Boo Birds

Attention Philadelphia fans. Stop booing. Now. Swing & A Miss is disgusted.

Phillies blogger Tom Goodman writes that he thought it a little overplayed, this notion of Santa Claus-jeering, snowball-hurling palookas.

Then he went to opening day at the ballpark and was horrified to hear the Bridesburg cheers for Bobby Abreu and Mike Lieberthal.

It was inexcusable and contemptible, he writes. Last year many fans booed Placido Polanco during the introductions for having the temerity to want to keep his job at second base.   Polanco earned the right to start on merit, but even had he been a shade behind Chase Utley at that point, manager Charlie Manuel remained firmly committed to the principle that veteran starters didn’t lose their spot in the lineup because of injury or fan pressure.

Phillies fans could learn something from Manuel.  Their lack of loyalty to Abreu, one of the best hitters in baseball over the last several years, and to Lieberthal, whose career numbers put him among the club leaders not only for his position but overall, is one thing; their utter lack of class is something altogether different.

That Dude
Posted 04/04/2006 03:57:54 PM

To be honest, Goodman is out and out WRONG. There is a reason (albeit different ones) why those two get booed. Abreu because for all his talents appears as if he could give a crap as long as he goes 2-4 and rarely if every looks to hustle and his next hit in an important situation will be his first. Philly would would LOVE this guy if he appeared to try, he is like a bored Manny Ramirez. At least Boston fans can say "well, he's crazy".... As to Lieberthal, we have a guy making 7M this year who can't throw guys out, can't cntorl a game from behind the plate and it is obvious most of the pitchers prefered Pratt or this year Fasano. He is also rarely clutch. Yes, I think most fans recognize he is gritty and put in some good yrs for us, but he is past his prime and most of his booing I think is directed at management for sticking with him. The booing to POlanco last yr was not at Polanco, but at the bait and switch mgmt pulled on us. 99% fans would've LOVED to see POlanco play 3rd instead of Bell.

Posted 04/04/2006 04:52:15 PM

"99% fans would've LOVED to see POlanco play 3rd instead of Bell." God almighty, that would have ROCKED. We definitely wanted to see Utley at 2nd, it was just Polly's misfortune that he was fighting with him for the spot. Anyone fighting Utley needs the "treatment". We have to boo Abreu since he was awful after the all star break. Dude gave you the reason we boo Lieberthal. Just be ready when Barry Bonds comes to town. The word going around WIP afternoons is "walkout"...

Daniel Rubin
Posted 04/04/2006 05:06:20 PM

Nice greeting in San Diego. At least they removed the needles before tossing syringes.

Posted 04/04/2006 05:53:00 PM

I like to consider my self somewhere in the middle between the two extremes: the Abreu/Lieberthal bashers who were booing before the first pitch of the year and the Phillies apologists/loyalists. That being said, there were some moron fans sitting directly behind me yesterday who were cheering/mocking Lieberthal for catching Lieber with great skill and tenacity. It was funny the first time the drunk guy yelled it, but after about the 4th I was looking for some ear plugs.

Michael Carboni
Posted 04/04/2006 06:01:39 PM

It was uncalled for on Opening Day.

Posted 04/04/2006 06:55:49 PM

Early in the game and Abreu jogs after a ball in the corner.His method of playing rightfield is the way Bob Eucker used to say how to catch a knuckleballer-you wait till the ball stops rolling, then you pick it up. For Lieberthal, his tendency to ground into rally-killing double plays is legendary. The only reason he's here this year is because he's on the last year of his contract and Gillick doesn't want to eat another 7.5 mil. No team is in the market for him. Once upon a time, Lieby actually opened his mouth and called on his teammates to play better. Terry Francona, of all people, told him to zip it and we haven't heard a peep out of Lieby since. So much for being a team leader.

Posted 04/05/2006 11:17:39 AM

Dimwitted WIP listeners will try to justify their behavior a thousand ways before looking at the true source;their miserable,empty lives that require them to deride others to feel better about themselves.They've shown their ignorance by running great players out of town for years,then childishly wearing their ignorance as a badge of honor.You get what you deserve;Philly fans don't deserve championships.I applaud Rolen and any other player that wants to leave.Career's are short,why spend it playing in front of no class assholes?

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