The Phillies/Nationals new rivalry is a bit too manufactured

Want to hear a conspiracy theory? All through the offseason the Nationals GM Mike Rizzo started this plan to prevent Phillies’ fans from overtaking their ballpark by not letting anyone from PA buy any tickets. Seems like somebody was trying to spark a little rivalry. So last night Cole Hamels beans Bryce Harper and after the game brags about it. Has anyone ever seen that happen ever? No one ever admits to purposely hitting another player.

So here is the conspiracy theory. The Nationals have no real rival within their own division. Phillies’ fans have flocked to Washington since they opened their new stadium so who better to start the rivalry with? The Nationals have had poor attendance since opening their new stadium and haven’t really made strides in their new market. So what’s good for business? Having Nat’s GM Rizzo, the MLB, and Hamels conspire to peg Harper and then brag about it fueling the media and gaining national attention to create a bitter rivalry that didn’t really exist. Having Jayson Werth break his wrist was a bonus. It gave the Nats the opportunity to call out the Phillies who were supposedly yelling stuff at him all game. By telling the media that he is going to see to it that Phillies fans will never see another parade down Broad Street. This theory probably isn’t true, but the whole thing seemed fishy to me.

Is the Phillies/Nationals new rivalry a little too manufactured?

Want to hear a conspiracy theory? All through the offseason the Nationals GM Mike Rizzo started this plan to prevent Phillies’ fans from overtaking their ballpark by not letting anyone from PA buy any tickets. Seems like somebody was trying to spark a little rivalry. So last night Cole Hamels beans Bryce Harper and after the game brags about it. Has anyone ever seen that happen ever? No one ever admits to purposely hitting another player.

So here is the conspiracy theory. The Nationals have no real rival within their own division. Phillies’ fans have flocked to Washington since they opened their new stadium so who better to start the rivalry with? The Nationals have had poor attendance since opening their new stadium and haven’t really made strides in their new market. So what’s good for business? Having Nat’s GM Rizzo, the MLB, and Hamels conspire to peg Harper and then brag about it fueling the media and gaining national attention to create a bitter rivalry that didn’t really exist. Having Jayson Werth break his wrist was a bonus. It gave the Nats the opportunity to call out the Phillies who were supposedly yelling stuff at him all game. By telling the media that he is going to see to it that Phillies fans will never see another parade down Broad Street. This theory probably isn’t true, but the whole thing seemed fishy to me. http://www.the700level.com/baseball-philadelphia-phillies/news/The-Hamels-Rizzo-Conspiracy-Theory-Actua?blockID=704182&feedID=8972