Aug 28, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT
The Nationals have enjoyed one of the biggest attendance increases in baseball this season, but that support has begun to wane at the tail end of a disappointing summer.
Tuesday night’s homestand opener against the Marlins drew a paid crowd of only 24,616, the third-smallest crowd of the season at Nationals Park and the smallest since the second week of April.
The empty stands didn’t go unnoticed by Bryce Harper, who on Wednesday was critical of local sports fans for apparently shifting their attention away from the Nationals and toward the start of Redskins season.
“I think it’s tired, I really do,” Harper said in a televised interview with Comcast SportsNet. “Just ’cause football season’s coming up, we’re still in it. I think having support is hopefully going to help us in this last month. I think fans know that guys feed off the crowd. They’ve got a whole winter to watch RG3. I think we’re all looking forward to that. But we could possibly get into the playoffs and go farther from there.”
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