Harrisburg, Penn. radio station dumps Phillies for Nationals

It seems there’s more bad news for the Phillies. (USATSI)
It seems there’s more bad news for the Phillies. (USATSI)

Nothing quite sums up the current state of the Phillies and Nationals, NL East rivals, quite like this (via Dave Sottile, PennLive.com) ... 

Ron Giovanniello, regional vice president of Cumulus Media Pennsylvania, said Monday the company's new Harrisburg-based Sports Radio 96.5 FM will carry the Nats instead of the Philadelphia Phillies as part of a one-year deal.

"Our agreement was up and we made the decision last week to part ways with the Phillies and flip to the Nationals," Giovanniello said. "Nothing against the Phillies, but clearly the Nationals are a team on the rise. They won the NL East last year and are picked to win it again this year.

Harrisburg, of course, is the capital of Pennsylvania, which, of course, is the home state of the Phillies. To be fair, Harrisburg is also home to the Nats' Double-A affiliate, so in that sense it's a bit of a natural transition. Still, from the Phillies' standpoint, losing a station the Nats despite being closer to (albeit barely) and in the same state as the affiliate in question is at least a little embarrassing. 

In related matters, the Phillies are coming off a last-place finish and seem bound for the same fate in 2015. The Nationals, meantime, are coming off a 96-win campaign and not long ago inked Max Scherzer

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