What is it about Philadelphia? I understand the city is the historical centerpiece of our independence, but does conformity not come into play at some point with sports fans?
By now, you’ve no doubt seen the video of the 17-year-old, chucklehead Phillies fan who ran onto the field Monday night and was zapped with a Taser (if not, I’ve posted it below).
Well, somebody — I would imagine the 17-year-old, chucklehead’s third cousin, thought this was such a great idea that he also ran onto the field Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park. Similar to Chucklehead I, who phoned his father to seek permission first about running onto the field (the father said no), Chucklehead II apparently announced his temporary (or not) insanity in advance on Twitter: “turn on the phillies game, im about to be on the feild!!!!!!!!!!” (Morons can’t spell.)
Unfortunately, security did not pull out a Taser this time, though some fans in the stadium did chant, “Tase him! Tase him!” (that video also is posted below).
I understand there are morons everywhere. But Philadelphia has a rather rich history of them in sports venues.
Eagles fans booed and threw snowballs at Santa Claus. You can decide whether that’s worse than the time they cheered when Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin was laying on a stretcher on the field with a career-ending neck injury.
Have to love those Phillies fans. They threw batteries — “D” size, of course — at J.D. Drew, then of the St. Louis Cardinals, because Drew wouldn’t sign with Philadelphia after the draft. It was only a few weeks ago when a sauced 21-year-old intentionally vomited on the 11-year-old daughter of an off-duty police officer because he was angry that his friend (another sweetheart) was thrown out earlier.
The old Veteran Stadium, home to the Eagles and Phillies, became so infamous that officials actually constructed a jail cell in the stadium, complete with a judge and a court room. (Justice was swift, usually before the next inning or change of possession.)
There are a million other stories of Philly fans throwing snowballs or beer. See, that can’t happen here in SEC country. We generally don’t have snowballs, and we sure as heck are NOT going to throw our beer.
My all-time favorite “oops” moment for a fan probably came at the old First Union Spectrum when a Flyers fan verbally (yes, only verbally) assaulted Toronto’s Tie Domi in the penalty box, leading Domi to turn around and squirt water at him. The fan then climbed the Plexiglass to get at Domi, only to have it collapse. He fell in the box, right next to the amused Domi. The two then went at it, kinda, sorta. It was more comedic than anything — except probably not to the NHL.
Personally, I don’t have a problem with fans being Tasered. In fact, I believe there should be a contest each game for one fan to actually administer the Taser to any other fan who does something stupid.
Or, if somebody runs onto the field, we can also tie that fan to a post and take turns throwing hot dogs at him.
Then we can replay on the JumboTron between innings and during timeouts and make him watch.
Then we phone his mother and patch the phone call into the public address system.
We could start this out as a pilot program. And I know just the city.
Phillies fan gets Tasered
Tuesday night’s almost replay
Tie Domi vs. a Flyers fan