(Phillies clinch NL East crown. Jayson Werth pours champagne over Roy Halladay's head. Photo by REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst.)
"This is our house!"
(Phillies fans at Nationals Park, 9/27/2010)
"Damn, it was a lot louder at our place than it was at their place when we go there. It felt it was a home game for the Phillies."
(Nyjer Morgan, via The Goessling Game/MASNSports.com, 9/27/2010)
"Kind of embarrassing, when everyone in the stadium is clapping against you when you're at home."
(Ian Desmond, via Washington Post, 9/28/2010)
"That's just the way it is. The Philly fans are die-hard. They came down here. That's how it always is. Hopefully it changes over the next couple years."
(John Lannan, via Nats Insider, 9/27/2010)
14,309 announced attendance: not sure how many actually showed up, but easily 80% were Phillies fans?
Phillies 8, Nationals 0: *sigh* Roy Halladay was like a buzzsaw with a shark with laser beams on his head: 9.0 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 R, 6 K.
Death, taxes, and...for the third time in four years, the Phillies clinch the NL East against the Nationals. At least in 2008 the loss was a good thing: that year, loss 101 helped clinch this guy named Strasburg.
Monday night was awful. But we don't begrudge Phillies fans for invading Nationals Park again. And we don't begrudge Nationals fans for staying away. It may have been awful for Nationals fans and players, and embarrassing; but the chants and the taunting and the celebrating are all fair game. Monday night was a completely different animal than the embarrassment of Opening Day 2010, when the Nationals basically rolled out the red carpet for Phillies fans. We just hope the Phillies fans enjoy the free Nationals team photo. And we hope that the Lerners were watching.
We'll have the place to ourselves tonight and tomorrow night to finish up the final homestand of the season, NatsTown.
(Phillies fans celebrate the last out Monday night at Nationals Park. Picture of TV/MASN by Nationals Enquirer staff.)