By now you're all probably aware of Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins's comments last night on the inaptly named Best Damn Sports Show Period regarding Phillies fans being "front-runners," in contrast with the fans in Ryan Howard's hometown of St. Louis, where the fans are "encouraging."
With all the uproar this has caused, I am reminded again that, for a fanbase that claims to be "tough," "demanding," and "no-nonsense," Philadelphia fans sure are a sensitive lot whenever someone says something slightly critical of them.
Maybe it's time to turn the mirror on yourself, Philadelphia.
Yes, it's your God-given right to boo. It's a free country. You bought your ticket. Show your displeasure in the most guttural, unpleasant way imaginable (well, maybe not the MOST unpleasant).
That does not mean, however, that the targets of your criticism have to like what you have to say. It's a sort of free-ish market, with 29 competitors vying for the players' services. Imagine you're a ballplayer. Somebody, somewhere, is going to pay you an obscene amount of money to play baseball. If you could play in a place where you're not going to get your balls broke every night by a bunch of jerks in the stands, and make the same amount of money doing it, why wouldn't you?
If so many players have commented on this, and so many members of the press seem to agree, maybe there's at least a small kernel of truth to it.
Heaven knows I'm not going to try to tell you not to boo. I will, however, urge you to be prepared for the consequences of your actions.