WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – In light of the tragic events at the Navy Yard, a grassroots movement for Washington Nationals fans to wear Navy colors – blue and gold – to Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves is gaining momentum.
The Nats, now just five games back of the Cincinnati Reds for the final Wild Card spot in the National League with 13 games to play, postponed Monday’s game in the wake of the deadly shootings.
Since then, fans have taken it upon themselves to show support for the victims by spreading the message on Twitter for everyone attending Tuesday’s games to wear blue and gold.
One of the earlier tweets Monday mentioning the campaign received 20 retweets.
Another call for action caught the attention of Bryce Harper and MASN color analyst F.P. Santangelo, along with a cluster of beat writers, all of whom helped push the message to 108 retweets as of 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Santangelo gave Nats fans a preview of his own doubleheader attire, which supports the movement.
While no formal acknowledgement has been made by the Nationals organization to encourage fans to wear U.S. Navy colors – a request for comment has gone unreturned by the team – the Nationals did announce players will wear patriotic blue jerseys for the first half of the doubleheader.
Rumor has it, if you're going to the #Nats game tomorrow, you should wear blue and gold (Navy colors) - pass it on?—
Tori (@Toribelle4) September 17, 2013
@FightinHydrant FP. Help me get fans to wear blue and gold tomorrow Navy colors.—
Ted (@tednw67) September 16, 2013
F.P. Santangelo (@FightinHydrant) September 17, 2013
Also, the Nats will hold a moment of silence prior to the start of both games to remember the 12 victims of the tragedy.
In accordance with the orders of President Barrack Obama, flags at Nationals Park will fly at half-staff from Tuesday through sunset on Friday.
You get the feeling that, between the push from players and fans, no matter which team you go to see at Nats Park on Tuesday, you will notice a lot of the same colors.
Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) September 17, 2013