Showering boos on the opposition, and even on the home team, is a house specialty in Philadelphia.
With J.D. Drew playing his first game at Veterans Stadium on Tuesday night, batteries were the object of derision du jour. And no one was more embarrassed than the Phillies.
"It's a disgrace," said Ron Gant, who crushed his former team for the second straight night with a three-run double that gave the Phillies a 7-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. "That's not an intelligent thing to do."
The batteries thrown at centerfielder Drew overshadowed a second straight night of revenge for Gant, who homered twice in a 12-6 loss to St. Louis on Monday night. He drilled an 0-and-1 pitch from Ricky Bottalico into the right-centerfield gap to complete a four-run inning.
Gant feuded with Cardinals manager Tony La Russa after he was traded in the off-season to Philadelphia in a deal that included Bottalico.
Drew, who refused to sign with the Phillies after they made him the second pick in the '97 draft, was booed and serenaded by the crowd of 48,514 in his first game in Philadelphia. He responded with a triple, two runs, an RBI and a stolen base.
The environment turned ugly in the eighth when play was stopped for about 10 minutes while umpire Ed Montague dealt with the battery shower.
"I've heard some rumors around that they do it every now and then," Drew said. "In the back of my mind, I was hoping that they wouldn't. I think they did a good job the way they handled it."
While making a pitching change, La Russa escorted Drew off the field and met with the umpires. Public address announcer Dan Baker warned that the Phillies would forfeit if more objects were thrown.
MARLINS 8, GIANTS 7 (12): Dave Berg went 4-for-4 with four RBI, including his second straight game-winning single, as host Florida rallied.
Florida, which has won five straight, overcame a 6-2 deficit and led 7-6 before Bill Mueller tied the score with a two-out single in the ninth off Antonio Alfonseca.