Philadelphia sports fans come through
As avid readers of this blog know, I am a native of Philadelphia. I am very proud of my hometown, and root hard for my sports teams.
Of course, the city's fans have this awful reputation around the country because we are perceived as nasty. As everyone likes to point out, we have booed Santa Claus, cheered when Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin was carted off the Veterans Stadium field after injuring his neck in a game against the Eagles and have thrown batteries at major league outfielder J.D. Drew, who refused to play for the Phillies when he was drafted by them in 1997. And who could forget last year, when a Phillies fan was tasered as he ran onto the field during a game at Citizens Bank Park.
We never seem to get much credit for doing something right.
But the Philadelphia sports fans did themselves proud Sunday night. When news of the death of Osama bin Laden spread through Citizens Bank Park in the top of the ninth inning of the Phillies' game against the New York Mets, I felt proud. The fans started chanting, “U-S-A! U-S-A!” The shots ESPN showed of fans looking at their phones, reading the news about bin Laden's death. Then ESPN gave us a look at a Phillies fan who just happened to be wearing a Chase Utley USA jersey from the World Baseball Classic.
Suddenly, the fact that the Phillies and Mets weren't doing much offensively didn't seem so important. And that the Phillies dropped a 2-1 decision in 14 innings didn't seem to bother the fans. I didn't hear too many boos at the end of the game.
Maybe the national media will actually give the Philadelphia sports fans some credit. But I know all too well that the next time if we do something that is perceived as bad, everyone will bring up booing Santa Claus again.
All I have to say is, get over it!