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 didnt 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.