Philly fans plan another Nats Park invasion
* Phillies fans are planning another invasion, scheduled for July 31. From Phillies Nation:
We did it already on Opening Day - turned Nationals Park into Citizens Bank South - and we're doing it again on Saturday, July 31. Join us as the Phillies take on the Washington Nationals for a summer-night's game in our nation's capital.
Of course, you yourself could buy a ticket for $82 from Phillies Nation, and enjoy the seat, the tailgate party, the giveaways, the agony of sitting amongst Philly fans, and the joy of ruining their smug takeover.
(Via Nationals Inquisition)
* There seems to have bee a softening of the market for Strasburg June 8 tickets. At some point this week, the entry point was North of $50, but when I checked Thursday night, there were more than 60 listed tickets on StubHub for less than $40. Anecdotal evidence supports this softening, and there are still more than 10 percent of the stadium's tickets for sale on the secondary market. So, do the numbers climb again, or are we on the way down?
* Mike Holden suggests this balm for the fans who shelled out Strasburg dollars for June 4: a Teddy Roosevelt win. Not a bad idea. The much-discussed plan to have Teddy win on Strasburg's debut is too gimmicky, and would look ridiculous if he gets shelled. But to do it on the fake day? Give people something to remember, anyhow.
* Here's the Yakety Sax version of Cristian Guzman's game changing error in right field from Thursday afternoon.
* Former Washington Times sports copy editor Steve Repsher coined "Clip and Save" quite recently, to refer to Tyler Clippard and Matt Capps's late-inning work. It went mainstream almost immediately, and has now birthed a 10,000-shirt giveaway at Nats Park later this month. Image via Nats News Network.
* In case you somehow missed it, the Nationals Enquirer collection of ill-fated Ray Knight telestrator sketches is simply incredible.
* Former CIA official Paul Pillar says this about the director of national intelligence potentially giving up daily Presidential briefing duties:
"If you wanted to single out the one thing that could clear the DNI's attention so he could focus on strategic missions, that would be it, but if he did that he would be described as having been zorned, having taken away his play-calling ability."
* Via Alex Ovetjkin, evidence of the amazing Alex Ovechkin Reebok billboards in Moscow. If John Wall indeed signs with Reebok (he's visiting this week), that would be quite a D.C. tandem.
* And Freddy Adu celebrated his 21st birthday at Josephine; D.C. Fab has photos.
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