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Domonic Brown vs Philadelphia

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Mon, October 21, 2013 12:33 PM | Comments: 17
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It seems as though the relationship between the general population of Philadelphia sports fans and Domonic Brown is, to say the least, strained.

If you remember, Brown was a highly-touted prospect that was untouchable at one point — even in a possible trade for Roy Halladay. That alone put an enormous target on his back in the eyes of Phillies fans.

It took him a while to really break out for the Phillies, if you can even call it that at this point. He struggled mightily in his first 500 MLB plate appearances prior to 2013. A big influence to his struggles was the fact that he never really had a chance to work out the kinks at the major league level and find a groove. He would struggle, and instead of letting him figure it out, the Phillies would send him down. He was never with the big club for enough time to find his swing.

A faction of Phillies fans didn’t care. They were told that he was going to be good enough to be untradable. He needed to perform to justify that title. Some got tired of Brown, and wanted to see him traded while he still had value as a prospect. “The Phillies should cut their losses with Brown” was an all too common phrase prior to 2013.

Ruben Amaro Jr. was even rumored to be shopping Brown for Alfonso Soriano at one point. Pro-Brown fans grimaced at the idea.

Even though it was three years, Brown still hadn’t had 500 PAs yet. All the hate and backlash for him was overdone and premature. In 2013, he had a solid season and even made the All-Star team. But there was an interesting development. He joined Twitter.

A quick Google search for Kyle Williams’ mentions after he muffed two punts in the NFC Championship Game two years ago reveals what Twitter can do to an athlete.

So, as expected, people directed insults, racial slurs, and nasty comments at Brown after poor performances. To be fair, there’s plenty of positive comments in there as well.

But Brown did something that is now becoming controversial, as you’ll see in a little bit. He fought back. At first, it was playful. He and Cameron Rupp sported Dallas Cowboys jerseys in the Phillies’ clubhouse and posed for pictures. That ruffled some feathers in Philadelphia, to put it lightly. Even though the Eagles and Cowboys had not played yet, Philadelphians took his jersey-wearing personally.

A few days later, the Phillies posted a picture of a few players wearing Eagles hats in support of the team. Not coincidentally, Brown was one of those players. Maybe the Cowboys jersey incident would just blow over.

Fast forward to this past Sunday. The Eagles are hosting the Cowboys in a battle for first place. Into our timelines pops a picture of Brown at the Eagles-Cowboys game, sporting a Dez Bryant jersey with a group of other Cowboys fans — Mike Adams included.

Immediately, “fans” directed absurdly hateful things at Brown. From calling for him to be traded, to wanting him to literally break his leg, the stir he had created was stunning. And the funny part? He knew exactly what he was doing. He knew it would spark rage with Phillies fans. He wanted to spark that rage.

If you aren’t familiar with the term “trolling,” it is basically the act of purposely ruffling feathers for entertainment. And this is exactly what Brown did. Flawlessly, I might add.

On Monday, after plenty of articles — local and national — were written, Brown was on Twitter, discussing Sunday’s events. Buried in the discussion was something very interesting. He said that “Philly doesn’t love” him.

An odd development.

He’s missing something. Philadelphia sports fans don’t dislike him, nor do they take kindly to being taunted. Regardless of whether or not you think it’s OK for him to root for the Cowboys openly in Philadelphia, toying with fans only to get sensitive about it makes little sense.

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  • Posts: 0 devin

    He pretty directly said multiple times on the twitter that he wants to get traded. He’s not trolling for fun, he’s intentionally antagonizing the fans to try to force a trade. I hope they bury him in AAA til he’s 40

     
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      He said no such thing. Stop the nonsense.

       
    • Posts: 0 gibbs57

      The fact you wrote “the twitter” makes me believe that you aren’t even on Twitter, and makes your entire statement sound nonsensical, which it was anyway.

       
      • Posts: 0 devin

        He’s since deleted it, but someone tweeted that we should trade him for Stanton and he replied “tell the phillies that”.

        Also, people who actually use twitter refer to a persons twitter page as their “twitter”. His twitter is the twitter I was referring to. It’s not The Twitter. It’s the word “the” and then the word “twitter.” Duh.

