August 27, 2008

Gregg Doyel vs. Philadelphia's Gregg Doyel goes way over the top in this column bashing Philly fans, conflating the very loud, VERY local minority of idiots for the entire city. But it's hard to disagree with this part:

Look, Philly fans, you can't have it both ways. If you're going to dish it, you have to be able to take it. Flick a player in the nose all you want, but when one of them flicks you back, you have to smirk and let him know it didn't hurt. Otherwise, you're nothing but a schoolyard bully -- strong because you have all that size, but weak as soon as someone fights back.
The fans didn't seem to mind Rollins' big mouth last night when he went 5-for-7 with three RBIs.

Sure, this is an argument that neither Rollins nor any other athlete can ever win. But it's going to keep flaring up repeatedly, for as long as the booing continues.

Posted by Stephen Silver at August 27, 2008 05:08 PM
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