(Home cookin' at Opening Day 2010 at Nationals Park April 5, 2010. Photo by Nationals Enquirer staff.)
The Nationals released their 2011 schedule last night, and Nats fans can rest a little easier knowing that Stan Kasten's favorite paying customers won't have the red carpet rolled out for them on Opening Day this time around.
Instead, the Nationals will open the 2011 season at home on Thursday, March 31 against the Braves. That means no Stan Kasten Express Party Bus from Philly on Opening Day, folks. No busloads of 20,000+ drunken goons from Philly. No booing and heckling the home team during Opening Day ceremonies. No "Let's Go Phillies!" chants. With all those tickets available now, shame on NatsTown if the game is anything short of a sellout.
Phillies fans will have to wait until April 12-14 to turn Nationals Park into Citizens Bank Park South for the first time in 2011. Stan Kasten will be waiting with open arms.