Thursday, July 08, 2010

Victorino Wants Your Support

Shane Victorino did everything but call Phillies fans "frontrunners" following last night's loss to the NL East leading Braves. He's upset by the lack of support for the team right now at Citizens Bank Park. He feels that the team deserves better because of the success they've had the past 2 seasons. Booing is every fans' right, but I don't really see much of a purpose in it. Many players attribute home field advantage to the park's atmosphere created by the fans, and if it's a negative one you gotta think it has an adverse effect. Boo, cheer, or indifferent, I feel that they better start winning some ball games before Amaro is tempted to trade away Werth for a package headlined by some "prospect" that ends up retiring from baseball a year later to become a Bed Bath & Beyond manager. But for now, lets just give Vic what he wants...some jock support.
"Quick to forget what happened the last two years, you know? That's the thing that frustrates me more than anything, listening to that kind of stuff. They're quick to forget what we've done the last two years. When I hear things like that, it eats me. OK. I see. Jimmy used that word. I'm not going to use it, but you know what I'm talking about. It's tough right now. We've got to find a way to figure this out. There's no reason to panic or throw in the towel. We can't panic. If we panic, we're just going to add pressure to ourselves. If I'm a fan of a team and they're not doing good, I get frustrated, too. But don't throw in the towel. Get behind us. Find a way to get behind us and pick us up. We need them. That's what this game is about. It's not just us. The atmosphere that they've created, it's been awesome. They're still coming out, even though we are struggling. But to hear those things, it's like, 'Oh, really?' It's frustrating when you hear those things from your own fans. Don't forget what we've done here. We're not giving up. Comments like that ... they're thinking that we're done. I think that's what I'm trying to get at. Stick behind us. We're going to keep playing. We're going to keep plugging along. We're not done."
~Shave Victorino

*The Phillies were featured on The Food Network's Dinner Impossible last night. The show was taped during spring training and featured minor leaguers Chance Chapman and Justin De Fratus (who was just promoted to Reading) as assistant chefs.

*4 game series set to start tonight in Philly against the NL Central leading Cincinnati Reds. 10 games back by All-Star break?

*Did you know that the Phillies (43) have only 4 more wins that the Royals (39)? That's bad!


Corey said...

"That's the thing that frustrates me more than anything, listening to that kind of stuff."

i'm glad to here that booing fans are more frustrating to victorino than his shitty batting average/OBP or the team's position in the standings. what a stupid thing to say. the boo/not boo argument is so played out it's not worth it anymore.

i am surprised to here this from victorino just like i was surprised when jimmy said similar things last year. vic should call pat burrell and get a little insight.

i will be booing vic from my couch tonight.

GM-Carson said...

For more insight, Vic is Corey's favorite Phillie (to the best of my knowledge), so for him to boo him, that's saying something.

JH said...

You guys are bad. You are either a fan or not. I have rooted for the Phils since '64 and remember the days when they were 14 out at the end of April. I will root for them in first or last or anywhere in between.

lifelong fan

ACSmitty79 said...

1. shut up Shano. You can say "we haven't given up" but don't tell he fans what to do or how to feel. Regardless of circumstance you lose that one every. single. time.

2. Caught the Dinner Impossible episode. I thought i heard one of the pitchers say he cut his hand on the can opener???

3. After watching the dinner impossible ep, Jimmy Rollins has to be Chris Rock's cousin.

4. I won't panic till Sunday night. I posted last week that this Braves series would put the Braves back in their place. I was wrong. But what concerns me is i just don't think the Mets and Braves are that good. yet we can't beat them.

Corey said...

again, i'm not getting into the boo/not boo debate but...just because you boo someone doesn't mean you aren't rooting for them or you're not behind them.

victorino is my favorite phillie just like pat burrell was before he left, and like many other fans i booed the hell out of pat burrell sometimes. but go read some burrell quotes after he left the phil. the guy gets it. go read mitch williams' book. he gets it. shane? he doesn't get it.

i'll never be anything but a diehard phillies fan. i will cheer the good. i will boo the bad. i don't know any different and don't want to know any different.

as "frustrated" as victorino is at listening to fans be upset with an under-performing team (imagine that...) it's more frustrating as a fan to here a player question one's loyalty or support.

GM-Carson said...

Received this email from reader Kerry today:
"Yo would be GM'S,
I think I've discovered the Phils problem this's getting ugly, losing 3 out of 4 to the Bucs...the Braves just took 2 out of 3 in our place..
this just is not the same team as the last 2 years..there is something missing and I've discovered what it is...bring back Eric Bruntlett!!!!!

follow my logic...when Bruntlett was here, he couldn't hit or field too well but the Phils had that it possible that Bruntlett was the catalyst for that swagger? before you write me off, think about it...little man who couldn't field or hit makes it in the big leagues..that takes Bruntlett this year, no you see where I'm going with this?"

GM-Carson said...

Corey and I are both diehard Phillies fans and anybody that questions that because we make fun of them, get pissed at them, or even boo them is just being shortsighted. It's like family, you love them, but sometimes you'd just like to slap them across the face. Corey and I have been best friends since 2nd grade and I can attest to our love of the Phils.

Aaron said...

FU Shane!

If you don't like booing and a negative atmosphere at the ballpark..........then play better and win games. The fans didn't create a negative atmosphere, you did by having a shorty season. RAJ did by trading cliff lee. Ryan Madson did by kicking a chair. A month and a half long team wide batting slump by a team full of all star calliner talent created a negative atmosphere.
I'm so tired of this act going all the way back to Mike Schmidt.

You want positive fans? WIN!
Welcome to Philly jackass.
This is Philadelphia. And in Philly if you suck and under achieve you get booed.
If you win we cheer.

Andrew said...

Madson activated. Zagurski down.

GM-Carson said...

Aaron- good point about this being Philly. In other cities when the team starts sucking for a month straight or worse the fans stop showing up. Here in Philly, they're still packing the Cit full. You want to play to the indifference of fans, going fucking Florida, Baltimore, Kansas City, or Seattle. You want a bunch of rowdy fans that can support you...fucking win!

GM-Carson said...

What's up with Vic's power surge this season? 14 homeruns now.

Andrew said...

damn wild pitch

Corey said...

welcome back ryan madson. missed you.

GM-Carson said...

Boo Ryan Madson. Boo Brad Lidge. Boo Juan Castro, who should have never been signed to begin with. Why the hell should we support this team Shane? STFU!

GM-Carson said...

Ugly game. Horribly, ugly game. A win though.

Aaron said...

I'd like to take this opportunity to say FU J Werth!!
Totally classless "yelling to the fan get the fuck out of the way" on that foul ball. He didn't reach over the fence the ball was right at him and he just reacted. He's at the game with his son.
Real nice Werth. Oh and by the way you played like Luis Aguayo again today. You have sucked for two months now. I don't want you any more you classless ass clown.

If also like to add that madson and lidge suck.

GM-Carson said...

I'm just being totally honest, if I'm that guy in the stands I got for the ball 100% of the time, especially with my son by my side. I know Werth was caught up in the moment, but the fan did nothing wrong.