As the Phillies hugged and danced and partied long into the night, Ethier was one of the few Dodgers to return to the field and wave to the fans, but you can't blame the ones who didn't. They were probably worried for their safety in front of a crowd that spent the long evening lashing out like jilted lovers.You'll have that when you lose ugly like the Dodgers did, but given the contrast between the supposedly easy going Los Angeles crowds and the real joy and jubilation in Philly as described in the post below this one (can you imagine that kind of scene unfolding in Los Angeles?) I think it's probably a good idea to put an end to the slamming of Philadelphia fans that goes on every time one of its teams reaches the national stage.
Dodgers fans booed in a way they've rarely booed before, from the leadoff homer by the Phillies' Jimmy Rollins to the final stranded runner by Nomar Garciaparra.
They booed sadly horrible Chad Billingsley, who couldn't survive three innings for the second time in a week, couldn't consistently throw inside again, his two worst performances in his two biggest games, and who knows when he'll recover? . . . They booed the painfully awful Rafael Furcal, who tried to play with a sore neck and paid for it with three errors in one inning that led to two runs that finished them . . . They booed the just plain lousy Blake DeWitt, who hit into two double plays and ended the series hitting .077 before he was replaced by Jeff Kent.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
T.J. Simers, taking a swipe at Philadelphia and its fans, called the city "Angryville" before the series started. This morning, his colleague Bill Plaschke describes a scene in Los Angeles that fits that description far more closely: