I have always been one of those guys that believes in respect. I don't have any problem going to a game and enjoying myself and letting opposing fans enjoy their night out. I am not naive enough to expect that from others, but I do expect some decency...except as it relates to Philly fan. Philadelphia is another story entirely. Year after year, I am always impressed to see the new lows that Philly fans will stoop to. And no one is immune to it. Whether you are the opponant or a hometown player in a slump. You get it from the minute you enter to the time you leave. This past Friday when the Phillies hosted the Mets, they showed their true colors once again when the Mets Jose Reyes appeared to be injured after a collision with Phillies Chase Utley. They were of course screaming for encores, raising the ire or former Phillies and current Mets pitcher Billy Wagner. After the game, Wagner said "this is about the only place I've ever seen somebody get cheered when they get hurt... They boo Santa Claus. What's it tell you? They've taken it to a whole new level when you're cheering for somebody to be hurt." Thanks Billy. I had forgotten about the Santa part. It just adds to my take.
Philly fans have serious issues. And its not just the baseballers...its every sport. The same knucklehead fans show up for Eagles games, Flyers games and Sixer games too. They have shamed most of the good and decent fans of Philly to the point they don't want to even show up for games. The only game played in Philadelphia that is immune is the annual Army/Navy game, and thats because the the Corps and the Middies show up in force. If not for the huge military prescence in the stands, no doubt Philly fan would be lobbing beer bottles on the pushup guys, rolling out pro-Bin Laden cheers as they swipe the mule and goat on the way out of the stadium. Philadelphia is a great sports town, but the whacked out fans are an absolutely embarrasment. They are puss-filled sore on the cheek of American sports.