Last night was the final episode of Philadelphia Comcast Sportsnet’s Philly Villains. And I for one am sad about that. This show was all kinds of awesome, so I really hope they do more like it in the future. Because it’s been an absolute blast to watch and write about. To review the other 17 villains check out: Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4
Villain #3 – Former Toronto Blue Jay Joe Carter. Date: October 23, 1993 Location: Sky Dome, Toronto, Canada The Offense: The Blue Jays were up 3-2 in the series but the Phillies had a one-run lead heading into the bottom of the ninth and all they needed was for Mitch “The Wild Thing” Williams to close it out and tie the series up. Well, if you didn’t know what happened, it’s not hard to guess. Carter ended up hitting a 3-run homer to not only win the game, but win the 1993 World Series.
And that moment crushed the hearts of all Philadelphia sports fans who had been craving a world championship. The last one prior to was the 76ers winning in 1983. Have Phillies fans forgiven Carter? Doubt it. Check out the video below to either relive that dreadful moment or see why Carter is considered a Philly villain. You can also watch the CSN Philly clip here.
Villain #2 – Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant. So what is Philly fans’ beef with Kobe? Well, he attended high school in Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania which happens to be a suburb of Philly. He was never a Philadelphia 76er and it’s not like he pulled a J.D. Drew, because he was never drafted by the Sixers. Kobe assured his villain status when he denounced that he ever lived in Philadelphia. And when he was asked where he was from, his reply would be…Los Angeles. OUCH! That’s kind of NO-NO!
Granted Kobe grew up and lived all over the world, traveling with his father Joe Bryant, who was also a professional basketball player. So Kobe didn’t reside in Lower Merion his whole life, so maybe it’s fair to agree with him on where he’s from. And I think fans would respect that, had Kobe should have just kept his mouth shut about it. But he chose to diss Philly and seemed to take great pleasure in sticking it to Philly fans. Watch the clip here.