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Nats Set a (Non)Attendance Record

Metro reported a "typical" rush hour last night. Typical. (Nikki Kahn - TWP)

I can say for sure that I've been burned too many times by anti-bandwagon behavior to start that again. I though the Wiz were done at 0-5; they're now fighting for home-court advantage in the playoffs. I thought the Caps were done at Thanksgiving; they won their division. Heck, I counted the AU Eagles out, and they nearly toppled Tennessee. So I'm not gonna fuss at the Nats for losing five straight, or even for not attracting fans, because every excuse proffered about last night is true: they were playing the Nats Marlins, the weather was crud, D.C. viewers were naturally drawn to Memphis-Kansas, not to mention the large number of folks who no doubt were staying at home to catch the replay of Washington Post Live at 11 or infomercials or something.

But still, you don't want to get in the habit of setting (non)Attendance records, as the Nats evidently did last night (for second-game-in-new-stadium crowd), according to Capital Punishment.

If you want, feel free to attempt to rank, in attendance and passion, how these four upcoming games will fare:

A) Wednesday night, Nats vs. Marlins
B) Wednesday night, Wizards vs. Celtics
C) Wednesday night, D.C. United vs. Pachuca
D) Friday night, Caps vs. Flyers

Highlights from the aftermath of yesterday evening:

Why I Hate D.C. already has the Nats leaving town: "Let's be perfectly honest. Baseball in DC is going to fail. My best guess is that the Nationals move to Portland or Vegas by 2028. Actually, 2028 seems optimistic. I know the Nationals aren't exactly a great team. And I know that the Marlins are going to be absolutely dreadful....But to fail to reach 50% of capacity in the second game ever in Nationals Park is astonishing."

Big League Stew takes another shot at D.C. as a sports town, writing that "this is going in Washington's permanent file on how it's not that great of a sports town. Second game? New Stadium? Yeah, you guys gotta show."

The AP's summary of the glitches and crowd problems included this: "The pitch speed meter that showed Nationals right-hander Tim Redding striking out Hanley Ramirez on a 58 mph fastball."

East Coast Bias also has the Nats gone from these parts soon: "I never imagined it would be THIS bad....Everyone thinks I'm exaggerating when I give the Nationals a ten year run in Washington, but so far they haven't proven me wrong."

Thom Loverro is a bit more measured, writing that "there is only so much sports buzz to go around in this town. After dropping four straight, including a sweep by the Cardinals in St. Louis, the Nationals came back home to find the town buzzing about the Caps making the playoffs and sharing what buzz was left with the Wizards approaching the NBA playoffs."

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 8, 2008; 4:21 PM ET
Categories:  Nats  
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