Well, it’s the first time the Nats have been decent since the first half-season there.
With the Hamels/Harper thing it might be interesting. I think they both handled it well, although if you are going to throw at someone it should be because they were acting cocky in the bigs, not because the press made a big deal about you and you acted cocky in the minors. Harper has shown nothing but hustle and hasn’t acted like a prima-donna, and I have watched everygame so far with the Nats. Stealing home was the proper response, and Hamels got hit next time up. Afterwards, Harper said Hamels pitched a great game.
Harper seems like an intense, hard-nosed player. Gotta love that kind of hustle and attitude in such a young player. I hope he has a stellar year against every other team but the Phils.
Strong division rivalries are good for the game-players and fans alike. The Phils have always had good battles with the Mets and Braves. It would be fun to extend the hard fought battles to the Nats as well.
If you ever want to be in a wild and woolly place, go to Citizens Bank Park when a big contingent of Mets fans are in the house. I’ve seen many fisticuffs in that situation. Maybe you’ve seen them over the years as well.