         
      • Posts: 0 devin

        Here, found it kind of. http://www.beerleaguer.com/beerleaguer/2013/10/dom-brown-philly-doesnt-love-me.html . No need to apologize, I can understand how my comment would come off as trolling. But Dom Brown really has made it clear he wants out and so I don’t want him here.

         
      • Posts: 0 schmenkman

        Any seven year old can tell you he means “don’t bother be with sh*t like that. If you want to trade me tell the Phillies.” If you’re not seven yet, I apologize.

         
    • Posts: 2952 Chuck A.

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      Twitter is a stupid enough name in and of itself….but “THE Twitter” is even more stupid.

       
      • Posts: 0 devin

        I realize I came across abrasively in my earlier posts, so even though you’re wrong and insulting I won’t take it personally. Just a friendly reminder not to jump on people without proper context.

         
      • Posts: 0 Jeff T

        Like when I came home from college in ’98 and my mom asked if I was on “the pot”

         
  • Posts: 0 Matt

    I don’t know why some of you fans think so highly of brown, to be frank, he only really had one great month of baseball, the rest of his time in the majors was ruined by injury. That alone is why I’d get rid of him. I mean come on who the hell hurts their knee on a bus, but he did , who the hell is out of a month because he banged his chin on the ground diving at a ball he should have caught standing up. He’s right us philly fans have no love for a guy who will spend every year on the DL. Im not sure why the Phillies think so highly of him , he can’t field very well and has no aim with his throwing to home plate. o-yeah and hes another lefty ,, just what the team needs. im sorry to say all this, because I really wanted him to be great but the sad truth is he needs to be moved/traded. No room for another injury prove player.

     
  • Posts: 0 George

    Judging by the majority of comments here, I’d say that Brown is only telling the truth: Philly DOESN’T love him.

    Also, whoever wrote this article seems to be fanning the flames. “Don’t dislike him” is a pretty weak statement, and “toying with fans only to get sensitive about it makes little sense” is nothing more than his own questionable opinion of what Brown may or may not have intended, and to my mind is very insensitive and inflammatory.

     
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      Only 2 of the commenters here don’t like Brown, and I think that’s a microcosm of the fanbase overall, where there’s a vocal minority who don’t like him. He’s liked a lot more than he thinks.

       
      • Posts: 0 George

        The few other commenters were mostly responding to the tirades of those two who hate Brown, but didn’t really say much about Brown himself. I’ve read far to many negative remrks about Brown’s injuries, attitude, and second half sl;ump to put much faith in any “vocal minority” theory. I think it’s a majority who find Brown faulty, and that a lot of them aren’t even all that vocal. The positives seem for the most part to be in response to the negatives that other people say; it’s only been this season that Brown got any actual praise, and that very quickly evaporated with his second half.

        I happen to like Brown, myself. He’s improved himself through his own hard work, attempted to play through injuries, and has made some intelligent observations when interviewed. I don’t happen to care about his second half, because it’s a long season and he had injury concerns, like the concussion (which some players never recover from). And I certainly don’t care one quark what football team’s jersey he choose to wear. It’s not like he’s out slitting people’s throats or beating his wife, or fighting with his teammates.

         
  • Posts: 0 Double Trouble Del

    The problem with evaluating Mr. Brown is determining whether his 4 home run second half performance was indicative of future results. Perhaps if he had carried over some of that May-June magic into July, August and September he could have gone down to the sidelines, kissed Tony Romo and no real fan would care. But his second half performance was average or below and he was hurt which is a continuing issue for him.

     
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      Those 4 home runs work out to 17 over a full season of 650 PAs. Some of that was playing on a painful achilles. The first half pace was 39 per 650, and 32.5/650 overall. Almost every player has one better half. I’m more concerned about him being healthy enough to get those 650 PAs, instead of 540 like this year.

       
      • Posts: 4390 Lefty

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        That’s what I was thinking as well. What would his numbers be in a healthy 650 PA season? (relatively healthy anyway, no player makes it through without some aches) If he can do that, I think we would all be very happy with the numbers.

         
  • Posts: 0 wbramh

    Shameful Cowboys fan Dom Brown was relegated to left to make way for a drunken anti-Semite who refused to work out in the cold, never earned his starting job and made more money in one year than most of us do in 10 years – just to stink at what he does. But people were calling for Dom to go and throwing racial slurs at him. Sounds like they have a lot in common with the guy we had in right.

     
 
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