I wanted to write something about Yankee fans descending on Citizens Bank Park but didn’t really know what angle to take.
Should I just cobble together Twitter videos and slander those schifosos for cheap clicks?
Or should I do something thoughtful and column-esque?
The compromise is something in the middle. I will start with this tweet from Ashalee Johnston, who was surrounded by Yanks and sitting directly behind this dude with a colorful Derek Jeetah t-shirt:
— Ashalee Johnston (@ashaleehart321) June 26, 2018
Seems like an enjoyable experience to me.
Imagine having to look at that for nine innings while Jake Arrieta gets blown up and the Phillies whiff on Luis Severino fastballs to the tune of a 6-0 loss.
Or, imagine running into this fake-ass Mike “The Situation” wannabe trying to (allegedly) start fights on the concourse:
Yankees fans are truly the worst, my cousin reports this kid was trying to start fights all over the place pic.twitter.com/xKog226F8E
— Jamie Lynch (@jelynchjr) June 27, 2018
I dare this guy to come up to Boyertown and behave that way. Or Fishtown. Come up to Fishtown and say it to my face.
So yeah, it’s unpleasant to be around opposing fans in your own stadium. And since the Yanks play in the American League and Citizens Bank Park is a rare and short trip south, it’s no surprise they’re all over the place. Some are probably real fans from New York and others are Philly poseurs, but the fact of that matter is that we have no one to blame but ourselves. If we don’t want Yankee fans in CBP, then we need to fill it ourselves.
It’s that simple, but obviously they have more to cheer for than we do. A couple people at the game last night described it as 60/40 Phillies fans to Yankees fans, but it was louder in the visitors’ favor as they whipped up on the Phils. They’ve got the best winning percentage in baseball (.675). Gabe Kapler’s guys are 41-36 (.532). THEREFORE – Yankee fans have a reason to travel and get behind their team.
It used to be that way for the Phils. Remember that? Legions of Philly fans infested Citi Field and Nationals Park as Chase Utley and company romped to a pair of pennants. The Nats created an entire marketing campaign to reclaim their ballpark since they were being swamped with outsiders throughout the entire summer. They simply refused to sell tickets to Philly fan groups.
So I agree with these three guys:
Why are Phillies fans complaining about Yankee fans taking over CBP? Go support your team if you don’t want opposing fans taking over. Simple as that. Nobody to blame but other Phillies fans. 🤷🏻♂️
— Pusha Lee (@Nelson81) June 26, 2018
At what point does it stop being a talking point that the Yankees, the best team in baseball, have fans that enjoy going to baseball games to watch them play?
— Mike Angelina (@MikeAngelina) June 26, 2018
Is it really all that notable that a lot of Yankees fans showed up at Citizens Bank Park last night? They have the best winning % in baseball. Tickets are hard to get at Yankee Stadium. Lots of those folks have migrated south and live here. Plenty of Phils fans were there too.
— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) June 26, 2018
It’s pretty straightforward. If you don’t like it, do something about it. Fill the stadium, support the team.
And it’s a two-way street; the Phils need to show some consistency and figure out the bullpen issues and start fielding like a Major League Baseball club. It wasn’t long ago that we had a CBP sellout streak that spanned multiple seasons, so we’re certainly capable of supporting a good team, even if the younger generation is showing less interest in baseball in general. Philly is still one of the better baseball towns in this country.
We know that Yankee fans are slimy and disgusting “Jersey Shore” types, but it’s on us to keep them out of South Philly and send their revolting asses back to Seaside Heights.