Zach Ertz taunts D.C. about stadium takeovers

Brian Tinsman
April 02, 2019 - 10:55 pm

The Washington Nationals haven't been a punchline in years, but they're off to a scary start in 2019.

The team was a Trea Turner home run away from being swept in the opening series vs. the New York Mets.

Turner's finger was injured by a pitch on Tuesday night and he could miss time.

Despite striking out Bryce Harper in each of his first two at-bats, Max Scherzer lasted just five innings and got tagged for seven hits.

The Nats haven't won either of his first two starts, thanks in large part to a bullpen with an ERA 

And now, the Philadelphia Phillies have predictably added insult to injury.

Phillies fans packed the stadium at Nats Park, but were largely drowned out by an angry Nats crowd, eager to let Bryce Harper hear it. Announced attendance was more than 35,000 fans.

But as the Phillies pulled ahead and Nats fans left early, Phillies fans took over:

After Harper's fifth at-bat, when he blasted a 458-foot home run for his third-straight hit, Phillies fans started chanting "We've got Harper," which could be heard clearly on the Nats' radio broadcast on 106.7 The Fan.

This caught the attention of other Philadelphians, including Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, he had to bring up the Week 17 Redskins' debacle at FedExField:

For those who have repressed the memory, Eagles fans showed up and painted the stadium green, with some estimates suggesting that 75 percent of fans in attendance were cheering for Philly.

This is a bad trend for D.C. sports, especially since the Nats are built to contend in 2019. If they can't generate fan interest early in the season, this could be a long campaign at Nats Park.


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