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Philadelphia fans fanatic about booing Drew debut

J.D. Drew learned something Monday during his first appearance at Veterans Stadium: In the city where booing is an art form, decoys don't work.

Drew, the player who refused to sign with the Phillies after they made him the No.

2 pick in the 1997 amateur draft, received loud boos during batting practice before the Cardinals played Philadelphia.

But that was the only chance to boo him. Drew's Philadelphia debut was nixed by a hand bruise that kept him out of the starting lineup.

And even though bullpen catcher Jeff Murphy wore Drew's jersey for BP, fans booed the right Drew.

"I never had a problem with the people of Philadelphia," Drew said. "Hopefully, that clears it up."

Not yet, apparently.

Wearing a bandage on his bruised right hand, Drew laughed throughout his BP session. He homered once, a line drive to right that was thrown back onto the field.

After hitting, Drew ran to the outfield and drew cheers for booting three straight grounders.

There was a beefed-up security and police presence at the stadium, and those on the field included Cardinals security director Joe Walsh.

Moments before the game, the Phillie Phanatic placed several fake money bags in front of the Cardinals' dugout, then hid behind his all-terrain vehicle with a mock dynamite blaster.

Asked if he would serve as a bodyguard, Mark McGwire said, "Absolutely not. No thank you."

_ TIMES WIRES

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