Friday, April 1, 2011



I am not a particularly big fan of the S.F. Giants after having my team eliminated from the post season by them.  I can say however I have been to numerous games in both San Francisco and Oakland to watch my Phillies play the home team.

I have been on the receiving end of good natured ribbing from both A's and Giant's fans while wearing my Phillies gear in both respective cities.  The smack talking was particularly bad before Game 4 of the 2010 NLCS in San Francisco.  My wife and I had to park all the way in the back of an enclosed parking garage full of Giants fans and walk several VERY LONG BLOCKS to AT&T PARK.  It kind of reminded me of walking down the halls of a Roman Coliseum to await being eaten by hungry lions.

I have a friendly exchange of words on a regular basis with one of the grocers at a local Nob Hill (Think ACME, SUPERFRESH, SHOPRITE etc...) when he sees me with my Victorino Jersey on.  My experiences thus far as a Phillies fan in California have generally been beneficial to my health and welfare (with the exception of my wanting to jump off of the Golden Gate Bridge after being eliminated last year...).

There is no reason the fan of an opposing team should fear for their safety just because they are wearing a different jersey.  Sports stadiums are not rival gang territory.  Opposing team fans are not there to take anything from you, or screw your wife, or do you harm.  If you can't act like an adult at a sporting event you need to be permanently banned from attending, as well as permanently banned from breeding.  There is no excuse for this kind of behavior.

I hope the Giants fan has a speedy recovery.