Just in case the existing World Series plot lines weren’t enough to drum up interest in the Fall Classic, the New York Post has decided to raise the stakes. They’re rolling out all the stops in advance of tomorrow’s series opener between the Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies, including trotting out a graphic that features Phillies centerfielder Shane Victorinio wearing a skirt.
The art accompanies a story from the “My-City-is-Better-than-Your-City” file that contains some pretty pointed barbs at Will Smith’s hometown, painting it as a second-class town with second-rate fans.
Bleacher Bums get a bad rap, said Tanner McLoud, 42, of Long Island. But if you’ve ever been to the old Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, you’d realize just how much worse Phillies fans are. You can’t go to a game without getting booze thrown at you! Gotham has been regularly beating the pants off Philly since overtaking the one-horse town as the nation’s economic capital in the early 19th century. … I briefly lived in Philadelphia and I couldn’t wait to get out, the Brooklyn writer said. Their fans are whiners, the food is lousy and there is nothing to do. New York is all about being on top, with no excuses — just like the Yankees.
After all the comparisons between the teams and the cities, it gets personal. So personal in fact, some bold Yankees fans go after the Philly cheesesteak.
The big meal there is a steak with cheese and onions on a hero, but they don’t even call it a hero. It’s a hoagie. What the hell is a hoagie? said Ron Montclane, 26.
A dress-free Victorino and his besmirched Phillies brethren will face CC Sabathia in Game 1 tomorrow night.