Remember Take Back the Park? Feels like a long time ago, no? That was when Nats fans were told to buy up tickets and keep Phillies fans out, and Phillies fans countered by insisting on another invasion, and there was funny signage and high passion and talk of an enduring rivalry?
“The Phillies and Nationals should be that rivalry that people get fired up about,” Nats COO Andy Feffer told me at the time.
Now it’s late July, and the Phillies are coming again. Though I’m not sure if people are fired up. Let’s read about the series on Phillies.com.
“The Phillies, meanwhile, were sellers instead of buyers at the Deadline and enter the series at Nationals Park trailing the Nats by 16 1/2 games in the National League East.”
And now let’s read about the Nationals on SI.com:
With the Rangers sputtering and the Nationals surging, Washington has finally overtaken Texas for the No. 1 spot in our Power Rankings after being second to the Rangers since late May....With Jayson Werth set to return from a broken wrist this week and Ian Desmond not long after from his oblique strain, Washington's reign as the top team in the Rankings may just be getting started.So be nice to the Phillies fans you see this weekend. It’s been a tough go for them. Heck, only six teams in all of baseball have a worse winning percentage, and only three teams are further out of first place. I guess they could try to play spoiler. That’s a fun August diversion.
But please, no rivalry talk right now. You have to be competitive to be a rival. Maybe next year.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER...
The Redskins offensive line is in shambles. It’s July 31. That ain’t good. There was also a lot of Olympics coverage.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
RGIII on running the option.
“Coach promised he’s not going to get me killed.”
PHOTO OF THE DAY
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Phillies are at the Nats at 7 on MASN2. The Orioles are at the Yankees at 7 on MASN. There are millions of Olympics events. All TV/Radio listings are here.
Dan Graziano on RGIII: “My first impression was that he looked like a rookie — a beat too slow with his decision-making in some key spots and a little bit off with throws in part as a result of that.”
Chris Cooley doesn’t seem to be a big autograph draw.
Peter King, 10 years ago: “I do know, however, that Spurrier is going to enjoy proving the NFL wrong on Wuerffel.”
Catching up with Bog favorite Devon McTavish, in retirement.
EVANDER HOLYFIELD NEWS
The Today Show interviewed Evander Holyfield as a man on the street, and didn’t realize it was Evander Holyfield.
Chompie is back in Silver Spring. Take your parents, take your kids.