Why #Natitude and the Nationals social media is embarrassingly bad
The Phillies have lived rent-free in the Washington Nationals heads ever since Bryce Harper decided to head to Philadelphia. They have booed and mocked Harper relentlessly every time the Phillies are in D.C. Harper has responded by slashing .265/.436/.490 with a .926 OPS against the Nationals as a member of the Phillies. He has 27 hits in 102 at-bats with six home runs, five doubles, and 13 RBI while scoring 19 runs. In two games this season, Harper is 4-for-8 with an RBI, a double, and a home run.
The Nationals refuse to let up, trying to best the Phillies on Twitter and other social media platforms. They have failed time and time again. You may be thinking, “But Ryan, the only people that would act like this are high schoolers that can’t get over their ex.” Hmm, what could have possibly caused the Nats to act like, say, 16-year-olds?
With that out of the way, let’s take a look at a couple cringeworthy tweets from this pubescent franchise. If any of you readers are allergic to corn, I’d advise you look away now or keep an epipen close by.
Exhibit B: “Beating Philadelphia isn’t as hard as Philadelphians say it is”
I’m sorry, but only one of those win-loss percentages is even impressive. In fact, the Phillies have been horrendous for the majority of the Nats’ existence in D.C. Nobody in 2015 was telling anybody the Phils were remotely tough to beat. The ignorance of the facts is funny on its own, but wait until you see the consequences! Since the Nationals fired out this tweet, the Phillies are 9-3 against Washington and have outscored them 75-32. Really well done on that tweet you guys.
The Phillies failed to sweep the last place Nationals yesterday afternoon thanks to one bad inning from Zach Eflin and a terrible offensive performance. The previous night however, the Phillies secured their first road series win of the season against the Nationals. It was their first three-game road series win since September 2019, which leads us into Exhibit B.
Exhibit C: “The Philly Special”
In a very close ball game Wednesday night, the Nationals took the lead after a brutal misplay by the Phillies in the outfield. Yes, Bryce Harper and Odubel Herrera screwed this play up on a routine fly ball and let down Zack Wheeler. He threw an absolute gem yet again last night, and that play nearly blew the game. However, in the ninth inning of the game, Odubel Herrera sent the game into extras with a gnarly solo jack. The Phillies were able to scrape out the 5-2 win against the Nationals in the 10th inning thanks to Rhys Hoskins, Nick Maton, and Andrew Knapp.
Wow. How’ that #Natitude workin’ out for you?
The Nationals are currently 14-19. They have lost seven of their last 10 games overall. The Phillies are 20-18 and have won seven of their last 10 games overall. Thanks to two wins on the road against the Nats, the Phillies have been able to improve on their terrible road record and improve to 7-12 on the season away from Citizens Bank Park.
Even with the loss yesterday, the Phils take the series 2-1, ensuring continued dominance of the ill-fated Nationals franchise and their social media managers. Personally, after those two Twitter Tragedies, I would consider either tweaking their content strategy or tweaking the staff because something is clearly not working online or in the standings.
Mandatory Credit: AP SPORTS