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Washington Nationals Desperate To Keep Phillies Fans Away

It's become a tradition for Phillies fans to make Nationals Park into Citizens Bank South when the teams play in Washington. The Nationals "fanbase" stays away and Phillies fans fill the Park. This has made the poor Nats management sad...

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"Frankly, I was tired of seeing it," Nats COO Andy Feffer told me this week. "Forget you, Philly. This is our park, this is our town, these are our fans, and it’s our time right now."

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"We’ve heard it enough, we’ve seen it enough, and I don’t like it any more than anyone else," Feffer said. "We’re trying to build a team here, and nothing irks me personally or the people here more than to see another team’s fans — particularly Philly fans — in our ballpark, holding up signs. That’s not the way it should be. And I think we’ve got an opportunity here to do something different."

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In an attempt to combat the Phillies fans who descend upon Citizen's Bank South, the Nationals are only selling tickets to the weekend series between the two teams in May to people with credit cards tied to DC area addresses. This policy will only be in effect for one month.

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The Nats COO can whine and cry all he wants about Phillies fans. But you can't force people to care about your baseball team. And Andy... let's be honest. When the Nats and Phillies play, it's our park. I suspect your embarrassing "Take Back the Park" campaign won't change that too much. It should be interesting to see how many Nats "fans" buy tickets and the re-sell them to a Phillies fan.

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The funniest part is how the Nationals want to be taken seriously as a big team, but to do so, pull a small team stunt.

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