By some happy coincidence, seminal figures in the Nats, Caps and Redskins organizations have all argued that their team boasts the best fan base in their sport over the past week. I mean, it’s amazing how lucky we are to be in this market. And how despite that luckiness, I can’t get my damn page view count any higher. Maybe if I did something besides copy edit the Nats signage all day it would help.
Bruce Boudreau, on Fan Appreciation Night video: “Thank you Caps fans for being with us and supporting us every day. We truly have the best fans in sports. Keep rocking the red, and we’ll unleash the fury.”
Mike Rizzo, on Opening Day: “I just want to thank all the fans of Washington, D.C;, the best fan base in all of baseball, and welcome you to the 2011 version of the Washington Nationals. We’re looking for an exciting, energetic ballclub for you, and a successful season, and let’s Play Ball. Go Nats!”
Joe Gibbs, on Redskins Nation: “Every time I come to Washington, Pat and I always talk about the fact of the people that live here, the fans. There’s no other fan like the Washington fan. I believe that. And we go to some stadiums in the country, when there was bad weather, and maybe 20 percent of them don’t show up. They all show up with Washington. And I think our fan base here is just exceptional.”
No word on who gets stuck trying to argue that the Wizards have the best fans in the NBA.