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What A Shock!

Posted by Mike on October 27, 2008

It’s about 12 hours and counting to the city of Philadelphia goes up in flames. With Cole Hamels on the mound tonight, the Phillies at home, and the Rays bats as dead as Al Davis, it has all the makings of the Phillies first World Series since 1980. With that will bring destruction, just like what the fans of Philadelphia did to those poor fans of the Tampa Bay Rays when they went there for Games 3 & 4. Tampa has a rundown of just how classy the fans of Philadelphia are:

It is a proud city. A city rich in history and steeped in tradition. In some ways, a city like no other in America. And today, perhaps the city of Philadelphia should be embarrassed.

During Game 3 of the World Series on Saturday night, Rays family members and employees say they were harassed and abused by Phillies fans at Citizens Bank Park to an unacceptable degree.

Children were cursed at, and one 9-year-old boy had beer poured on him. A Rays family member stayed locked in a bathroom stall because, he said, Phillies fans were banging on the walls and threatening him.

Look, this is not a question of Rays fans being sissies. This is not about being offended by “Rays s- – -” chants. We’re talking about behavior more suitable for a prison yard than a family ballpark.

You can make fun of Tropicana Field, and you can make fun of Tampa Bay’s limited fan base. You can dog B.J. Upton about hustling, and you can call Matt Garza a whack job.

But some words should not be used, and some lines should not be crossed. And from talking to the Rays on Sunday, the Phillies fans trampled all over every acceptable line of decency.

See what Bill Burr had to say about the city of brotherly love.


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