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Orioles launch D.C. invasion with billboard near Nationals Park

Have you heard?! Have you heard?! There’s a billboard promoting Orioles tickets near the D.C.-Maryland border and it’s rubbing some Nationals fans the wrong way.

Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier spent a segment discussing the billboard, which is located seven miles from Nationals Park, yesterday on 106.7 The Fan. On the LaVar and Dukes Show, Chad Dukes conceded that the billboard makes good business sense before going on a rant against the Orioles and their D.C.-based fans.

“If you’re from Baltimore, fine, I don’t care, root for them until your lungs turn orange,” he said. “It doesn’t make no nevermind to me.”

LaVar then interrupted to ask about fans who live outside of Baltimore but still root for the Orioles because there was no team in the District. Fans like me. I grew up a Redskins and Orioles fan while living in Cheverly and Arlington. I still root for the Orioles. I also root for the Nationals. I don’t root for the Ravens, despite John Harbaugh’s best efforts. Direct your ire here.

Back to Dukes:

“That’s fine, you have a team now. My family has a lot of family in Illinois. I was a Cubs fan because we didn’t have a team. I still check in on them. I like to see them. I went to see them in spring training this year. I am a Nationals fan, because now we finally have a team, and I’m going to support that team because it was a long, arduous process, and many failed attempts, to make it happen. You’re spitting in the face of your own market here, so as a fan, this irritates the hell out of me. And it irritates the hell out of me when I tune into our midday show, and I hear people calling in saying, ‘Well, I’m from Reston, should I just turn my back on my team?’ They’re not your team. They’re Baltimore’s team. They’re not yours. They’re Baltimore, Maryland’s team.

“Our team is the Washington Nationals. And I don’t like this billboard. And if I had my druthers, the Nationals would go on the other side of the billboard and slap a big fat W, and say, ‘We won our division a couple years back, we’ve got more superstars, we’ve got a newer stadium, we’ve got better food, we don’t think Natty Boh is worth drinking. All of the things that make this area better than that area, of which there are a plethora, I would emphasize.”

That sounds like one amazing billboard, though I’d dispute the ‘better food’ and Natty Boh points. What about something simpler? #Billboarditude (h/t @ngreenberg).


For more hot takes on the hottest billboard in town, see here and here.

Scott Allen writes about all things D.C. sports. Follow him on Twitter @ScottSAllen or e-mail him if you’ve got a tip to share.



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Scott Allen · April 16, 2014