The Phillies just suffered back to back losses to the Milwaukee Brewers, a team that was swept in its last series by the Washington Nationals. Phillies fans are looking at the panic button, but are they going to push it?
Logically, the Phillies gave the fans the best five year run of any of the four major teams since the Broad Street Bullies of the 70’s. Fans should take it easy on a team with four straight NL East Titles, two National League pennants and a World Series ring. Had a Phillies fan been told in 2006, “Listen the Phils are going to win a few NL pennants a World Series ring, and four division titles, but for this deal to happen they will have to miss the playoffs in 2011” every fan would have taken that deal.
Fans should be satisfied, but nothing is wrong for the fans demanding more from this team. In the 2010/2011 off season, history happened in Philly sports, and it was not Cliff Lee. For the first time in the History of Philadelphia sports, fans were excited ticket prices were raised. Fans of the Phillies were willing to take a hit in their pockets, because they knew it put the Phillies on the same level as the Red Sox and Yankees.
The Phillies have hit a little bit of a lull, but should the fans panic? Probably not, but they have every right to. The fans did their part to see another winner, if they want to boo a player who is performing badly they can, they have earned it. In most cases the player does not deserve to be booed, but for the fans it’s their way of trying to help.
In most fans mind booing their team is a way to motivate them to do better. What is wrong with that? Is Philadelphia a terrible fan base for wanting their team to do better?
Outside of the draft day boo in 1999, when was the last time Philadelphia sports fans crossed the line booing a player? If Google or extensive thought is needed to answer that question then the fans use the boo the right way. Fans should boo this Phillies team when they are not playing up to expectation.
Players on the Phillies who dislike the use of the boo should subscribe to MLB.TV and watch the out of town games. Outside of Boston, and New York the rest of Major League Baseball plays in front of half empty stadiums every night.
An empty stadium is not an issue in Philadelphia, so if the fans want to boo a two-game stretch of bad play, let them, it’s their right. A tough crowd is better than no crowd.