You gotta admit it. Philly fan has to be the most insane devotee to his teams ever.
During last night’s game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals in Philadelphia, a 17-year-old Steve Consalvi ran onto the field in what I’m guessing was an attempt to join the legions of notable patrons of Philly sports.
He succeeded — just not in the way he expected. Meet Taser Baseball Boy.
An officer used a Taser to subdue the enthusiast who went down in a heap. Several Phillies placed gloves over their faces and appeared to be stifling laughter at the wild scene — in the so-called City of Brotherly Love.
The best part is that Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey reviewed the tape and felt the officer had acted within the department's guidelines, which allow officers to use Tasers to arrest fleeing suspects. Though Ramsay did allow that perhaps the police should leave chasing fans on the field who don't appear to pose a threat to team security.
This of course is not the first time an athletic supporter (sorry, but I could not resist) from the city of Brotherly Love has made the news. Remember this is the city that felt the need to install a criminal courthouse and jail at the old Veterans Stadium to deal with the rowdies at Eagles games.
Philly fan is also known for cheering as Dallas Cowboy Michael Irvin lay unconscious on the field after a brutal hit ended his career. And, who can forget the time they booed a person dressed as Santa Claus who was part of a halftime ceremony. Now that’s class!
This passion is nothing new either. In 1949, the Phillies were forced to forfeit a game with Giants after fans unleash a 15-minute barrage of glass-bottle throwing. They were upset by a call against Phillies' center fielder Rich Ashburn.
My personal favorite Philly moment involves leaving the old “Vet” after a Texans-Eagles game. The Texans team bus was leaving the stadium as fans headed to the parking lot. A dad and his young son turned towards the bus and in a touching family moment, flipped the Texans players matching one-finger salutes.
Yes, they learn at an early age what it takes to be a fan in Philadelphia.