The Yankees fan invasion of CBP was very unpleasant for Phillies fans

The Yankees fan invasion of CBP was very unpleasant for Phillies fans

It felt good to boo.

And I’m not talking about Rhys Hoskins. I’m talking about the throngs of New York Yankees fans who took over Citizens Bank Park for the second night in a row on Tuesday.

It felt good to boo the Yankee fans. And there were plenty of opportunities on Tuesday night.

I’ve been going to games regularly at CBP since it opened in 2004 and last night was the most opposing team’s fans I’ve ever seen in our ball park.

It’s an unfortunate state of things for Phillies fans. Our team is still turning course towards consistently winning ways and lacks the personality and star power of a Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins. Not to mention many Philly sports fans are still in debt from all of the money they spent on the Super Bowl and the subsequent championship gear (The Eagles won Super Bowl 52). The Yankees are the best team in baseball and are just as likely to have fans in Broomall as the Bronx. They sent out one of the best pitchers in the game last night.

The fact that there were tons of Yankees fans at our ball park wasn’t surprising to me. But it sure was unpleasant.

Aaron Hicks homered in the first at bat of the game and the Yankees chants started. They didn’t stop the rest of the night.

On the bright side, they were met with plenty of boos from the Philly faithful — myself included.

“I’m pretty sure we singlehandedly shut that Yankees chant down with our boos,” I said to my wife at one point. She agreed. We did our small part.

While it was undoubtedly very unpleasant to have so many opposing fans cheer as their team dominated ours to the tune of a 6-0 win, there was something pleasurable in fighting back.

The ball park had life in it last night. There was an undeniable energy in the building, albeit one favoring the dark side.

While the Phillies on the field may not have acquitted themselves well, I was proud of the way the Philly fans responded to the invasion. I didn’t see a single confrontation other than sportsmanlike booing and banter.

And you know who brought his A-game? The Phillie Phanatic.

At one point, after a particularly loud Yankees chant, the Phanatic bent over and repeatedly banged his ear on a seat in the field level. He didn’t want to hear that garbage either.

Sadly, I wrote a note in my phone about that moment being the highlight of the night.

But then the Phanatic used his jersey to block the view of some Yankees fans and that was even better. When you're losing, you take the small wins where you can.

Giancarlo Stanton crushes unprecedented home run during batting practice at Citizens Bank Park

Giancarlo Stanton crushes unprecedented home run during batting practice at Citizens Bank Park

Giancarlo Stanton is must-see entertainment at any stadium.

Throw him batting practice pitches in Citizens Bank Park, and you've got a show.

That was case in point Tuesday night.

It's no secret the baseball can fly at CBP, especially in the summertime. And it's no secret the 6-foot-6, 245-pound Stanton can send baseballs into orbit when he takes that mammoth swing.

Phillies fans are well aware considering Stanton owns 27 career dingers against the boys in red pinstripes … remember this one with the Planet Hoagie landing?

And if Phillies fans needed a reminder of Stanton's fearsome power, he gave them one with this shot during batting practice. Watch the blast in the video above.

Have you ever seen a ball hit to that part of Citizens Bank Park?

If there's a guy to do it, it's Stanton. He also crushed one over the batter's eye (also in the video above), which seems like status quo for him.

Now the Phillies will hope to keep Stanton, Aaron Judge and the Yankees in the yard the rest of this series.

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Fan injured by Phillie Phanatic's hot dog cannon during game

Fan injured by Phillie Phanatic's hot dog cannon during game

This is taking food delivery a bit too far.

A woman suffered facial injuries when the Phillie Phanatic fired a hot dog into the crowd with his cannon during Monday night’s game at Citizens Bank Park.

“And then the next thing I know he shot it in our direction, and bam! It hit me like a ton of bricks. My glasses flew,” Kathy McVay, a Plymouth Meeting resident, originally told 6 ABC’s Sarah Bloomquist about the incident.

McVay said she went to a hospital and underwent a CAT scan to make sure that she didn't suffer a concussion.

“I have a small hematoma in my eye,” McVay said. “And mostly, it's going to get worse before it gets better. It's going to go down the side of my face.”

Per the report, the Phillies did reach out to McVay to apologize and “the Phanatic feels terrible about what happened” (although we’re not exactly sure how he explained that sentiment).

To her credit, McVay understands the ridiculous nature of her injury and is taking it all in stride.

"When I tell my brothers, they started laughing," she said to NBC10. "It's funny, it's a story I can tell people. My only thing is just to warn people just to be careful. Because you would think you'd get hit by a baseball instead of a flying hot dog."

Now that the public knows she’s OK, McVay can bank on people getting a decent laugh out of this one.