There are sooo many enticing storylines to consider before tonight’s Game 3 of the World Series. Cole Hamels’ recent struggles. Charlie Manuel’s alleged diss of Andy Pettitte. A-Rod’s interior decorating. But leave it to the New York Post to come up with the most intriguing talking point of the weekend — former Yankee David Wells’ low opinion of Philly fans. “The people in that town would give The Finger to their own mom,” argues Boomer (above), “It™s not Brotherly Love in that town ” it™s Brotherly Hate.”
When I was in Philadelphia earlier this postseason with Cal Ripken Jr., Dennis Eckersley and Ernie Johnson for TBS, we got booed. We were just doing our show out in center field and people were walking by saying œYou fat piece of [bleep]. . . . Tell Cal he™s gay. . . . Ernie Johnson sucks.”
I™m like, œWho the hell are these people? We™ve got no part of baseball.
We™re doing the game and TBS stuff and these Phillies fans are just f-bombing us to death.
They are angry people. It™s going to be tough, because they are very vocal, foul and can maybe cause havoc on some of the younger guys, but I don™t think they will give the Yankees any problem. The only problem will be for these Phillies fans, when they lose. The Yankees will shut them up.
I put Philadelphia, Cleveland and Oakland atop my list for the worst fans in baseball, with Philadelphia No. 1.
Curiously, rather than cite any examples of CBP being a hostile environment for visiting teams, Wells makes it very clear it’s a very tough place to broadcast. Would it be out of place to suggest Philadelphians are not necessarily terrible baseball fans, but rather, have a very low tolerance level for poor analysis?