Baseball Crank
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September 29, 2003
BASEBALL: Phanatacism

Tom of Phillies blog Shallow Center defends the meanness and negativity for which Philadelphia fans are famous:

We should be applauded, not denigrated, for demanding better of our teams. The Red Sox and the Cubs may be lovable losers, but they're still losers. Boston and Chicago deserve better, but they're too wussy to realize it. We in Philadelphia know we deserve better. That's why we boo when Pat Burrell fans, again, on a pitch about six feet outside, or when the Eagles, in their new, publicly financed stadium, look as adept as a peewee football team tripping through its first scrimmage.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 6:00 AM | Baseball 2002-03 | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

i love this kind of thing. the philly "fan" takes his drunken malignant sociopathic attitude and makes it a VIRTUE. yeah, we had a magistrate hold misdemeanor court in the old Vet but it was a GOOD THING. it demonstrated philadelphians' commitment to law and justice after all.

the O! so knowledgeable philly fans "demand better" of their teams. gotcha. so please explain, Tom of Philly: why did you punks boo the best third baseman, ever -- the venerable Mike Schmidt, Esq. -- on the day the franchise honored his entry into the Hall of Fame?

my own take is a bit different from Tom's. it is this: philly fans are a gooey undisguiseable herpes sore on the face of professional sports

Posted by: Flem Snopes at September 29, 2003 10:59 AM

Shallow Center is one of my favorites, but I really can't agree with the point he's making. Booing Jose Mesa before he even throws a pitch isn't exactly productive, and the treatment of Scott Rolen when he was in town recently was shameful and frankly, embarrasing.

It must be added, though, that fans in Boston and NYC are only marginally better, if at all. Ted Williams swas routinely booed in Boston, and I'm not sure I'd want to try to make the case that it was all his fault.

Posted by: John Salmon at September 29, 2003 2:27 PM

Thanks for the shout-out, Crank, and for the responses, Flem and John. I must admit, no one has ever pointed out my "drunken malignant sociopathic attitude" before; usually people just ask if I need a second cup of coffee. Anyway, for my thoughts on your thoughts, please see Happy reading, Tom

Posted by: Tom/Shallow Center at September 29, 2003 9:57 PM

come on, bro. that's not cutting no ice. you all boo because "you want to win so BAD?" please. you boo because your fanbase is infected with drunken sociopaths as aforesaid. this is exactly why you have to parse such a fine line between illegal, as opposed to merely dunderheaded, behavior.

i can't believe you're just going to try to shrug off what your boyeez did to schmidt with a mere "he should have been treated better." oh yes. yes, he should have received better. see he was not only the best your franchise had to offer...he was the best in the GAME. he wanted to win real bad too.

yet you booed him. lustily. this cannabilistic tendency is unmatched anywhere, in my experience. new york crowds have nothing on you titans, it's not even close.

the more interesting question whether philly style cannabalism is to be preferred over mass indifference of, say, a Tampa Bay Devil Rays nature. they don't boo down at the Juicer, nor do they show up. they do nothing. i'd have to think about that. indifference, or poison. hmmm

Posted by: Flem Snopes at September 30, 2003 10:07 PM
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