On Friday, Phillies fans lived up to the reputation that sports fans have created for the city of Philadelphia. The Phillies hosted the Atlanta Braves for their first home playoff game since 2011 and the fans were more than ready for the return of postseason baseball.
Braves DH Marcell Ozuna‘s first at bat in the second inning illustrated that perfectly. The Phillies faithful joined in on a loud “DUI” chant during the at bat. The chant could be heard throughout the ballpark and appeared to rattle the 10-year veteran.
Ozuna, who was arrested in August for a DUI, swung and missed at three pitches out of the zone during the plate appearance. It was the first of three strikeouts on the day for the DH.
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Ozuna would finish the game, a 9-1 loss to the Phillies, 0-for-4 with those three strikeouts. The win put Philadelphia up two games to one in the best of five series.
This isn’t the first time fans have gone after Ozuna. In his first at bat following his DUI arrest he was booed by Braves fans.
The DUI arrest for Ozuna wasn’t his first arrest either. Back in May of 2021, he was charged with aggravated assault by strangulation and battery after officers said they witnessed him attack his wife.
Those charges were dropped after Ozuna completed a pretrial diversion program.
You may not like everything they do, but I think even the biggest Phillies hater can respect Philly’s DUI chant. Twitter certainly enjoyed the trolling.
Game 4 of the Braves-Phillies series takes place on Saturday afternoon. Noah Syndergaard and Charlie Morton are the expected starters as the Braves face elimination.