Being from the New York area, my first tastes of baseball, of course, were the Yankees and Mets. I have been to countless Yankees games, as well as a few trips to Shea Stadium.
Since then, I have been to a few other ballparks. Fenway, Camden Yards, and Citizens Bank Park, to name a couple. Back in '04, I moved to the Philadelphia area. I had always heard about how great and passionate Philly sports fans were. What they forgot to mention is that when it comes to the sports teams in Philadelphia, the Phillies are completely irrelevant.
As all of you sports fans watch the NLCS, I am sure you saw the "Phillies fans" waiving their towels like they were in Pittsburgh rooting for the steel curtain. You may not think much of it when you watch, but I, on the other hand, am disgusted.
I could not believe that when I first attended a Phillies game, I could walk up to the booth and buy third-row seats minutes before game time. Keep in mind that this is in 2005, when they were in the hunt for the wild card.
Walking into that ballpark, it was reminiscent to attending church—very quiet and subdued.
The next game I attended was against the Mets. I said to myself before going that if having the Mets in town in the middle of a division race on a Friday night doesn't spark some interest, then I don't know what will. Well, once again, the few Phillies fans that were there were being out-cheered by Mets fans.
Because this city is so desperate for a winner, they will cling on to this team as they lead 3-1 in the NLCS against L.A. But make no mistake about it, these fans are the worst I've seen by far.
Maybe I sound a bit out of line here, but as a big sports fan and someone who goes to a game and actually cheers for my team, I'm a bit insulted.
The only time I saw this city get behind this team was when Ryan Howard went on his home-run tear. Other than that, this is all an act. If you haven't seen it for yourself, then I guess you will have to take my word for it.