Phillies fans should be embarrassed that their house was taken over

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: A young fan waits for former New York Yankees great, Derek Jeter before a pregame ceremony honoring Jeter and retiring his number 2 at Yankee Stadium on May 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: A young fan waits for former New York Yankees great, Derek Jeter before a pregame ceremony honoring Jeter and retiring his number 2 at Yankee Stadium on May 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /
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Phillies fans need to protect their house

For years the Phillies invaded Nationals Park in Washington D.C. and turned the park into Citizens Bank Park South. It got so bad that the Nationals prevented fans from the Philadelphia area from buying tickets and instituted the “Natitude” slogan. Monday night, they got to feel what Nationals fans felt to see their ballpark, their house filled with opposing fans.

It was a packed house with 44,136 in attendance, the largest crowd since 2013.

With the Phillies going through a major rebuild, attendance has been down, as expected. Last year Citizens Bank Park drew in 1,905,354 fans, 13th out of 15 National League teams. Philadelphia finished with the third-worst record in baseball, so asking fans to sit through bad baseball and spend hundreds of dollars on tickets, food, and merchandise isn’t going to happen.

Despite being a handful of games out of the division lead and in the hunt for a wild card spot, the Phillies are 12th in the National League for attendance.

With this team in a playoff race, there’s no reason attendance should be this low. The weather has warmed up, tickets are still reasonable, and despite the bullpen troubles the team is playing well over .500 baseball.

There shouldn’t be “Lets go Yankees” chants that echo through South Philadelphia and cheers when Aaron Judge singles. Fans and players should be embarrassed to see their house overrun by New York, and it’s time something should be done about it in the midst of a three game series.

Everyone took notice, from the beat writers to the fans at home and on social media.

Step up Philadelphia and don’t be a national embarrassment, again.

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