I have read article after article, and blog after blog, complaining about the players, whining about the park, accusing the owners of being cheap, and nearly everything else imaginable. I hate whining, but I will do a little myself; I’ll whine a little bit about the lack of support given the franchise by the DC Region. Support has slowly gotten better, but there is still a long way to go before the Nationals get the support that they should have, considering this city begged for baseball for 30 years.
First, it would be nice to see more sports bar/restaurant locations actually showing the Nationals games on their sets, and not ESPN Poker, etc. EVERYTIME we go out to eat during a road game, we have to ask that the set be tuned to the Nationals game. The manager usually then comes to the table and asks, "what channel" or "are they even on TV today?" I am waiting for the day that we are asked, "who are the Nats?" We have this happen EVERYWHERE we go, and have even had it happen within a long walking distance from Nationals Park. Very Sad.
Second, it would be nice to hear the Nationals games on a better radio station. The major sports radio station, WTEM, broadcasts the Orioles games instead of the hometown Nationals. I am sure that has more to do with contracts, etc, but still embarrassing to have your hometown radio stations broadcasting the games of another city. No FM station at all. Very Sad.
Third, it would be nice to walk into a sports store and see more Nats gear than other MLB teams. This is getting better, but we are not there yet. At least those same stores are loaded with Caps gear.
Fourth, it would be really nice to see more season ticket holders….even partial game plans. Seeing only 11K at some games is embarrassing, even though we eventually bring our average to the mid 20’s. Being outnumbered by opposing team fans is REALLY embarrassing!
Finally, I will say that it has gotten much better seeing fans around DC wearing Curly W gear (mainly hats). For a while, NO ONE wore Nationals hats, shirts, etc. I have to close on a positive note, so I will say that DC Area residents have gotten much better in this area, and it is very nice to ride the train, walk the streets, and see the occasional Nats hat or Zimmy shirt….I truly see more of these now, than those of other MLB teams.
I’m sure we will not see DC transform into a Baseball Town until we make the playoffs….but it would be nice to see better overall support. Ok....I am finished with my whining now.