The Washington Nationals are sick of Phillies fans buying all the tickets when the Phils play in D.C. - and are trying to block them from going to games.
How extreme is the new hatred for the cash that comes into the National's tills from Philadelphia?
The Washington Post says starting today, if you try to buy single-game tickets for the Phillies series in Washington in early May, y ou must pay with a credit card that is linked to an address in the District Of Columbia, Virginia or Maryland.
So no Phillies fans allowed - for at least the first month those tickets are on sale. Unless you are a Phillies' fan who lives near the Nationals' stadium.
“Frankly, I was tired of seeing it,” Nats COO Andy Feffer told the Post this week. “Forget you, Philly. This is our park, this is our town, these are our fans, and it’s our time right now.”
“Nothing irks me personally or the people here more than to see another team’s fans — particularly Philly fans — in our ballpark, holding up signs," Feffer told the newspaper. "That’s not the way it should be. And I think we’ve got an opportunity here to do something different.”
The team has a special Web site set up to make sure locals - and not those dastardly Phillies fan - spend money to see the Nationals play.
To get the tickets, shoppers must be 18 years of age or older and must be a resident of Washington, D.C., Virginia or Maryland.
Feffer also touted the "huge fan base" for the Nationals.
In fact, if the team has a huge fan base, it must be at Camden Yards or the Mall, since they aren't paying to see the Nationals play baseball.
The Nationals were 21st in attendance in baseball last season, drawing 1.9 million fans. source