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Nats taking steps to avoid Phillies fans in park

Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:47 am

By Matt Snyder

The Washington Nationals' front office is tired of seeing Phillies fans take over their ballpark when Washington hosts the Phillies, so they're trying to do something about it.

In an effort they're calling "Take Back the Park," the Nationals are making it as difficult as possible for Phillies fans to outnumber Nationals fans in the May 4-6 series. Beginning today (Friday morning), the Nationals are offering single-game tickets for the series -- and only this particular series -- even though other single-game tickets won't be for sale for another month. Not only that, only buyers with credit cards tied to an address in Maryland, Virginia or the District of Columbia will be allowed to buy tickets (all information from

The Nats mean business. Not only on the field, where they've had a good offseason and appear to be a legitimate contender in the loaded NL East. But check out this series of quotes from COO Andy Feffer, all via

• “Frankly, I was tired of seeing it. Forget you, Philly. This is our park, this is our town, these are our fans, and it’s our time right now.”

Washington offseason
• “We’ve heard it enough, we’ve seen it enough, and I don’t like it any more than anyone else. 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.”

• “We’ve got some other things planned for the Phillies. Don’t expect their buses to be hanging out and dropping off their fans right around the ballpark here. I’m gonna stick ‘em across the river if I can, make ‘em swim across.” [Note: The Post noted this was said as a joke]

• “Seriously, for those fans who do come, we treat all guests with respect and courtesy. But look, we’re not gonna make it easy for group sales, for buses coming from Philly. I will not make it easy for those guys to buy tickets or get into this ballpark. Once they’re here, obviously we treat all our guests as patrons, with respect.”

• “Look, this is what a rivalry’s about. The Phillies and Nationals should be that rivalry that people get fired up about, and that’s ok. I want Phillies fans to acknowledge that we’re a legitimate contender and that we’re for real. And you know what? If Phillies fans are a little bit irked, that means they’re paying attention.”

Whoa. Breaking out the big guns, eh, Nationals? I have to say, I love it. Old, traditional rivalries are great (Yankees/Red Sox, Cubs/Cardinals, Dodgers/Giants, etc.), but it's even more exciting to see new rivalries emerge. What if the Nationals are a contender this year and we see them lock horns with the Phillies a few times? That's great for baseball.

So what say you, Phillies fans? Are you "irked" and "paying attention" to the Nationals yet?

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Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:32 pm

Nats taking steps to avoid Phillies fans in park

And that is what they want you to do. BTW it will cost you extra to buy the tickets second hand but just to spite them many will.

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:21 pm

Nats taking steps to avoid Phillies fans in park

with the money the nats spent in the off season, they better take all the ticket sales they can get...the phils fans also spend money on concessions, hotel rooms, and in local businesses...maybe you are being a little short sighted. Put a winning team on the field and then your own fans will buy the tickets...and resell them to phils fans...just saying...

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:07 pm

Nats taking steps to avoid Phillies fans in park

While I admire the wish of the Nationals to have more of their fans in the park than a visiting team, they only have themselves to blame -- I don't mean their losing record either.

The biggest problem in Washington is the price of the tickets.  I looked into going to a couple of games last season and was blown away by what they charged for tickets.  Last season the outfield tickets in Baltimore were between $8 and $10 cheaper than the same seats in Washington's ballpark.

In addition, Washington has to remember that every game was sold out in Philly before the season started.  That gave Phillie fans the thought to give up buying tickets at Citizens Bank Ballpark where they were difficult to get and hone in on other parks.  Last year, huge groups of Phillie fans traveled to Pittsburgh, Washington, New York, and Baltimore because the tickets were available.  Sell out your own ballpark ahead of time and maybe they won't show.  Otherwise, expect a sea of Phillie red all summer long.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:06 pm

Nats taking steps to avoid Phillies fans in park


Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:54 am

Nats taking steps to avoid Phillies fans in park

Wow!!! I mean its cool to see him do that to the Philly fans but to say that this is gonna become the new rivalry is ridiculous. No matter how bad the Mets are its always gonna be the Mets and the Phillys.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:20 am

Nats taking steps to avoid Phillies fans in park

Wow this is stupid. Just ask the Caps how they turned it around, one word, WINNING. Any winning team will fill seats, and the nationals brass should know this and just be patient. Any attempt like the one they are doing to supposedly take back the park is ridiculous and will fail. Nats have a good young team and in time they fill the seats with people, but forcing it on people like this is never a good idea.

Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:19 am

Nats taking steps to avoid Phillies fans in park

Seats will be empty and the Nationals will be as awful as always.
Shows how little you know about baseball and any other team outside of the Phillies...

I love how they're doing this and frankly, as a season ticket holder, can't stand how many Philly fans show up at Nationals Park. They're just like Steeler fans: a plague that shows up whenever it pleases and always at the worst time. Phillies are still better than the Nationals: I'm not debating that, but we had a good offseason and will legitimately compete for the division in years to come. Go cry about not being able to come to our stadium...

Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:12 am

Nats taking steps to avoid Phillies fans in park

problem is so many bandwagon phillies fans living in the dc area

we didnt have a baseball team... lets pick the closest one thats good?

thus, lots of phillies fans 

Since: Mar 29, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:09 am

Nats taking steps to avoid Phillies fans in park

Love how the COO says he will treat all Phillies fans that get in with respect. How he quickly forgets when he shut off the lights on the Phillies fans. Some respect. Seats will be empty and the Nationals will be as awful as always. Butthurt Nationals.

Since: Sep 14, 2011
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:07 am

Nats taking steps to avoid Phillies fans in park

I'm going there whether they want me to or not. They can't just say Phillies fans aren't allowed to go to their park! They hardly get any fans at the games as it is!

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