After last night’s late-game heroics, the road-tripping Phillies return home tonight to a sea of red.
And it sounds like the players think they're in for a rude reception within the gates of Citizens Bank Park.
“They are kind of rude there," said Boston third baseman Mike Lowell, according to the American Chronicle. “In New York, you hear 'you (stink)' a lot, which I think you can deal with. They are a little more personal in Philadelphia.”
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This season things are going to get a lot more personal as the defending World Champions take on their 2007 counterparts.
Both teams are playing red-hot baseball. The Bo Sox have won eight of 10 and moved two games ahead of the Yankees after their three-game sweep of the Bronx Bombers.
While the Phillies are a miserable 3-12 against Boston since 2004, they have won 10 of their last 13 and aim to ride the winning wave into interleague play.
With both teams leading their respective divisions, it’s not a stretch to think that after this weekend, the two teams could meet again in October.
Boston will put Jon Lester (4-3) on the hill tonight against Joe Blanton (5-5).