WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Drawing nearly 150,000 in attendance, Washington certainly wasn’t at a shortage of baseball fans for the four games played at Nats Park throughout the Memorial Day Weekend.
But while the stands were packed – as the Nats took two of three from the Phillies, before dropping the first of two at home to the Orioles – this budding young fan base left a little to be desired in the way of enthusiasm, as it continues to familiarize itself with the game of baseball.
“I think there are times when we’re sitting up in the booth saying, ‘Everybody get up! Get up!’ most notably in the Strasburg game on Sunday,” Nats play-by-play announcer Bob Carpenter told the Junkies Tuesday.
“I mean, there were times when Stephen had two outs in the inning – you know, sixth inning was a double play, so that was a one-out situation – but in the seventh inning he struck out the first two guys, and then when Laynce Nix came up to bat, everybody was just sitting on their hands.”
“And then with one strike, a few people started clapping,” Carpernter continued. “Two strikes, some more people started clapping, and maybe by the time that at-bat ended, a couple hundred people were standing. There should have been thirty thousand people standing.”
No one’s breaking any news by saying D.C. sports fans aren’t as understanding of the intricacies of the game as say a Boston, or a New York crowd. The nation’s capital was robbed of the entire sport for more than three decades.
“We have some fans who are still learning this game,” he said. “I mean, this franchise is in its ninth year, and we still have a lot of new people coming to the ballpark who haven’t been there that much before.”
As Carp pointed out, Washington has jumped ahead of the Chicago Cubs in attendance, drawing, on average, more than 33,300 fans a game. Now they just need to be “a little more aware of certain situations,” as he put it.