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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Sean Rodríguez calls Phillies fans ‘entitled’

Phillies utilityman Sean Rodríguez wasn’t performing so well for the Phillies entering Monday night’s series opener at home against the Pirates. He had a meager .659 OPS for the season and was 1-for-19 in August. However, he played the hero, belting a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the 11th inning.

While it was a feel-good moment for Rodríguez, he couldn’t let go of the criticism he and slumping first baseman Rhys Hoskins in particular were hearing from Phillies fans. Many wondered why the team was letting him occupy a roster spot. Hoskins, batting just .164 with a .336 slugging percentage since the All-Star break, was regularly getting booed, especially after popping up with the bases loaded in the ninth inning.

For his own struggles, Rodríguez explained that players like him tend to face the opposing team’s best relievers, and said it’s tough to stay sharp with limited at-bats. He said, via Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia, “I’m just defending that position, not me as a player, per se. I think that’s the misconception a lot of people make. ‘Well, you can’t struggle. You can’t go that bad.’ Every hitter does it. The only difference is when someone is playing every day, there’s a chance that they’re going to sneak a hit here and there.”

Regarding the fans, Rodríguez said, “Who’s looking bad and feeling entitled when you hear stuff like that? I’m not the one booing. I’m not the one screaming. I’m not the one saying pretty disgusting things at times. That seems pretty entitled. You’re just making yourself look pretty bad as an individual, as a person, as a fan. That’s tough.” He added, “There’s still a lot of good fans, though. Those are the ones I hear and pay attention to. The few that might be behind home plate and say, ‘Hey Sean, keep doing your thing. Don’t worry about it. Things will come around.’”

“Entitled” isn’t the word to use involving Philadelphia sports fans- “Psychotic”, on the other hand….

QLE Posted: August 28, 2019 at 04:16 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: fans, phillies, sean rodriguez

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   1. The Duke Posted: August 28, 2019 at 02:04 PM (#5875082)
A novel way to win over the faithful home fans. I don’t see what can go wrong
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 28, 2019 at 02:10 PM (#5875088)
Everyone Else Calls Sean Rodriguez "a dick."
   3. GregD Posted: August 28, 2019 at 02:21 PM (#5875094)
Those are the ones I hear and pay attention to. The few that might be behind home plate and say, ‘Hey Sean, keep doing your thing. Don’t worry about it. Things will come around.’”

What fans are saying that?
   4. bigglou115 is not an Illuminati agent Posted: August 28, 2019 at 02:40 PM (#5875098)
@2 A couple years back he, his wife, and two of his kids were badly hurt in a car wreck when a kid who stole a cop car t-boned them, (the driver of the cop car died). Mot only was he hurt badly enough to miss most of a year, his wife was largely unable to help with his autistic son's care. He hasn't been the same since that wreck. So, I'm gonna give him a pass on this one because I don't remember him saying a thing that bugged me when he was in ATL.
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 28, 2019 at 02:54 PM (#5875103)
#4...Ugh, yeah, I forgot about that. I was being flippant based on the water-cooler incident and his general on-field redassery. I withdraw the comment, and Rodriguez is free to call me a dick for it.
   6. Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: August 28, 2019 at 05:18 PM (#5875152)
Remember the time he and McCutcheon saved that grounds crew guy when he got trapped under the tarp during a sudden strong storm?
   7. Brian C Posted: August 28, 2019 at 05:48 PM (#5875156)
Well, not that Rodriguez is an ideal messenger of course, but there really are a lot of over-entitled fans out there. I can't say he's wrong.
   8. filihok Posted: August 28, 2019 at 07:02 PM (#5875167)
Based on what little I know about Rodriguez and what little I know about Phillies fans (just like other fans), I'll take Rodriguez
   9. ReggieThomasLives Posted: August 29, 2019 at 12:28 AM (#5875240)
Weird, I’ve never heard anyone say this about Philadelphia sports fans. I wonder what Bill Burr thinks?

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