Part one in a multi-story series.
Game one of the World Series kicked off Wednesday night, and Phillies fans were out in full force despite Mother Nature’s attempts to rain out the game.
Fox and Hound, one of Center City’s biggest sports bars, served as a perfect scene to take in game one.
By the bottom of the sixth inning, a mob of game-watchers already crowded the bar and began spilling out the door of the popular watering hole onto the corner of 15th and Spruce streets, as a brawl between a male Yankees fan and a gaggle of female Phillies fans was broken up inside the bar.
“The only difference between watching the game in New York and watching the game here is the number of people who get punched in the face,” said Phillies fan Jimmy Farrell.
A FOX-affiliate reporter in New York said Philadelphia’s only well-known athlete was Rocky, and he’s fictional.
“That insult is based on the presumption that the people of Philadelphia would take it as an insult,” Farrell said.
Clearly, participating in the series festivities is not for the faint of heart, even with Fox and Hound’s injury-preventative steps, such as only serving drinks in plastic cups and bottles.
Lifelong Phillies followers weren’t going to give up that easily. Alex Frigoletto, a senior marketing major at Temple, said following Philly sports is how she was raised.
“There’s a photo of me as an infant with a Phillies hat on, and another wearing Eagles stuff,” he said.
Surviving the upcoming week’s mania isn’t what Frigoletto is worried about, though. She said it’s her wallet.
“I’ll go out every night if my finances allow it,” she said.
Senior Ben Levy is proof that there’s no excuse to stay home on game night.
“I never come out, except now because we’re in the World Series.”
That sentiment goes for Yankees fans as well. Believe it or not there was a small group of Yankee lovers sitting at the bar. While they kept to themselves, many Phils fans couldn’t help but chuck drinks and trash at them.
Michelle Provencher can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.