May 18, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) bats against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE
(ed. note - "Starting today, I'm going to be writing some features and trying to set up some interesting conversations over at the SB Nation's D.C. hub, SBNationDC. If you aren't following @SBNationDC on Twitter, you should be, there are a lot of stories about the Nats out there and hard as we try here, we can't get to them all, and the writers there do a great job of staying on top of breaking news about the Nationals. The first feature I wrote went up this morning. It's a look back at the last weekend, and the differences between this last Battle of the Beltway series and the previous meetings between the Nats and O's in the nation's capital."):
"There was no Baltimore Orioles fan invasion. They're already here. They live among us. They're living next door. They're walking the streets of Washington, D.C. in their Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken and Nick Markakis jerseys. Some of them have been here for years, decades, cheering for the closest major league team during baseball's three decade absence from the nation's capital. Not all of them abandoned their allegiance to the O's upon baseball's return to D.C. That person next to you on the Metro could be an Orioles fan. That girl or guy you're flirting with at the bar. Your co-worker. That fan in the seat next to you in Nationals Park..." READ THE FULL STORY HERE.