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Stan Kasten Encourages Phillies Fans To Support Their Team In DC
Published April 8, 2009
|Kasten Says Philly Is Washington's Best,
Closest National League Rival
HOME AWAY FROM HOME: In DC, Dan Steinberg wrote Kasten "turned the segment into an advertisement" for next week's series, and if you are representing DC sports, "you can't -- cannot -- open your arms wide in a fuzzy embrace of visiting Philly fans." DC sports fans "don't want anything approaching hostile conditions for visiting fans," but they "don't want their faces rubbed in these visiting invasions, either." The fans "don't want to be shamed." However, Steinberg noted there was "one moment of sanity" when Kasten said the "exact right thing." When Mac and Hayes were discussing what visiting fans could expect, Kasten said, "First of all, the aggravating thing for me is the last few years, the Philly games, it feels like a damn Philly home game" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 4/7). YAHOO SPORTS' Kevin Kaduk wrote one of the "dirty little secrets in baseball is that sometimes fans with struggling attendance secretly reach out to neighboring teams with larger followings to help boost their turnstile count." But there are "quiet ways to do this," and Kasten's interview "isn't one of them." Having one of the Nationals' "most visible employees publicly court a rival seems about the quickest way to depress and discourage your existing fanbase" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 4/7).