Phillies fan throws Mets fan’s phone onto field during game
Maybe it’s the 99 days we spent locked out from baseball, but it feels like the MLB season got intense much earlier than usual.
In the series opener, Alec Bohm was caught on camera swearing and saying he hated Citizens Bank Park. He actually owned up to the soundbite in postgame media availability, and in true Philly form, it actually made fans like him more. The incident led to him getting a standing ovation when he came in as a pinch-hitter in the second game of the series. His new teammate, Nick Castellanos, was amazing by the turnaround, which led to yet another great quote.
You have to wonder if Castellanos knew what happened in the ninth inning before he said “Hats off to the city of Philadelphia.”
In the bottom of the ninth, with the Phillies down 2-0, a Mets fan was taunting Phillies fans in their section of the outfield. He can be seen on camera holding up his phone to record the Phillies’ final out while riling up the people around him, screaming and gesturing wildly.
Before it even got to the good part, the Mets fan had already caused enough commotion that a ballpark attendant came down to attempt to keep the peace, though they didn’t stay for long, which turned out to be a mistake. The fan started filming, but instead of recording the Phillies’ final attempts at a comeback, he turned his phone to the dejected and frustrated fans whom he’d been needling for several minutes.
When the game was officially over, he moved closer, still recording. It’s unclear how he expected Phillies fans to handle a phone in their face, but he found out pretty quickly, when a fan in a Bryce Harper jersey immediately snatched his phone and hurled it onto the field.
Immediately, the ballpark attendant returned to remove the Phillies fan, who made a run for it. Meanwhile, the Mets fan continued his absurd behavior, which led to another Phillies fan shoving him into a row of seats.
Here’s the full flick:
The real question is, did his phone keep recording as it soared through the air and landed on that beautiful green outfield?
In all seriousness, you really can’t blame Phillies fans for this. The Mets fan was a cocky instigator who brought this on himself. And throughout the entire situation, he remained as such. He had the temerity to complain to the attendant when the fan whom he baited shoved him away. Even after crying for the attendant, he continued to taunt people in the area as they exited the ballpark, screaming “Who’s the one laughing?”
As The Philly Captain, who captured this whole chaotic situation, stated at the end, “[Phillies fans] have a bad reputation that we’re like, mean to other people’s, you know, other city’s fans, and we’re not… We’re not assholes, it’s just we’re assholes to assholes.”
That’s exactly how this situation went down, anyway.
According to the Captain, Citizens Bank Park may revoke the fan’s season tickets for throwing the phone, which feels a bit over-the-top. He didn’t throw it at anyone, the game was already technically over, so it didn’t interfere, and he and the entire section were provoked by the phone’s owner. If anything, they should ban the Mets fan for a while instead, and eliminate the actual root of the problem.
The good news is that with Odúbel Herrera and Mickey Moniak on the Injured list, if the squad needs an outfielder, that Phillies fan has a nice arm.