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Recently, the fans in the left field seats at Citizens Bank Park have taken to bowing to Raul Ibanez everytime he makes a play, “Wayne’s World” we-are-not-worthy style. And who can blame them? Ibanez is off to a scorchingly hot start, with 8 home runs, 21 runs, 21 RBI and a .408 OBP.

While I was listening to the fans chant “Rauuuuuuuul” (which sounds an awful lot like “booooo”), I wondered to myself, what would it take for the fans to actually boo Ibanez.

What do you think?

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7 Responses to “What would it take for Philly fans to boo Ibanez?”

  1. Paul Moro says:

    Mark it down. May 4th, 2009 – the beginning of the end for Philly’s love fest with Raul Ibanez. The guy has nowhere to go but down both offensively and defensively.

  2. are you joking? these are the same fans who threw snowballs at santa claus until security was able to help the poor man off the field. the same people who threw batteries at j.d. drew for signing with the cards. the same people who booed the first person in the US to receive a hand transplant when he threw out a somewhat less-than-perfect first pitch. nah, we philly fans reserve the right to start booing ibanez any ol’ time. it’s an honor here.

  3. Robert Tyson says:

    Mark it down. May 4th, 2009. Ibanez, Howard and Utley will all put up MVP type numbers on their way to a third NL East title, and a second NL crown (that’s as far as I’m willing to go).

  4. Way to be conservative with your predictions, Robert.

  5. Lynniemac says:

    Actually, they probably aren’t the same fans who booed Santa – that was in 1968 at an Eagles game. They probably aren’t the same fans who threw batteries at J.D. Drew, either, considering it was only like 3 or 4 guys. Other than that, boo.

  6. Sarah Green says:

    Lynniemac, I think the booing is handed down, father to son, mother to daughter, in a sort of neverending story of booage. It’s like an eternal flame of negativism that is never extinguished. So, I think it counts.

  7. Lynniemac says:

    Sadly, I think the biggest eternal flame of negativism that is never extinguished is the perpetuation of the Philadelphia fan stereotype. Yes, many Philadelphia fans boo, some at inappropriate moments (though, after reading Anthony Gargano and Glen Macnow’s well-researched telling of the Santa Claus Incident, I’d say it’s not necessarily a clear case of inappropriateness). But I find it highly irritating how often the 40-year old Santa story and the tale of Three Idiots with Batteries is mentioned as representative of all Philadelphia fans.

    A typical night at Citizens Bank Park is generally comprised of a large portion of people who weren’t even alive when Jolly Old Saint Nicholas had to hear the horrible boos, and I don’t really think three idiots who don’t know how to behave in public truly represent the three million or so who pass through the turnstiles every year; yet far too often, these two stories get trotted out to generalize about the fan base.

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