Former MLB infielder Trevor Plouffe says Phillies fans are “more brutal” than Yankees fans
The brave baseball shot of the day belongs to former, short-lived Philadelphia Phillies infielder Trevor Plouffe, who claims Phillies fans are more brutal than New York Yankees fans.
The context for this claim was the potential landing site of Japanese star Seiya Suzuki, who was posted by the Hiroshima Carp of the Nippon Professional Baseball League prior to the lockout but had not selected an MLB team prior to the lockout. The outstanding outfielder comes from a 38 homer season in which he reached .317 / .433 / .636 with 1,069 OPS in 134 games.
Plouffe’s Phillies comments began flatteringly before focusing on him twice each with the words “brutal” and “tough”:
Chris Rose: Which landing spot does he enjoy the most?
Trevor Plouffe: I think a place like the Yankees might be the funniest. My first answer to that was the Phillies.
Rose: That was mine.
Pluff: I think it kind of works, but I don’t want this for him. I don’t want him to play in Philadelphia.
Rose: Why about the pressure cooker?
Pluff: Kind of. I feel bad talking about the Phillies like that. I actually think they’re a pretty good organization. I think Philadelphia would be hard to get to. It’s like your first taste of being in America … playing in the States … doing that … and you’re playing in Philadelphia. And if you have a bad time in the first few weeks, they’ll turn you on right away. That is hard.
Rose: Wait, you just said the Yankees. How is that different?
Pluff: Because you really know this is going to happen in New York. First, I actually think that New York fans aren’t as brutal as Philadelphia fans. I think New York if he comes around they give him a couple of weeks to a month before they really start to piss him off. As Philly, I think it’s like the first series.
Rose: Remember, Giancarlo Stanton got that five strikeout game very early in his New York tenure. I think they were boos.
Pluff: New York just needs to see a homer. You just have to see [a little of] whatever you promised and they can ride with you for a bit. I think Philly is more brutal than New York.
Plouffe did spend some time playing in Philadelphia, but it was short. Of his seven games, which were played in a Phillies jersey in 2018, only four took place in Philadelphia. That’s a pretty small sample size, especially considering it’s just getting started one these games.
In fact, in Plouffe’s entire 830-game career, those four games were the only ones he played in Philadelphia. The rest was spent with smaller teams whose fan bases are far lessâ¦ intense than Phillies and Yankees fans.
But Plouffe’s playing career also ended years ago, and the organization of the Phillies is completely different now. Dave Dombrowski is the president of the baseball division, Matt Klentak is gone, Bryce Harper and Zack Wheeler are here, and the team has just completed its first winning season since 2011. You’re building something fascinating; the time of the Phillies is coming.
Meanwhile, the situation in the Bronx has worsened significantly since Plouffe’s game days. In fact, the Yankees and Red Sox faced each other in the 2018 ALDS just days after Plouffe played the last game of his career in the big league. When the series turned to the Bronx for Game 3, Yankees fans loudly booed their own expensive star, Giancarlo Stanton, but gave a standing ovation, Sox pitcher David Price, which the Americans lit in Game 2 at Fenway. Booing their own players is a common occurrence among Yankees fans.
The Yankees have not won the AL pennant or a World Series championship since 2009, the year after the Phillies last won their own. Every time New York hits postseason lately (every season since 2017), they are easily defeated by their opponents, leading to growing discontent among their own passionate and vocal fan base.
Wanting to protect a star player who enters uncharted territory is noble. But no matter which team Suzuki signs with, the extensive contract he’s supposed to command will scrutinize him, and he knows it. So while Plouffe may be on the lookout for Suzuki’s best interests, he doesn’t have to badmouth the fans for that.