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Oh, and by the way, it’s only May.

Igniting the Natitude

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray struck a giddy, sartorial tone this week ahead of the Washington Nationals’ big three-game set against the Philadelphia Phillies, a rival whose fans make the trek down Interstate 95 each year to pack the ballpark in Southeast.

“We have a good team this year, and there may be other people out there who root for other teams — I’m sorry, move to that city,” the mayor quipped.

The Nationals, whose supporters in the past were overmatched by boorish Phillies fans, rechristened Nationals Park for the weekend as “Natitude Park” in a campaign to emphasize the team’s local support.

Mr. Gray encouraged everyone in the District to wear something red on Friday — nevermind the fact it is the predominant Phillies hue, too. And he notably committed his deputy mayor for public safety and justice, Paul Quander, to the effort.

“Deputy Mayor Quander said he’ll wear his red suit to work,” Mr. Gray said, to raucous laughter at the news briefing. “He didn’t deny it, did he? That’s right.”

Mr. Gray says his clothing edict is steeped in precedent. When Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley was the mayor of Baltimore, he attended a meeting in the District decked out in a purple jacket to support the Ravens’ run in the NFL playoffs.

“I give him nothing but kudos for supporting his team,” the mayor said.

David Hill, David Sherfinski and Tom Howell Jr. contributed to this report.