(Photo by Nationals Enquirer staff. Opening Day 2010 at Citizen's Bank Park South.)
"When I was standing with the president before the game, I heard all this cheering. I said to Ted Lerner, 'What are they chanting?' And he didn't know. Fortunately, he didn't know because they were chanting, 'Let's go Phillies!' "
(Bud Selig, via Thomas Boswell/Washington Post, 4/6/2010)
"We'll get the attendance we deserve. ... If we give the fans a reason to support us, they will be here in droves."
(Stan Kasten, via Nationals.com, 4/13/2009)
Welcome to PhilliesTown, Nats Fans!
Worst of all, it wasn't even close to a 50-50 split.
Easily 65% Phillies fans at Nats Park for Opening Day?
Like Stan said, if you give the fans a reason, "they" will be here in droves! And by "they", we mean Phillies fans, of course. Commenter "Dave" over at Nats Insider captures one of the many low points of yesterday's Nats' home opener (and that's not saying anything about what happened on the field):
I think my "favorite" moment of genuflection to the Phillies fans came when Jerome, the PA announcer, came on with the very important announcement about where the bus for philliestailgateparty.com was going to pick up its drunken passengers.
Then I looked up, and sure enough, the announcement was posted on the HD video board.
If I didn't feel at home in my own stadium before that moment, the announcement sealed the deal.
(via Nats Insider/comments, 4/5/2010)
All aboard the Stan Kasten Philadelphia Party Bus! But remember: what really matters is that the cash registers were singing. Someone's got to pay Strasburg's bonus, after all.
Nate from Nats Triple Play nails it here:
What rankles is when Washington fans feel like visitors, even interlopers, in their own park. From booing Ryan Zimmerman's awards presentations to serenading the visitors with nicknames and chants, the auditory experience of today's game was all Philly, all the time.
(via Nats Triple Play, 4/5/2010)
Opening Day 2010 goes in the books as one of the low points in the brief history of the Washington Nationals. Good thing 2011 is right around the corner.
And at least Bud Selig believes D.C. will become a baseball town someday.
Here, enjoy a taste of the ubiquitous "Let's Go Phillies!" chants breaking out in section 111 yesterday:
And finally, President Obama didn't exactly cover himself in glory yesterday: on the mound or in the booth.