What's the problem?
So what if Stan Kasten went on the air in Philadelphia and tried to sell a few more seats (and Phillies merchandise like hats and foam fingers) to a few more obnoxious Philadelphians. It's a given that Nationals Park will be overrun with fat, drunk, guys from Philly in Chase Utley jerseys every time the Phils come to town anyway. Really, what's a few more fat, drunk, guys from Philly? The more the merrier.
In his column this morning, Boz joins the growing queue of Washingtonians up in arms over Stan Hawking tickets to the fat drunks from Philly:
Here's what you can't say if you're the president of a Washington pro sports franchise: Please, pretty please, Philadelphia fans, come to D.C. on Opening Day because we can't sell out our almost new ballpark in Year Two. We've got Phillies hats in our gift shop. We promise to be nice (even if you boo the Nats). Just bring your wallets.
Why can't you say that? It's true: "We" can't sell out "our" almost new ballpark. The empty seats are simply extra inventory (to use Mike Rizzo's favorite term, but here we're talking about cold hard seats, not warm bodies). Sell, sell, sell! We'll just have to cheer a little louder to drown out the unwashed Philadelphians.
Here at the Nationals Enquirer, we don't have a problem with Stan's pitch. Until the Nats field a winner, the reality is that Nationals Park will be a prime destination for opposing team's fans.You might as well lay out the Welcome mat. Welcome Home Phillies fans!
No matter what you do, Stan: please don't issue an apology. It really isn't necessary.
(Meanwhile, the Phillies will visit the White House on Tuesday; any word on whether Obama is throwing out the first pitch on Monday?)