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Charles Barkley nails the ethos of Philly sports fans on Lane Johnson's podcast

Charles Barkley nails the ethos of Philly sports fans on Lane Johnson's podcast

Sports fans tuning in to watch the NBA return on Thursday night were thrilled to see Charles, Shaq, Kenny, and Ernie back talking ball after the games. There's nothing quite like that crew.

Philadelphia fans were also treated to another dose of Chuck on Friday night when Barkley joined Eagles tackle Lane Johnson on his Outside The Lane podcast. The two fan favorites talked a lot about Sir Charles' path to the NBA and much more.

But a standout portion of the pod was when Charles perfectly nailed the ethos of the sports fan in the city of Philadelphia.

"Everybody can't play in Philly, or New York, or Boston. It takes a special person from a mental standpoint. They demand a lot. If they see you loping, especially if you're not winning, they're gonna hand your ass to you," Barkley said.

"Philly is a very difficult city to play in. You have to have a strong mindset. The one thing I give them credit for, if you just work hard, they'll give you your respect. But if they see you out doing stuff you shouldn't be doing and you're playing bad, you're not going to last there long."

Chuck then goes on to tell the story of a guy he played with who would intentionally get into foul trouble early in games so he could go to the bench where the fans would leave him alone.

"We didn't know whether to laugh or cry, because he was sincere. He was in pain. He was like, 'I can't take what these fans are saying to me. Once I go to the bench, they're not screaming stuff at me.'"

Johnson rounded out the conversation nicely.

"The good thing about it, as stressful as it is, it's also a great motivator. It will motivate you like no other to go out there and play well," Johnson said.

You can watch the entire 32-minute conversation between Chuck and Lane below.

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Gabe Kapler still bungling pitching changes as manager of Giants

Gabe Kapler still bungling pitching changes as manager of Giants

Phillies fans won’t be surprised to learn that Gabe Kapler is now bungling pitching changes as skipper of the San Francisco Giants.

Kapler had what he later dubbed a “mental screw-up” when attempting to make a call to the bullpen in extra innings last night in what turned into a 12-7 loss to the San Diego Padres.

Giants reliever Tyler Rogers was having a rough go of it in the tenth inning, allowing four runs in the frame and recording zero outs when Kapler went out to the mound to make a change.

Except Giants pitching coach Andrew Bailey had just been out on the mound to visit Rogers, which Kapler seemingly forgot. And according to MLB rules, when a team makes two mound visits during the same at-bat, the pitcher must finish said at-bat.

Rogers had to come back out of the dugout to complete the at-bat and the Giants went on to lose the game. The mistake was more of an awkward moment for the new San Francisco manager than a move that cost them the game.

"That was just a mental screw-up on my part," Kapler told reporters after the game. "I've been around the game for a long time and I just had a lapse in memory in the dugout. We were talking about a lot of different things and I popped out there and went and got him and obviously that was just a mental screw-up on my part. I just wanted to own that. It's 100 percent my responsibility."

This may bring back not-so-fond memories for Phillies fans when Kapler attempted to bring Hoby Milner out of the pen when he wasn’t even warming up. MLB loved that move.

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Photo gallery of sad Phillie Phanatic in an empty ballpark

Photo gallery of sad Phillie Phanatic in an empty ballpark

Welp. The Phillies' scheduled home-and-home series with the New York Yankees is officially postponed, which means Philadelphia won't have any baseball to watch until Friday at the earliest.

In honor of baseball being yanked so quickly from our lives, we thought we'd put together a photo gallery of the Phillie Phanatic looking sad and lonely in an empty ballpark this past weekend. It just seemed to fit the mood.