A Fan’s Guide to NATITUDE Weekend

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Well, it’s finally here. Welcome to NATITUDE Weekend at Nationals Park, the first three-game set of the year against the rival Phillies. If you are planning to attend any (or all) of this weekend’s games, here’s a handy guide to help arm you with the NATITUDE you need to show the Philly fans who decided to make the trip south to Our Park that Washington is ready to turn the tide both on the field and off.

1. Knowledge is power

Stephen Strasburg was named National League Pitcher of the Month for April.

The Nationals are off to a great start to 2012, and it helps to understand just how good they’ve been so far. As any Phillies fan will tell you, pitching is all-important in building a winner. So far, the Nationals have had the best staff in the game, and by a decent margin at that. Stephen Strasburg, who is scheduled to start the series opener on Friday, just took home National League Pitcher of the Month honors for April after going 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA (4 ER/32.0 IP), striking out 34 batters while walking just six over his first five starts of the year. In fact, four of the five Nats starting pitchers – including all three slated to start in this series – have ERAs under 2.00 going into Thursday night’s game. That’s something neither Phillies starters Cole Hamels (2.78) nor Roy Halladay (3.40) can claim.

2. Understand your history

Yes, the Phillies have won five straight National League East titles. You already know this, but you will no doubt be reminded of it several times this weekend. However, were you aware that the Nationals beat Philadelphia, 10-8, in the season series in 2011, including the final five games? Before completing a four-game sweep at Citizens Bank Park in September, the Nats won their last home game over Philadelphia in an extra-inning walk-off affair. Two days before that, Ryan Zimmerman cleared the bases with two outs in the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off grand slam.

3. Speaking of walk-offs…

Ian Desmond has played the hero recently for the Nationals at home.

The Nationals enter their series finale with the Diamondbacks Thursday night with a 9-3 home record, best in the division. Four of those victories have come in walk-off style, including Wednesday’s dramatic, two-out, two-run, come-from-behind, game-winning home run off the bat of Ian Desmond. The winning run in those games has been scored by four different players (Zimmerman, Danny Espinosa, Wilson Ramos, and Desmond), so you never know who the hero might be when you come to the ballpark.

4. There’s this guy named Bryce

They may boo him, but every opposing fan will have their eyes trained on home plate when 19 year-old Bryce Harper digs in. The outfielder turned in the first three-hit game of his young career on Wednesday, and is already altering games on defense with his cannon of an arm. Make sure you’re in your seat when Harper bats – you just might witness a piece of history.

5. Root, root, root for the home team

Bring your passion and energy to Our Park to cheer for the Nats. It’s going to be a fun, rowdy environment for sure, so bring your yelling voice. But should you run into some unruly visiting fans, don’t worry about wasting it on them. Let them regale you with stories about their .500 ballclub, and about how good they used to be. You know, in the past. Just take the high road and Ignite Your NATITUDE to support the NL East-leading Nats, the most exciting young team in baseball.

See you at Our Park this weekend!

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Hopefully, we will all escape this weekend unscathed and not throw rocks at hornets’ nests again!

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

The Nationals’ first 20 games, and first 31 out of 42, will come against teams that finished last season with a losing record.

Fun fact: 17 of Phillies first 23 games came against teams with losing records last year, and they went 11-12.

Looking forward to seeing Phillies pinstripes everywhere! #takeover

Hilarious.

this is hilarious. a guide to rooting for your OWN team. pitiful. We will see if you still have NATITUDE in August. GO PHILLIES

Was this written for children?

Wow, Nats are a joke. You really need a fan guide on how to act this weekend? Fun Fact: Phillies are still a better team. It’s May Nats fans, not September. LOL Nats.

You’re welcome for helping get your stadium past half-capacity.

Yea, print this all out and read it to a Phillies fan in his face. You probably wouldn’t make it past the 2nd sentence.

This is embarassing. Plan on bringing out the real fans this weekend, are you? Don’t forget to print this out and put it on the seats of the 7 Nats fans in attendance.

you’re right philly fans. you guys have such long history of winning since 2007 and you guys never had any fans invade your place #sheawest

I’m a Phillies fan who knows baseball and realized last year that the Nats were an up-and-coming team with a lot of potential. The problem with comparing the 10-8 record to the NL East title is that each and every player in the Nats clubhouse would have preferred the NL East title over the 10-8 record over the Phils any day. In the end, it’s not about taking back a park, or Natitude, it’s about winning the World Series.

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