It felt good to boo.
And I'm not talking about Rhys Hoskins. I'm talking about the throngs of New York Yankees fans who took over the Citizens Bank Park for the second night in a row on Tuesday.
It felt good to boo the Yankee fans. And there were many options on Tuesday evening.
I've been playing CBP games regularly since opening in 2004 and last night I was the fans of the opposing team I've ever seen in our ballpark.
It's an unfortunate state of affairs for Phillies fans. Our team is still on track to consistently win and lack the personality and star power of a Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollin. Not to mention many Philly sports fans who are still in debt of all the money they spent on the Super Bowl and the subsequent championship (The Eagles won Super Bowl 52). The Yankees are the best team in baseball and just as likely to have fans in Broomall as the Bronx. They sent one of the best pitchers of the game last night.
The fact that there were tons of Yankee fans in our ball park was not surprising to me. But it was certainly unpleasant.
Aaron Hicks first got married on bat of the game and the Yankees songs started. They did not stop the rest of the night.
On the bright side, they were included with many of the Philadelphia's penances ̵
"I'm pretty sure that we individually conclude that Yankees are singing downstairs with our boos," I once said to my wife. She agreed. We did our little part.
While it was very uncomfortable to cheer on so many enemy fans as their team dominated our team to a 6-0 win, there was something pleasant in the fight.
Ball Park had life last night. There was undeniable energy in the building, though one favored the dark side.
While the Phillies on the field might not be able to express themselves well, I was proud of the way the Philly fans reacted to the invasion. I did not see a single confrontation except sporty booing and skirmishing.
And you know who brought his A-game? The Phanatic Phillip
At one point, after a particularly loud Yankees song, the Phanatic leaned forward and repeatedly slammed his ear into a field-level seat. He also did not want to hear this trash.
Unfortunately, I wrote a note in my phone saying that this moment was the highlight of the night.
But then the Phanatic used his jersey to block the look of some Yankees fans and that was even better. If you lose, you take the small profits wherever you can.