Archive for May 5th, 2010

Philadelphia Fans Out of Control

May 5th, 2010 by Johnny G | 16 Comments | Filed in General, MLB, Phillies, TalkSportsPhilly

Living in this area I often hear a lot of talk about how Philadelphia has the best and most passionate sports fans in the world and that the fans in general are tough on their players only because they want to win. This all may have been true in the past but after the last several weeks and the overall behavior of the Philadelphia fan base I am starting to think quite the opposite. Several weeks ago an overweight drunken fan decided to intentionally throw-up all over a young fan sitting in the next row down from him. Throughout my time as a sports fan that was by far the most repulsive thing I have ever heard taking place at a sporting event. That incident alone is enough to haunt an entire fan-base for years without the incidents that took place in the last several days.

I used to believe, like the rest of this area, that the national media and ESPN had a lot to do with why Philadelphia is largely recognized as one of the most crude, vulgar, and violent fan bases in the country, but I don’t think you can blame anyone but the fans for the reputation at this point. With the recent World Championship for the Phillies, the majority of the “fans” in attendance on a nightly basis are not there to enjoy a baseball game. It has become an event for binge drinking, fighting, and vulgarity for people who couldn’t care less about the game actually taking place on the field.

The Philly fans struck again on Monday night, as a young fan ran on to the field of play and was eventually tasered after eluding security for several minutes. There was nothing too much out of the ordinary, besides the taser, but on Tuesday night while the Phillies own Cole Hamels was in the midst of a complete game shutout with no outs in the 9th inning of a 1-0 ballgame, another fan proceeded to run onto the field again. A fan base that is so intelligent and knowledgeable has a drunken fool running around distracting the Phillies’ starting pitcher as he enters his wind-up to throw the first pitch of the ninth? Sounds pretty ridiculous to me, personally.

The fact of the matter is, this type of behavior comes with the territory of winning, to some degree, but this area has taken it to a whole different level. If you want to go somewhere to get drunk beyond comprehension and make a fool of yourself, stay in your own house. Citizens Bank Park isn’t the place for your ridiculous antics and behavior. It is a place where people are paying money to watch a team play baseball. If you want to call yourself the best fans in the country, maybe you should try acting like it.

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Crazy Philadelphia Fans

May 5th, 2010 by Schmitty | 2 Comments | Filed in General

After the last two days at Citizens Bank Park in South Philadelphia and two seperate incidents with fans running on the field I feel compelled to comment.

We are avid, crazed, passionate sports fans. We take on our teams personalities and live and die with them as if we are actually a member of the team. In a sense we are an extension of our team minus the multi million dollar paychecks. Infact it seems some fans give a damn more about winning and losing than the actually players!

I know the media will crucify the kid that ran all over the field at the Phillies game monday night then got tasered needlessly!  What’s next Kent State again?  The next night I am not sure what was more stupid, the actual act of an older guy running on the field knowing he may be taser dude number 2 or having drugs in his pocket which will carry a felony charge as opposed to a misdemeanor tresspassing!

Philadelphia sits in the middle of the East Coast megaopolis of cities crazed about their sports. North to South we have Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore and to a degree Miami.  The core crazed passionate fans reside in the Northeast for sure! I believe it is a combination of educated people, close in proximity, cold weather, egos and the Coast where this Country was founded by hard working and hard playing (drinking) people from Europe.

Like it or not, I believe Philly fans are the best!  We have something most cities can’t fake. PASSION! We are a highly charged emotional city with an attitude of I will punch you in the nose twice and the eye then ask questions. We are a highly educated group who supports our teams win or lose!