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Posted by Brian Michael, Mon, February 28, 2011 08:30 PM | Comments: 10
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1. Call To Arms For Nats Fans from NBC Washington

The other day, two brave Nationals fans put a video on YouTube, a call to arms for fans to make sure that those pesky Phillies fans don’t intrude on Nationals Park this year. After taking a beating in the comments, they pulled the video.

Fortunately the movement didn’t die with that video. A Twitter rebellion has started with #SaveNatsParkApril14th as the battle cry.

Last year, thousands of Phillies fans loaded up on buses and infiltrated Nationals Park. PhilsFever.com is planning it again, although possibly not in such large numbers.

“Last year, it was the season opener and we knew Roy Halladay was on the hill and that was a catalyst for one of the largest invasions ever,” explains the site’s owner, Quimby. “We should still roll in with 3-400 strong, but a far cry from the 1,500 we had last year.”

Other Phillies fans aren’t quite as realistic. Brian Michael of PhilliesNation.com had this to say about Nationals fan reaction to the invasion:

“They don’t like it one bit. It’s more that Nats fans, in particular, want the rest of baseball to feel sorry for them and give them special treatment like not allowing opposing fans into the stadium.”

Clearly it never dawned on Michael, who actually lives in D.C., that maybe opposing fans with that attitude aren’t wanted there because that line of thinking is obnoxious.

If the Phanatics are successful, some Nats fans think we only have ourselves, and our front office, to blame.

“If more people supported the Nats here in D.C. these ‘invasion’ trips would be much harder to accomplish,” said Thomas Landwermeyer, a season ticket holder from northern Virginia. “It also doesn’t help when Stan Kasten invites them to come to the stadium.”

While we don’t think Phillies fans need an invitation to venture down I-95, it certainly didn’t help.

Other fans see the invasion as motivation.

“I’m jealous of the Phillies fans because of their team’s success, and history, and the culture they have built up over the years. I want that for us,” says longtime fan Phil Senerchia. “I hope someday we Nats fans start busing up to Philly to watch our team pound the Phils. That’s got to start with us representing when the Phillies are in town, though.”

The Nationals haven’t put tickets up for sale yet, but if last year’s game attendance is any indication it could be a Phan driven atmosphere on April 14. And if that happens, it’s only a small blip in the world of bigger aspirations for our buddy from Phillies Nation.

“I’m fine with that because I couldn’t care less about the Nationals and their fans,” Michael boasts. “I only care about winning the World Series.”

I guess cities with no Super Bowl rings have to look forward to something.

We reached out to the Nationals to see if there will be any ticket offers or incentives for Nats fans to attend that game. We’ll update here with any news.

Click here for tickets to the Phillies fan invasion on April 14 in DC >>.

2. Inqlings: Double feature: Film and food from the Philadelphia Inquirer

A team led by Chase Lenfest and featuring 6ABC’s Walter Perez, PhilliesNation.com’s Pat Gallen, CW57′s Kharisma McIlwaine, and Survivor alumnus Gervase Peterson won the Police Athletic League’s annual PAL Night media basketball game during halftime at the Sixers game Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center. It was a 14-5 blowout, but not a total loss for Marisa Magnatta, producer of Preston & Steve. “I got a rebound,” she says brightly, adding: “And then a 14-year-old girl stole the ball from me.” Magnatta, who at exactly half the height of the rim was the shortest on the court, says: “I was trying to get people to hoist me up.” Magnatta’s teammates were Comcast SportsNet’s Marshall Harris, NBC10′s Harry Hairston, CBS3′s Jericka Duncan, and ESPN 97.3′s Mike Gill. The event raised more than $11,000.

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  • Posts: 13 Blanton is Beastly

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    So their plan to get back at the Phillies is to deny their own team ticket sales?

    Kids these days and their crazy schemes.

     
  • Posts: 5400 Lefty

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    That was a good laugh. The author calls Brian obnoxious and she can’t even spell his name right. Check the comments section, it’s a hoot.

     
  • Posts: 58 LCMRSalazar85

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    I live in the DC area myself, and it doesn’t matter what the subject is. These folks are spoiled rotten. They get insulted quickly if you don’t side with them. I love the fact that with the exception of the hockey team – THEY SUCK IN EVERY SPORT! It won’t be this way for ever, but am loving the whining the past few years. Tickets go on sale on the Nats site on 3/3. See ya on 4/15!

     
  • Posts: 78 PhP54

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    Nationals Fans should be happy. If it was not for us, they could not have afforded Jayson Werth. I am so sick of the culture in DC. They fire Dibble for something stupid (he may be a pompous rear end, but he didn’t deserve to get fired for THAT one). Mike Rizzo gets promoted after Jim Bowden leaves and gets rewarded for finishing 5th. I am sorry, but the Nationals are one blanked up organization. They should thank us – not make it tough on us. I wish I had a lot of money, I’d take all 9 games we play there and give all expense trips to DC for any Phillie Phan just to sell out their stadium with our fans.

     
  • Posts: 78 PhP54

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    At least Phil was honest.

     
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    Interestingly enough, I called the Blue Jays ticket office today to buy tickets for my July 4th weekend trip to Toronto and the guy at the office talked to me for almost an hour about how awesome Roy Halladay is and how he had fun coming to Philly for the Blue Jays “Home Games” last season. Couldn’t have had a nicer conversation. The guy put me in seats right next to the Phillies bullpen for Sunday’s game and 3 rows above home plate for Saturday.

     
  • Posts: 178 bfo_33

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    They’re whining, but I can relate. From @ 85-90, we used to have the same problem with Mets fans coming down to the Vet. Nothing worse than getting spanked in your own park, having to listen to that Long Island accent rub it in. In the Nats favor, at least they have an ownership group willingto spend money, have some talent, will put up runs, and look to be competitive in 2-3 yrs (still no pitching, will be lucky to win 70 games this year, but look for them to break 0.500 in 2013). If you don’t like the away team in your park, buy tickets.

     
  • Posts: 140 Don M

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    Didn’t the Nationals reach out to the Phillies in 2009 to try to persuade our fans to drive down there for the game?????

    If the chick that wrote that blog was a dude, I would punch-a-b!tch

     
  • Posts: 155 therookie300

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    I guess they are trying to make the game interesting for Nats fans. I for one am seriously considering making the trip down now. Just have to get off of work…

     
  • Posts: 578 Brian Michael

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    Everyone should come down. It’s gonna be wild.

    http://www.sportsandtrips.com/ref.asp?id=385

     
 
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