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New York can try cheering struggling stars instead of booing

I am aware that there are some issues with this. As a general rule, I know that New York sports fans prefer to dress up as Bryce Harper or Jalen Hurts for Halloween over what Philadelphia fans do. As a general rule, New York fans only boo when it’s for a good reason and don’t want to boo, but I know they consider it a rite of passage to boo players who perform poorly. Masu. And those athletes generally understand, too.

And assuming you remain civil, I’m not the one to tell you what to do if you pay a lot of money to go to a game. Want to boo your lungs? You paid for that privilege. Just don’t throw anything. Keep it PG, especially if you have kids. But do you want to boo? of course. Please boo.

got it.

It’s all…

It’s kind of hard to just brush off what happened in Philadelphia this summer. In early August, Trea Turner, who was signed by the Phillies for a big deal in the offseason, was having a tough time. On the night of August 4th, he was hitting .237 for the season. As his average plummeted, he was booed endlessly, even his mother famously booing him one night. A pro’s pro, Turner embraced bile and was a stand-up man most nights. But he couldn’t get out of his own way.

Trea Turner appears to have turned his season around with the support of his fans.
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The night before, Jack Fritz, a producer at talk radio station WIP, posted on social media: “The post-fight interview was tough. He was in the cage until midnight. IMO, a standing O will go a long way on Friday.”

The immediate reaction was as expected. Asking Philadelphians not to boo when they play poorly is like asking a terrier not to bark at squirrels. The idea of ​​giving a billionaire athlete a pass? I mean, people there don’t like it when we keep bringing this up, but they once booed Santa Claus at Veterans Stadium!

But something interesting happened.

The next night, when Turner took his first at-bat against the Royals at Citizens Bank Park, 42,326 fans rose to their feet and gave him a long standing ovation. That night, Turner had a hit. He had a 10-game hitting streak and raised his batting average to .252. From that moment until the end of the season, Turner batted .337 with a 1.057 OPS and had a great playoff performance.

Now, can we credit all of this to the standing O? Mr. Turner certainly appreciated that. Her mother cried when she saw that, and the booing stopped. By October, Mr. Turner could have been elected to the city council.

Say it like this:

It certainly didn’t hurt.

This raises the following questions:

Maybe Zach Wilson will get more cheers.
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Jets fans ignored the inevitable three-and-out that would litter the first quarter of Monday night’s game against the Chargers and stood alone on Zach Wilson’s first series of the second quarter, giving him Is it time to give a long fight or stand?

Maybe it’s time for Knicks fan nights to start shouting “Julias Randle!!!” When the Knicks host the Clippers on Monday night? Things got off to a bad start on opening night as the Garden side gave Evan Fournier a warmer welcome than Julius, but they’re shooting blanks so far this season. The fact that this is the case doesn’t help either. Hey, that’s not something a well-timed standing O of him can’t fix, right?

Last year in Cleveland, when the Knicks were putting the finishing touches on the Cavaliers, I thought I was a little embarrassed, but the fans at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse gave me a warm ovation late in the fourth quarter. I thought it was downright offensive when the Oklahoma City crowd gave the Thunder a standing ovation and a long applause after the starters were pulled minutes before the end of the elimination game.

That’s the opposite of, wow, wow, this. After all, no matter how you react, it won’t change the outcome that has already been determined.

Julius Randle has had a rough start to the year for the Knicks.
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Still…it’s hard to argue with what happened in Philadelphia. 100 times out of 100 in the past, Turner would have had to launch himself out of the boo bird’s nest. Not this time. Phillies fans tried a little kindness. It might not be a bad idea to try to imitate this area.

I’m not going to hold my breath though.

Wack’s Wack

The New York State Baseball Hall of Fame will announce its new class next week, but the two names I’m most excited to see are: Todd, one of the truly good players in the clubhouse I’ve ever met; Zale and longtime Mike Pienkos He was the coach at Chaminade High School and not only was he a great baseball coach for decades, but he actually went out of his way to make geoscience interesting and fun for then-freshmen. Succeeded.


“Saturday Night Live” has been hot and cold over the years, but Nate Bargatze delivered one of the best episodes in a long time last week. For me, my go-to stand-ups these days are Bargatze and John Mulaney.


This week we said goodbye to Jack Currie from Yes and Jack Auvine, father-in-law of our old postie mate Ian O’Connor. O’Connor was more than just a gentleman’s gentleman; he was also a great baseball and basketball player in his time. It was an honor to be his friend.


Al Davis and George Steinbrenner — great friends whose birthdays were also on the Fourth of July — have said something somewhere about how their sons run the Raiders and Yankees. I think he was talking about.

Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis watches before a game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on November 27, 2022 in Seattle, Washington.
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hit back vac

matt deakin: I’ll admit there are a lot of things wrong with the Giants, but my question is: Is offensive coordinator Mike Kafka part of the solution or part of the problem?

back:I’m leaning towards the solution. Brian Daboll wasn’t the only one who helped Daniel Jones earn a big contract last year.


Jake McNicholas:There was a Dominican nun. There were brothers who were Franciscans. There was a training instructor for the United States Marine Corps. It didn’t bother me. But I always thought Bobby Knight was a coward and a punk.

back: The most surprising thing about Knight is that for a man who demanded absolute discipline from his players, he had very little of it himself.


@David Mapane:My take on Brian Daboll last week is the opposite of everyone else’s. It was great coaching. He didn’t take any risks by not pitching with a QB on the practice squad and still put his team in a solid position to win. unprecedented.

Brian Daboll was forced to use Tommy DeVito in the second half of last Sunday’s game against the Jets.
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@MikeVacc: On Friday night, we saw Syracuse let their backup quarterback pitch the entire game, and he was picked off four times. Would people have been happier if Dabhol had gone in that direction?


robert feuerstein:I sat in the pouring rain watching the Jets vs. Giants game, and it basically looked like a high school football game. I peeked in on the way home to check the final score. Jets 13, Giants 10. Yes, Snoring Board never lies.

back: I had to print this letter so I wouldn’t embarrass myself and steal a “snoring board” someday, somewhere.

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