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Don’t wear white to the ballpark today, Nats fans

Oct 10, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

Ian Desmond took to Twitter last night to give Nats fans tips about the right way and the wrong way to show their Nattitude today:


Serious question: have baseball teams ever done the “white out” thing like we’ve seen in basketball and football?  I can’t remember it. Even if they had, I doubt it even extends to the seats down low anyway. That’s more of a golf shirt/polo shirt crowd in most parks than a t-shirt crowd.

They can go for a plaid-out. Or a popped-collar-pastel-out. Or maybe they can do something involving ugly loafers and jeans since most of them will be wearing that sort of thing anyway.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Isn’t telling people how to express their Nattitude in direct contrast to the concept of Nattitude?

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:07 AM

      It’s only Natitude if you are banning oppsing fans from buying tickets.Banning your own fans from wearing white is soemthign entirely different.

      On a serious note, how White are we talking here? Egg Shell clearly is a no go, but what about Ivory, or Antique White?

      • tmohr - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

        MItt Romney white or Eminem white?

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:31 AM

        Or M&M white?

      • kiwicricket - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:38 AM

        Cream, bone, off-white, white, ivory and beige are frowned upon.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:08 AM

        How about Obama white (1/2)? Fifty shades of grey?

        I find it funny how everybody talks about Obama as a “black” president, but nobody seems to talk about Jeter as a “black” ball player. I believe they are equally black, right? I suppose black presidents are more rare than black ball players, but still. Half is half.

      • kevinbnyc - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:37 PM

        Pretty sure ecru is on the table

    • natstowngreg - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:08 AM

      Not really, since “Natitude” is a marketing campaign. To the extent “Natitude” is a concept, it’s a concept based on telling fans how to root for the team. In ways that increase revenue.

      BTW, the team is telling fans to express their “Natitude” by wearing red. What a surprise.

    • kellyb9 - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      I believe the word you were looking for is “Notitude”.

  2. xsturmin8 - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    I remember the White Sox doing a black out in game 163 against the twins a few years back, but aside from that no instances come to mind.

    • kopy - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:48 AM

      It reinforced what I learned from Disney movies: the bad team wears black.

      • nolanwiffle - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:49 AM

        Mean Machine.

    • ezthinking - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:58 AM

      The Rockies had Purple Mondays this year.

  3. randygnyc - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Just like a batters eye in center are mostly black/dark colors, infielders can miss batted/thrown balls because people sitting behind home/around bases wear too much white. Much more likely if the majority of fans wear white.

  4. illcomm - Oct 10, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    he should have told then to bring two shirts and switch em out between half innings

  5. DelawarePhilliesFan - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    He also asked opposing fans to stop yelling “N-n-n-noonan! N-n-n-n-noonan!” as the pitch comes in.

  6. realgone2 - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Welcome everyone to Nationals park and please refrain from having any fun whatsoever.

    • heyblueyoustink - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:00 AM

      Well, they *do* have “The Red Porch”, and they are based in Washington, sooo, we can conclude the team and it’s ownership are a bunch of communists?

  7. metalhead387 - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Your bitterness towards the nats flows through every article. just accept that the braves didn’t advance and write some unbiased articles.

    • paperlions - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:21 AM

      You have a keen imagination.

  8. bigleagues - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    This white out thing is new to baseball. Baseball fans, however, are quite familiar with Blackouts.

  9. albertmn - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    The Twins had the white Homer Hankies that everyone was waving back on ’87 and ’91. I don’t recall any errors directly attributed to anyone not being able to see a ball.

    But, if it truly made a difference, shouldn’t every home team hold up something white when the other team is in the field, and put it down when the home team is in the field?

  10. brewcrewfan54 - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Whenever teams do these white out, blackout things where they try to get all the fans to wear the same color is lame. Does this really do anything to intimidate the other team or make the home team play better? I dont really think so.

  11. DelawarePhilliesFan - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    How did the thread get this far along with out noting the Fashion Angle? Mr Desmond is correct

  12. prionogenic - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    When teams hand out white rally towels (like the Phillies had in years past) even the moneybags behind homeplate will wave those around, which has a very similar effect, if not worse than a white out

  13. dexterismyhero - Oct 10, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    I had a black out last night!!!!

  14. philswfc08 - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    They’ve done a jorts-out at Shea Stadium back when the Mets were in the playoffs.

    • kevinbnyc - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      Pretty sure Keith Hernandez, David Cone, Dwight Gooden and Co. had their own personal white outs in Shea as well.

  15. chumthumper - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Background certainly wasn’t a problem in the 9th inning. Almost all the premium seats behind the plate were empty and some of those still there moved there from cheaper seats.

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