CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports that Nationals GM Mike Rizzo will be fined for his comments about Cole Hamels.
If you don’t remember, Rizzo said Hamels’ actions were "gutless chicken shit."
Craig Calcaterra, of NBC’s Hardball Talk, thinks that what may have gotten the GM fined, however, was when he said “you don’t know who you’re dealing with.”
– Here’s a short video from our Takeover of the nation’s capital on Sunday night.
As you can see, we were shoved off to one side of the parking lot, conveniently near where a handful of Nats fans were arriving. We booed them. All in good fun. A cop, assigned to watch over us, helped himself to some BBQ pork as we filtered into the game. The only parking lot issue happened when the overzealous attendant, a Nats employee, unplugged the DJ's audio equipment, for no apparent reason.
Once inside the game, we received little NATITUDE from those in attendance. In the ninth inning as things got out of hand (in the game), though, a few remaining Washingtonians did take issue with our group and were escorted out. Some, who came with us, were also asked to leave, but mostly to diffuse any late-game tensions.
– Of course, Internet muscles remained.
Yesterday, I received this email, presumably from a Nats fan, with the subject Fuck Philly. It reads:
Bunch of classless fucking dirtbags. I guess winning one title in 30 years is a good reason to be a classless loser?
– We get this next one from Dan Steinberg and the D.C. Sports Bog, a must-read site for this new rivalry. One of his readers found the video that the Nats filmed outside Citizens Bank Park last month.
– The Nats sent all sorts of follow-up emails to fans. One was a survey, basically asking you how much NATITUDE you have. The other, an offer for… wait for it… dollar tickets. via readers Daniel and Ronald:
“You look at Bryce Harper’s [home] debut, they had 22,000 folks. We just look at it and laugh. You can’t sell out for the ‘second coming?’” Scott summed up.
– The marketer responsible for NATITUDE responded to one of my Tweets. I don’t think he got the joke. Or maybe he did.
– Jayson Werth got the Yahoo! common noun treatment:
– Finally, it's worth mentioning this article for Fans Against Violence. It's all in good fun, people.