The Philadelphia Phillies begin a 3 game set with the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park tonight at 7:05. Washington is currently in a 10-game losing streak, and the Phils have every intention of upping that gruesome total to 13 by Thursday evening. Starting tonight will be Joe Blanton (6-12, 4.79 era, 1.40 whip) for the Phils and Jason Bergmann (2-9, 4.51, 1.40) for the Nats. WSBGM's will be at the game promoting Campaign Cheer, along with some buddies from Hugging Harry Reynolds and Crashburn Alley, by handing out the flier seen below.
I originally came up with Campaign Cheer as a joke, but before I knew it the movement started and it became a real thing. Some people love the idea, some hate it, and others could care less. Now that this is really going to happen, I need to explain a few things. 1) I really want to get rid of the boo-birds. Booing doesn't help the team win by giving any homefield advantage. Therefore, let's be as loud and full of cheer for our Phils as humanly possible. Give applause and support a chance and we may just be pleasantly pleased with the outcome. 2) Although Campaign Cheer is mildly sarcastic, in no way is it meant to be about negativity. It's designed to set a positive ballpark atmosphere regardless of bad or good. Hence, the cheer for everything aspect of it. 3) Jimmy Rollins is not a villain. Am I upset about his "frontrunner comment"? Yes, but at the same time I'm still a fan of his, and will be rooting for him the rest of his days in Philly. I don't see the purpose in justifying his statement by booing even more than normal. I want to flip the script on him and give him the complete opposite reaction that he is expecting...cheers! 4) Is this a gimmick? Yes, it is, but some gimmicks serve a greater purpose and end up lasting a lifetime (see The Clapper and Chia Pet). 5) I'm doing this out of my deep rooted love for the Phils. I know I can be pessimistic and negative at times, but I want to change that, and what better way than Campaign Cheer.