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Tuesday, May 08, 2012
This is the most classless thing I’ve seen since Jonathan Kozol went classless!
In Buster Olney’s blog today , he quotes Washington Post writer Adam Kilgore, who emailed with Jayson Werth. “After walking off the field feeling nauseous knowing my wrist was broke and hearing Philly fans yelling ‘You deserve it,’ and, ‘That’s what you get,’ I am motivated to get back quickly and see to it personally those people never walk down Broad Street in celebration again,” Werth wrote to Kilgore.
Look, I don’t like to criticize fans of specific teams. I think most fans are pretty much the same: You support your team when it wins and you don’t when it loses. Obviously, Philadelphia fans have a bit of a reputation. I’ve argued with friends who are Phillies fans that I was a little dismayed that fans apparently booed Ryan Howard as he lay in a crumpled heap after grounding out to end the Division Series loss to the Cardinals; they insist they were just booing the team. And maybe it was just a few bad apples yelling at Werth, and not fair to indict an entire fan base. And, yes, we’ve seen fans in ballparks across the country rip opposing players. I’ve seen Mariners fans boo A-Rod and toss dollar bills at him, years after he left Seattle. I’ve heard Yankees fans yell unmentionable things at opposing players.
But ripping a player as he leaves the field with a serious injury—a player who once helped you win a World Series!—is pretty classless. Phillies fans do a great job supporting their team. I’ve never been to a park where so many fans wore team jerseys and shirts to the game. They’ve led the NL in attendance the past two seasons and lead again. Phillies fans are passionate and care. But that wasn’t the best way to channel that passion.
for his generous support.
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