So in trying to get back into regular season blogging shape, I go three days without an entry. Not a good way to start the season!
I’m still a little blocked and hoping to shake the cobwebs off this week. Â I don’t normally go this long even in the off-season without writing something. Â I need to get my head in the game! Â Tonight’s Sox game might help. Â The Yankees visit Ft Myers (and Tito is already in mid-season form, sitting Clay Buchholz because he’s already pitched against the Yanks this year) and Â NESN is airing tonight’s game (7:05) as is, according to the Red Sox schedule, ESPN2.
I need to put this in the “Wow” file: Â According to Peter Abraham, I think I get to label Â T.J. Furman of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Ass of the Month. Â He wins this for two reasons: Â The obvious one, for encouraging Phillies fans to throw batteries at J.D. Drew when the Red Sox visit the Phillies this year for interleague play. Â But he gets bonus points for dodging a fellow reporter’s questions and just pointing him to the editor’s note on the piece he wrote. Â The editor’s note claims the line about fans getting their “D-cells ready” was “ a regretful attempt at humor”. Not defending his own work to a colleague makes me believe one thing: Â Trying to be funny or not, Furman wrote what he meant to wrote. Â I need to add a third reason he wins the title…for his bringing up a part of Philadelphia sports fans history that they would like to get over. Â Phillies fans, while having done some lousy things, don’t hold a monopoly on being jerky. Â Furman comes off as the CHB of Philadelphia…attack your own fan base for having passion for a game that makes it possible for you to make a living. Â That is an ass at it’s best (worst).
Abraham hopes that there will be extra security in Philadelphia for those games. Â Last year, the Sox visited the Phillies without much incident (there was the booing that is always there and I seem to remember a mention of coins being thrown but I haven’t been able to find anything to validate my memory) so I’m not sure if Abraham forgot that or if he genuinely thinks a line from Furman will encourage folks to go out and chuck batteries at JD Drew. Â I know the fans can be harsh but I’m willing to give them some credit here. Â If they weren’t throwing batteries at JD last year I don’t think a deleted line (at least from the online version) in a Â story in early March will make them do it in June.
Then again, who knows what’s going to happen in three months? Â I commend Abraham for not letting it die because I think Furman definitely deserves to be called out on it, but I’m willing to wait until June before I decide JD needs extra security. Â I know about their history but I have to admit that any interactions (in real life and online) that I’ve had with Phillies fans have been positive ones, especially when I went with my friend Kay to Citizens Bank Park for the weekend Sox/Phillies series in 2005. Â So maybe I give them too much credit. Â We’ll find out in June.
For now, we still have 17 games left in March before we get to Opening Day! Â Almost there, folks!
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