Philadelphia Phillies fans still making noise, just outside Citizens Bank Park

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Friday, August 7, 2020
Phillies fans making noise outside Citizens Bank Park
Dedicated Phillies fans are finding ways to support their team in person even if they can't get in the ballpark.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Dedicated Phillies fans are finding ways to support their team in person even if they can't get in Citizens Bank Park and not everyone is happy about it.

One group calling themselves the "Phandemic Krew" at the gate outside the ballpark cheering every chance they get.

Bizette Gailewicz brought her son Thursday to join in the fun.

"For his birthday, we come every year to celebrate and I had to keep the tradition alive. Even though it looks different this year we still managed to see the Phanatic," Gailewicz.

The Phanatic loved the in-person interaction, cheering on the fans from the other side of the gate, but the Phils' opponents, the New York Yankees, weren't too pleased.

In the Thursday night's game, J.T. Realmuto hit a three-run homer, Hector Neris struck out Aaron Judge in a big spot and the Phillies beat the Yankees 5-4.

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The loud fans who gathered beyond center field screamed "Sign J.T." after the All-Star catcher circled the bases. Realmuto can be a free agent after the season.

"It definitely doesn't hurt. It's nice to hear something out there and hear that support," Realmuto said. "It's better to have them out there than not."

Philadelphia Phillies fans watch from an outfield gate during the first inning of the first game in doubleheader against the New York Yankees, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020.
AP Photo/Matt Slocum

The "Phandemic Krew's" name is a nod to the coronavirus pandemic that has kept fans from attending games in stadiums this season, and to Krew Harper, the son of outfielder Bryce Harper.

The group annoyed Yankees manager Aaron Boone by blowing an air horn throughout the night. He mentioned it to umpires but they couldn't prevent the fans from using it.

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After the Phils' broadcast mentioned Boone's visit to the umpires, the fans began chanting Boone's name, but they did stop blowing the air horn during pitches.

"The environment we're in, it's almost like a golf environment where that sudden thing can ... So I thought there was a timing element to it," Boone said. "I didn't necessarily think they would be able to do anything about it. I didn't necessarily know who or where it was coming from, but it was something I at least wanted to point out."


ESPN & The Associated Press contributed to this report