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Aside from the winning and entertaining team, the Nats broke through the city's entertainment consciousness this year. People in Washington have a lot of options for spending their entertainment dollar and they found the Nats to be be one of the better options. Lots of people I know visited the park for the first time this year and they said they would be going back.
I count myself among that group and have brought 10 along with me!
And you had sex with most of them, yes?
But my Lego building skills are far superior to yours.
All due respect Copecwby20, but I think this is for the win.
St. Louis is definitely a city where people tend to stay. When you just meet someone the popular saying in st. Louis is, where did you go to high school. That's just how we identify what part of St. Louis you're from. Once you get out of the city the suburbs are actually really nice. We also draw from quite a few states, Iowa, southern Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas. The only team i can think about that is around these states are the braves. Unlike the east coast, the cardinals actually have a pretty big following on the west coast. Didn't see many Cards fans at the games in Washington. But it is hard with the Nationals red and red towels. Which actually looked neat on TV, wish the cards would do red towels.
I was surprised too. Cardinals supporters used to turn out pretty heavily in RFK days and on into the first season or two at Nats Park - not as heavily as Mets or Cubs supporters at that time, but enough that if one was in the loo or on a beer queue and a roar went up from the crowd, one couldn't tell whether it was a good play by the Nats or the Cards.
of course, the Cards were the furthest west and furthest south team until the Dodgers and Giants moved. KMOX had that incredible signal that covered the country. I have a friend who followed the Cards in Vermont. They are one of the great national franchises. I'd probably put them and the the Dodgers as the top names in the NL. More than the Cubs. The Cubs are more a local phenomenon in a huge local market, I think. About the longest gap they've gone without winning a World Series was from the Herzog team to 2006 - a bit over 20 years.
Shirley you jest.
Desi wants to know what it will take to sell out every game, I suggested the Redskins method, removing 15,000 seats.
That crap looks awful.
Watched a bit of the game the other day and it looks like some giant took a bite out of the upperdeck.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dc-sports-bog/wp/2012/10/16/ian-desmond-ponders-the-future-of-baseball-in-d-c/Ian Desmond discussing the future of the Nationals fanbase. Interesting.Consensus: Don't lose and you'll get more fans
His point was to, yes, win, but if/when the area around the park is developed more people will come to the game as part of an entire evening of entertainment. Seems logical to me.
It doesn't help that they are taking a long ass time to build stuff in those lots on south capital street.
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