“If the infidels are gonna be there anyhow, you might as well make money off them in your official team store.” So mused a half serious Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog upon noticing the Nationals took it upon themselves to flog Red Sox merchandise in their team shop during this week’s influx of Massholes. Said initiative comes shortly on the heels of Steinberg calling Nats president Stan Kasten out for his crass attempts at target marketing — to Phillies phans.
All of the above issues pale in comparison to the franchise’s on-field woes, but can you possibly imagine, for instance, the Red Sox returning the favor? Or the Phillies openly inviting fans of a division rival to fill their ballpark? I’m sure every penny counts in DC, but even a 20-48 team deserves some smidgeon of a home field advantage.