Washington Nationals star pitcher Stephen Strasburg seemed a bit sad about vocal Orioles fans during the Nationals' 8-2, 11-inning loss in Washington last night.
"Well, maybe someday it'll be different,” Strasburg, who fanned nine in seven innings but was victimized by a Nelson Cruz home run, said in a video posted by MASN. “But obviously that franchise has been a lot longer than we have. Can't really worry about it too much. Hopefully, our fans travel well after tomorrow."
It’s a pretty diplomatic answer from a player who never says much, but his face in the video tells the story. Whether it’s at the question or the fans is up for debate.
The crowd Monday seemed mostly split until the end, when the Orioles fans (and players) seemed to take over.
The Orioles do have a much longer history, as Strasburg pointed out, and Orioles fans have a habit of building up rivalries against teams that don’t care about them at all.
But it must be nice for Orioles fans, who for years left Camden Yards with egg on their face when visiting teams outnumbered them in the stands, to dish that out as well.