The Phillies celebrated the Phanatic's birthday today, giving away free Phanatic T-shirts to kids 14 and under who attended the team's series finale against the Marlins. But those weren't the only party favors the Phillies handed out.
Fans passing through the turnstiles at the ballpark this afternoon also received a printed copy of the team's guest conduct policy. The Phillies have taken to handing out the code of conduct cards in the wake of Wednesday's now notorious vomit assault.
If you haven't heard the story (and I find it hard to believe that you haven't), an off-duty Easton police captain and his 11-year-old daughter were allegedly vomited on -- intentionally -- by a rowdy fan during Wednesday's Phillies-Nationals game.
The alleged puker, 21-year-old Matthew Clemmens of Cherry Hill, reportedly cursed and spit on the officer and his two daughters before shoving his fingers down his throat and disgorging beer and ballpark food on the family.
With news outlets across the country jumping all over the opportunity to call Philadelphia sports fans the worst in the country (again), the Phillies organization has been doing some serious damage control.
The team has already offered to host the family at another game, including a chance to watch batting practice from the field.
The guest conduct notice states, "Guests must refrain from conduct that is inconsistent with the fun, family atmosphere that should prevail at Citizens Bank Park."
Among the prohibited behavior identified in the handout are:
*Interfering with other guests' ability to enjoy the game
*Using foul or abusive language or gestures
*Appearing to be intoxicated or in a diminished capacity
All of which Clemmens was apparently unaware of during his, ahem, outburst. He should be much more familiar with the policy now, including this cautionary nugget:
*Violators are subject to ejection and possible arrest.
And now, thanks to him, thousands of Phillies fans have been handed their own little reminder.