As soon as I heard it was Gay Day at Citizens Bank Ballpark yesterday, I knew it was a game I must attend. The drive from and to DC seemed daunting but well worth it. But man, was I disappointed when we got there. First and foremost the Phils squandered a one run lead in the eighth. Uggie came in to pitch for the second time in four hours and did not look sharp. This was a bad decision. It would have been a good time for recent call up Eude Brito, but it seems he’s penciled in to make his MLB debut Sunday against Pittsburgh. He’ll take Lidle’s place who pitched as good as can be expected the despite that 3 run inning. It could be that Brito will take Gavin Floyd’s spot in the Phils future rotation. Floyd would make nice trade bait packaged with Jim Thome.
The second Gay Day let down was all the protesting. There were quite a few anti-gay fans in attendance which prompted Phils security to cordon off the sections. What a waste of quality tickets and coarse emotion. I think all virulence and heckling should be directed towards the field in play at all times. Opponents, umps and Phils only should get to hear Philadelphia’s wrath, at least when in the ballpark. Hassling the gays wasn’t cool, they were just there to cut David Bell’s hair.
UPDATE – 8/26 – “Comments” posted to the Daily News