The headline is a bit overblown, I’ll admit, but the blowback from the Nats’ “Take Back the Park” campaign is annoying. So, a few points for those who attempt to ridicule the Nats for having worse fans than the Phillies:
1. The Phillies have had 120-plus years to build their shitty little fanbase.
2. The Phillies have been a winning team for the past nine seasons. As a general rule, winning teams have more support than losing teams.
3. Bad Phillies teams actually drew less fans than bad Nats teams.
To that last point, the Nats have existed in Washington for seven seasons and have yet to field a winning team. They’ve averaged 26,000 fans/game. The last time the Phillies went seven years without a winner was 1994-2000, and they averaged 24,000.
Meaning, I wish we had a reason to invade Philly in the ’90s, if we were that obnoxious and it was actually a city worth visiting.