, and to crow about them when they’re doing well.

        I never said that Phightins Phans are all “honorable.” But just as with any fanbase, there is a vocal subset. On the flip side, there is a vast majority that just likes to cheer on our team. That subset act in a way to color the fanbase as a whole. I’ve been to a lot of Phils games, both at the Bank, as well as elsewhere. You know how much trouble I’ve had? None. At all. No matter where I’ve been. The only time I’ve ever come close to having a problem was after a Phils Mets game at the Vet, where a group of Mets fans were drunk and trying to mix it up with Phillies Phans. That’s it.

        By the way, when did “Chill out” become a defense? It’s great that you are happy that your team won a game in early May, but pace yourself, man. There are still May through early October to go. If you don’t want to chill out and enjoy the ride, fine. Just stay the hell away from me.

  20. btwicey - May 5, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    Way to go nats. That team is in great shape from here on for the next 15 years. Why managers continue to be stubborn enough to not use their “closer” in non save situations is one of the most ridiculous things in baseball.

  21. num1eaglesfanyo - May 5, 2012 at 3:06 AM

    This isn’t football, basket ball or even hockey. There is 162 games in baseball so yea a win in may has nothing on a win in September or any late month in baseball. Nobody will look back at this game and say man if only the phillies would have won! They will say man if only the nats would have won 13 more games they’d be tied with the phils lol. Have fun while it last nats fans.

    • verytalldad - May 5, 2012 at 4:24 AM

      The Red Sox, Braves, and a few other teams from last seaon would disagree

  22. verytalldad - May 5, 2012 at 4:26 AM

    And to all the Phillies fans who say the Phillies have sold out like 2000 straight games, the Redskins say the same thing. So do the Red Sox.

    Its a sham and ownership knows it. Someone is buying the tickets, and its probably the team. Owners just like claiming they have a streak like that.

  23. mungman69 - May 5, 2012 at 6:24 AM

    The Phillies will recover. Where were all those Nat fans?

  24. Old Gator - May 5, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    It is a measure of how dumb this apparently interminable argument must be that my popcorn went soft and damp in its bowl while this juvenalia was perpetuating itself.

    Anyone want to talk politics? It is a derelection year, and I crave some mature, reasoned argumentation on this blog.

    • blcomment - May 5, 2012 at 7:48 AM

      I am an usher at the park. The attendance last night was at least 3-1 Nats fans. The Philly fan base is so bad they were actually written up in the WSJ yesterday. Many DC area residents won’t bring their kids to these games with the Philly fans. Who would really want a fan base like that representing their team?

  25. kvanhorn87 - May 5, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    It was kind of embarrassing to subject viewers on tv to staring at Lexus symbols all night. The Nats management should have at least given those seats behind home plate to seat fillers.

    • 18thstreet - May 5, 2012 at 8:32 AM

      The seats behind home plate always look like that. I’ve heard that it’s because the people who own the seats are watching from the richy-rich bar that’s exclusive to them. They’re in the park, just not in their seats (so I’ve heard).

      It’s awful. They ought to rename the place One Percent Park, because that’s who it was built for.

      • filthtown - May 5, 2012 at 8:54 AM

        Many of those seats–at least 25 directly behind home plate–are given to active duty service members, many of whom have been wounded in combat. They can often be seen standing or sitting in their wheelchairs on the concourse above those seats. Sorry they couldn’t sit in their seats.

      • 18thstreet - May 5, 2012 at 8:56 AM

        Giving away a great seat to someone who literally cannot use it is an odd gesture.

      • ocho - May 5, 2012 at 9:52 AM

        I agree with the first oart of your comment, last yr I was lucky enough to get some of the Lexus tickets and the restaurant/bar that accompanies those seats is amazing and still allows you to see the game from the concourse or giant HD tvs. I have to disagree with your assessment of the park tho, of all of the DC sports teams Nats Park is the most affordable and has all types of deals to promote attendance.

      • natstowngreg - May 5, 2012 at 8:53 PM

        A friend who has Capitals tickets offered me one for one of their playoff games vs. Boston. Being a longtime Buffalo Sabres fan, I was happy to go and root against the Bruins. We sat in a corner of the lower deck. $232.

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