The Nats recorded three sellouts over the weekend. Sure, the crowds were helped by Yankees fans and people who wanted to gawk at the Yankees, but facts are facts: Seven of the 13 biggest crowds in Nats Park history have come this season.
And with the bigger crowds has come additional scrutiny. Like this piece from The Atlantic’s Steve Tuttle:
The bad news is we Washingtonians are dead last in baseball fan etiquette. I don’t know if that’s because all of this success has brought an infestation of new fans to the park who have no idea how to watch a game, or that we don’t really have a baseball tradition in this town after losing two teams, or if I’m just getting older and more get-off-my-lawny. But one thing I do know for sure: I go to about half the home games and I miss a lot of the action because people are standing up way too much during play.
Uh, that would definitely be “older and more get-off-my-lawny,” I think.
But at least Tuttle is a Washingtonian. John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman are not. And as the size of Saturday’s crowd slowly diminished during extra innings, the Yankees’ radio duo took notice.
Sterling: “Well this is a little bit of L.A., because it’s a terrific game, and slowly but surely the stands have emptied.”
Waldman: “Yeah, it’s really empty. That’s funny. They all have dinner plans, I guess. There they go marching down that road. We see them all coming in, now they’re marching the other way.”
Sterling: “It is true.”
Waldman: “I’ll bet there’s a Metro stop down there.”
Sterling: “Must be.”
Waldman: “You know, probably big Nationals fans, but it’s almost dinner time. People have priorities.”
Oh, be quiet. Seriously.
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TWEET OF THE WEEKEND I
Nick Swisher on Saturday. Yuck.
#YankeesUniverse taking over our Nation's Capital!!!Great win by the boys in blue. One more to go. Let's get it— Nick Swisher (@NickSwisher) June 16, 2012
TWEET OF THE WEEKEND II
Jason Dufner wound up saying he mis-heard the question, but this is a great pro golfer tweet.
Did Roger Maltbie ask T Woods a clown question? I just heard Tiger that's enough? Am I correct?— Jason Dufner (@JasonDufner) June 17, 2012
TWEET OF THE WEEKEND III
Ian Desmond on salad dressing. Yuck.
Big thanks to my little sister, mixing ranch and Italian dressing = best thing since sliced bread. Bam— Ian Desmond (@IanDesmond20) June 18, 2012
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Davey Johnson on Ryan Zimmerman’s struggles:
“That really concerns me. We’ve got to get Zim going. Need to get Zim in a happy place.”
PHOTO OF THE DAY
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
Orioles at Mets at 7 on MASN. Not a lot going on. Go for a run or something. All TV/Radio listings are here.
The Fab Empire has pictures of Spike Lee at Nats Park.
The Divas won 42-0, clinching their ninth division title in the last 10 years.
Ex-Redskins are not thriving elsewhere, which is nice.
Before the bad weekend, the Nats were up to No. 1 on the Yahoo power rankings.
Bryce Harper, in a tux, with Wolf Blitzer.
The coolest thing I saw on Father’s Day this year is this “18 years later” image.