Few things electrify a stadium more than the presence of a rival ballclub. The stakes for success are higher, the media takes an extra bit of notice and out-of-town fans find their way into the seats.
Before heading any further down the path of how to sock it to the Phillies, it is imperative we distinguish the difference between mocking a team and fan-on-fan violence. It was less than a week ago that Bryan Stow's son threw out the first pitch at AT&T Park, and fans nationwide hope no one else ever has to suffer what that man and his family are going through.
Ribbing fans and players is all well and good, but know your limits.
On to the Phillies, then. While the Dodgers remain the Giants' archnemesis and the Diamondbacks are becoming an ever-more increasing threat, the Giants and the Phillies have a special type of bad blood between them. Ever since Brian Wilson struck out Ryan Howard looking to advance San Francisco to the World Series in 2010, revenge has been on Philadelphia's mind.
Last August, tempers flared in an on-field brawl that reminded fanbases on both sides that the matter was far from settled.
As the Giants open a three-game home stand against the Phillies tonight, local fans may be in need of some metaphorical ammo to keep the intensity high and the crowd charged. Here are six ways to mock the Phillies when they return to San Francisco this evening.