Philadelphia sports fans have a longstanding (some would say thoroughly deserved) rep for uncouth behavior, and budding sociologist / SF Giants TV mouthpiece Mike Krukow (above) thinks he knows the reason why. To wit, Philadelphia sucks. From the San Jose Mercury News’ Bruce Newman :
“If you’re not giving a good effort in San Francisco, the fans get on you,” said Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow, a former Giant who spent part of his career pitching in Philadelphia. “But the intensity level of hate here is probably 30 percent of what it is in Philly. People here can head to the beach, or go up to wine country and calm their anxieties. I just think they have nothing else to do in Philly.”
“In Philadelphia, they mortgage homes to buy season tickets,” said Mitch Williams, a former Phillies relief pitcher known as “Wild Thing” in his playing days, now a broadcaster. “It’s not a social event, it’s a way of life. They’re a blue-collar town, they work hard for their money, and if they don’t see a good performance, they’re going to let you know.”
“We’re nice,” Giants fan David Jones said while munching on a hot dog during batting practice Tuesday. “We don’t clap when somebody throws at a batter’s head.”
In the unlikely event the Yankees can prevail against the Rangers in 7 games (and far more probable instance the Giants win one of their next three tries against the Phillies), I wonder if Krukow will take in the inevitable boos for Tim Lincecum and conclude that New York City, much like Philadelphia, is largely populated by angry persons denied frequent trips to wine country?