Nationals Manager Dusty Baker and Orioles Manager Buck Showalter chat before a game in Baltimore last August. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
While many sports fans in the D.C.-Baltimore region will be focused on Game 6 of the Capitals-Penguins series on Monday, the Nationals and Orioles will open their annual home-and-home, four-game set at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Washington and Baltimore sports fans may be united in their affinity for the Capitals (and Wizards), but their baseball loyalties are mostly divided. (Sure, there are people who consider the Nationals their National League team and the Orioles their American League team, but I’m told those people are monsters and should just pick a side already.)
Anyway, in a 45-second promo spot that will air through Thursday, 106.7 The Fan, the flagship home of the Nationals, throws some serious shade at Baltimore without even mentioning Peter Angelos or MASN. Here’s the amusing transcript:
This week two of the hottest teams in baseball meet in the Beltway Series. First, the Nats travel to Baltimore to face Manny Machado and the Orioles. Side note: Natty Boh is brewed in Georgia, and 50 percent of crabs served in Maryland are actually from Japan.
Then, Baltimore brings its massive inferiority complex to D.C., a city with more jobs, a lower crime rate and a better baseball team. Hear it all on your flagship home of the Washington Nationals, Sports Radio 106.7 The Fan.
Now, this is a silly radio promo poking fun at Baltimore, so some liberties were taken with the facts about Charm City. It’s true that Natty Boh hasn’t been brewed in Baltimore since 1996 and it’s no longer available at Camden Yards, and a good deal of crab advertised as local blue crab is actually imported.
As for the “better baseball team” claim, the Nationals (21-10) and Orioles (20-10) can decide that on the field this week. The Orioles lead the all-time series against the Nationals 36-24. Baltimore has won the season series in each of the last five years and owns a 17-7 record against Washington during that span.
The “Beltway Series” moves down the parkway to Nationals Park on Wednesday, which could be a huge night for D.C. sports. Game 5 of the Wizards-Celtics second-round series tips off at 8 p.m. and the Capitals could be hosting Game 7 at Verizon Center at the same time. (No jinx.)