You want your favorite baseball team to have an edge about them right? A swagger? A sense that they’ll go into opposing stadiums, beat that team senseless, and move onto the next. Over the past decade only three teams have won more games than the Washington Nationals. Allegedly, baseball fans don’t hate them for it.
In a recently released report of “most hated baseball team in the United States“, not one state’s fans agreed on hating the Nationals. Not one.
Baseball fans hate winners who aren’t their own, right? I hate the Atlanta Braves. From 1991-2005 they won their respective division every year (except 1994, the Montreal Expos won that year), and they told you about it. Much like other fans, I hate the New York Yankees. Yes, they win, but it’s how they win that irritates me. Buying up all the free agents. I hate the Los Angeles Dodgers, and apparently, a lot of baseball fans do to. More states despise Dodger Blue than any other team.
I hate most teams though. The Miami Marlins. Hate ’em. That dates back to my Expos days as well. The Lovable Losers, I hate them. The Cubs play with a chip on their shoulder, or they did prior to winning the World Series. For that reason I hate them. I wasn’t a Kyle Schwarber fan until he joined the Nationals.
Surprisingly, not fans from one state band together to hate the Washington Nationals.
Washington has been a winner. Washington has spent big money on free agents, or at least they had one of the top 10 payrolls for a long stretch of time. Why don’t more people hate the Nationals?
Have the Nationals lost they panache since Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer left town? People hated Bryce when he was a flamboyant, helmet knocking off as he rounded first base, hair blowing in the wind, cocky ballplayer. He’s more reserved now, and plays in Philadelphia. What about Scherzer, grunting as he wields high heat. Pitching with a black eye, after breaking his nose. That’s arrogance. People don’t hate that?
What about the Baby Shark craze? Isn’t that annoying, enough for opposing fans to hate a team. Coming into Nationals Park, having the whole place go wild, clapping their hands as if they are 30,000 individual sharks chomping at the bit. All for a .237 hitter. That would irritate me.
I guess the Nationals fly below the radar on hate. They are a big market team, with little national exposure I guess. Easy to hate the teams from New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, those are huge media outlets. Their teams are all over the news and all over ESPN.
For what it is worth I guess, maybe it is a good thing nobody hates the Nationals.