Earlier this week, Chris Christie took it upon himself to call out the entire city of Philadelphia as well as the Phillies. Christie went on to say how the Phillies have an "angry, bitter fan base" and that Philadelphia is filled with "awful, angry people."
A day later, Phillies legend Larry Bowa fired back at Christie with a few jabs of his own, even inviting the New Jersey governer to "come down here and take a few ground balls."
It now seems like Mike Trout has taken offense to Christie's comments as well. Trout, who is from Millville, New Jersey, and bleeds Eagles green, was asked about the New Jersey governer's comments Saturday at a press conference.
"As an Eagles fan, we're passionate about the team and we want them to win and to do good," Trout said, per Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. "In sports in general, [Phillies fans] love their teams."
In typical Philadelphia fashion, Trout couldn't help but take a dig at Christie for his Cowboys fandom.
"I think he's a Cowboys fan, right?" Trout said of Christie. "I was sorry to hear that."
The single biggest scandal of Chris Christie's political career isn't going away anytime soon.
No, forget Bridge-Gate.
Because earlier this week, the governor of New Jersey ripped Philadelphia fans, calling them "generally angry, awful people." He also characterized Citizens Bank Park as an unsafe place.
This ill-advised rant on SNY TV has been met with the exact responses you'd imagine. Fans scoffed, the Phillies threw some shade and Larry Bowa extended a friendly invitation.
But Philadelphia's mayor, Jim Kenney, might have had the best response of all. On 94WIP this morning, he actually managed to paint the blowhard politician into a somewhat sympathetic and disconsolate figure.
"You’re gonna think this is strange for me to say this, but I kind of feel sorry for the guy,” Kenney said to the 94WIP Morning Show. “He’s got the biggest 'L' on his forehead of anybody in the country. He’s the most unpopular [governor] of the state of New Jersey in history. He threw all of his people under the bus after he shut the bridge down, he’s gonna send some of those guys to jail. He ran for president for one hot-mess minute and then when that was over he was moon-dogging (Donald) Trump thinking he was going to get a big job but forgot that he put Jared Kushner’s father in jail. So he wasn’t going to become an attorney general.
“And now I think he’s just bitter and has got nowhere to go. Who’s gonna hire him? He can’t get elected to anything ever again and what corporation would ever take him on based on the all nasty things he said and the confrontations he's created. I just think he’s just done.”
Kenney 1, Christie 0.
Chris Christie went low on Phillies fans when he ripped into our city and our ball park the other night. In something of a disappointment, Phillies legend Larry Bowa mostly went high when he responded to Christie's comments on Friday down in Clearwater at the team's spring training complex.
"If Chris Christie wants to come down here and take some ground balls, I'll be glad to hit him some," Bowa told CSNPhilly's John Clark. "He needs a lot of work."
Bowa, now a Phillies bench coach, was known for never sugar coating things as a player and manager. So we're a little bummed he didn't swing back a little harder.
I guess we'll have to rely on the Phillies Twitter from now on when it comes to good digs.
Bowa also commented on the minor outrage over the Tug McGraw painting down at the Phillies Clearwater complex.