A quick link on this Saturday.
My friends over at We Should Be GM’s have a novel idea for when the Phillies return to Citizens Bank Park Tuesday night:
They want you to cheer. They’re calling it “Campaign Cheer.” From their site:
WSBGM’s would like to establish Campaign Cheer to be unleashed upon Citizens Bank Park Tuesday August 19th at 7:05 pm. What we propose is a blind positivity so strong that it reverberates throughout the stadium from the time the Phillies take the field for the first pitch, until the last player walks off into the clubhouse. Everything must be cheered. A base hit- hooray! A stolen base- clap, clap, clap. A homerun- Go Phils! An error by the 1st basemen- yeah! A pop-up on the 1st pitch of the at bat by our shortstop- alright! An inning ending double play with the bases loaded and no runs scored- la de frickin’ da! Jimmy Rollins doesn’t like boos, he wants to feel like we’re rooting for him, so let’s cheer our asses off for everything the Phils do, good or bad. No boos allowed, no silence allowed, only throat-scratching belly-deep cheers and applause. Ryan Howard will be stunned when he slinks back to the dugout after a strikeout while in the midst of encouraging “get ’em next time”. Carlos Ruiz will scratch his head when he hears “way to make contact” after he grounds out to the secondbaseman killing a rally. Ryan Madson will nervously smile as the fans chant “Mad Dog” while he allows inherited base runners to score. Jimmy Rollins will shed a tear of satisfaction when he ends the game 0-5, but still gets the fans’ appreciation with “MVP” being repeated over and over again, louder each time he comes to the plate.
I’m dead serious about this Campaign Cheer. The boos obviously aren’t working, so why not go a different route. Rollins wants fan support, well let’s give him some support and then some. Win, lose, or suck we’ll be behind you every second of every game. Stop and think about how funny it would be to see Jimmy fly out to the centerfielder and get a standing ovation as he trots back to the dugout. I’m telling you, this could really work. Pass the idea along to everyone you know, and maybe, just maybe, Philly will actually be the City of Brotherly Love for just one night.
I love it. Tell your friends. Tell everyone. If you’re going to Tuesday night’s game against the Nationals, get off your butt and cheer on your Phils. No matter what. Clap, root, yell “yeah!”, whatever. Just cheer them on. Who knows — it could mean good things.