Philadelphia: for a brief period of time, the City of Brotherly Love, the home of Benjamin Franklin, Rocky, and the greatest sandwich in America, also served as our nation’s capital. Those who know and love it realize their National League Champion baseball team is getting a lot of attention, not for how they are performing, but how their fans are. On April 15, a 21-year-old fan allegedly vomited intentionally on the 11-year-old daughter of an off-duty cop, Easton Police Capt. Michael Vangelo. Less than one month later, 17-year-old Steven Consalvi ran on the field and was tasered by a cop. The Chicago Breaking News article Tasered teenager, family apologize to Phillies reports that “Consalvi’s zapping has been viewed more than 300,000 times on YouTube, and it’s been a big talker with fans at ballparks far and wide in the past few days. Few have offered their sympathies.” My guess is by now, that number has doubled, if not tripled.What strikes me in the video clip isn’t the impetuous yet (somewhat) likely decision of a teenage boy or the questionable use of the taser gun, but the reaction of Phillies’ first baseman, Ryan Howard. Behind the glove or not, clearly, he’s laughing. Some players are shaking their heads, others hold looks of amusement but Howard and many fans are cracking up. And, I found myself laughing with them and because of them.
- What qualifies as appropriate humor?
- Can anything good come out of Citizen’s Park?