It's the biggest crutch of many a sports writer across the country to perpetuate their narrative that Philadelphia sports fans are the worst humans ever created. Yet it happened well over 40 years ago and very few people actually know the real story or background.
Today, Ray Didinger treats us to a first-hand account from the KYW newsman who actually reported the story way back in 1968. You can go read the whole account if you'd like, but here's my favorite part:
For the most part, the incident otherwise was viewed as a non-story.
What I want to know is where is this video tape he says existed of the incident?
The only other account of the incident I've ever read that appears to be worthwhile is in Glen Macnow and Anthony Gargano's "The Great Philadelphia Fan Book." [Google Books link to tale] They play up the shoddiness of the makeshift Santa and also point out how drunk he may or may not have been.
The moral of the story? Philadelphians threw snowballs at Santa once in 1968. That was over 40 years ago. But we'd still probably do it again if it snowed this coming Sunday.
After all, Andy Reid probably put Santa in that position.
The Phillies' depth at second base has taken a hit.
Jesmuel Valentin, the starter at Triple A Lehigh Valley, is headed for surgery after dislocating his left shoulder. General manager Matt Klentak indicated that it was likely Valentin would miss the remainder of the season.
Valentin, 23, made a good showing in big-league spring training camp and, in fact, was the last position player cut from the 25-man roster. He had been off to a slow start at Lehigh Valley, hitting just .229 with a .573 OPS in his first 29 games.
With Valentin out, the Phillies could promote top second base prospect Scott Kingery from Double A to Triple A. While that is likely to happen at some point, nothing is imminent, Klentak said. The IronPigs will use veteran Pedro Florimon at second for the time being.
Kingery, 23, has been on a tear at Reading. He entered Monday leading the Eastern League in homers (13), extra-base hits (25) and slugging (.651). Overall, he was hitting .289 with a 1.018 OPS.
"Not imminent," Klentak said of a possible promotion for Kingery. "Very possible down the road. We've got more than enough infield coverage (at Triple A) to be fine and Kingery is good where he is."
Kingery, a 2015 draft pick, played just 37 games at the Double A level last season. He entered Monday having played in 37 games there this season.
Kingery on Monday was named the Eastern League player of the week for May 15-21. He went 9 for 30 with five homers, six RBIs, nine runs scored and an .833 OPS.
With all the bat flips going on in Major League Baseball by the likes of Odubel Herrera and Jose Bautista, it's a good bet that kids watching the game are taking notice.
Gloucester Catholic High School's Chris Turco has apparently seen the celebration.
In a game on Sunday, Turco launched the ball high above the wall in left field. However, he may have launched the bat even higher.
Look at this ridiculous bat flip.
According to Kevin Minnick of South Jersey Sports Digest, both of the next hitters were plunked and Turco's team lost.
Despite that, Turco is giving the pros a run for their money in the bat flip department.