They once booed Santa Claus in Philadelphia. Why not the singer of "God Bless America?"
Yep, it happened. Fans at Citizens Bank Park, angry over the ejection of Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino in the seventh inning on Sunday, went into boo mode, starting with home plate ump Ed Rapuano and continuing with the guy who sang "God Bless America" during the 7th inning stretch.
And they call Philadelphia the "City of Brotherly Love." Yeah, right.
The unhappiness started in the bottom of the sixth when Rapuano called out Ryan Howard on strikes to end the inning. At the time, the Marlins were clinging to a 3-1 lead. Howard didn't care for the call on the third strike, which appeared to be a touch low.
When Wes Helms stepped up to start the seventh, Rapuano called a ball on a low pitch from Phillies reliever Rodrigo Lopez. Victorino threw his arms up in center, and Rapuano -- spotting it -- walked onto the diamond and threw his thump up in the air, signaling an ejection.
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins thought he was the one being tossed and began to walk off the field. Once Rapuano made it clear he was ejecting Victorino, the center fielder charged toward the plate to confront the umpire and had to be separated by players and coaches.
The fans became vocal, at that point, and booed every strike and ball call that went against the Phillies. Lopez fell completely apart, and the Marlins exploded for six runs in the inning, which upset fans even more. But they saved their best for the singer, who grabbed the microphone and tried to calm the crowd by announcing "It's going to be all right" before he began singing.
During a pause in the song, one fan could be clearly heard to yell "You (stink)" to the singer. And everyone joined in a chorus of booing right after the ending lyrics, "My home sweet home."