The Chicago fans have been quieted. Boston backers, too. But Philadelphia Phillies fans? That might take some work.
As the Rays and Phillies prepare to square off in the World Series, it's worth noting that, technically, the Phillies have more history here than the Rays. Clearwater has been the Phillies' spring training home for more than 60 years, and even some longtime local baseball fans have pulled for the Phillies longer than the Rays have been a team.
So if you want to head to a bar to cheer for the Rays, be careful not to pick one of these Phillies fan hangouts:
Players Sports Lounge:This bar in the DoubleTree Hotel Tampa Airport is home of the Tampadelphia Eagles Fan Club, who meet each Sunday to eat cheesesteaks and watch their beloved Eagles. Today and Thursday, they'll be hosting Philadelphia TV and radio crews in town for the World Series. On Sunday, the Eagles play at 1 p.m., with Game 4 of the series that night. Talk about a full day. 4500 W Cypress St., Tampa; (813) 879-4800, tampadoubletree.com, tampadelphia.com.
Champps Restaurant & Bar:A group of Drexel University alumni will meet to cheer on the Phillies at 7:30 p.m. today at Champps at International Plaza. 2223 N West Shore, Tampa. RSVP to James Schmidt at (813) 316-8828.
Razzel's Bar: Is this smoky strip-mall dive a Phillies hangout? Not really. But it is a part of recent Phillies lore. In 2005, pitcher Cole Hamels, then with the Clearwater Threshers, was involved in a bar brawl at Razzel's with several Phillies and Blue Jays prospects that resulted in a broken bone in his left hand. He missed several months of action. It bears mentioning, if only for trash-talking. 2794 Gulf-to-bay Blvd. #5-6, Clearwater, (727) 797-9768.
Don't stay home
Beach Theatre: St. Pete Beach's indie theater is bumping some of its movies in order to screen World Series games 1 and 2 on a high-definition, 30-foot screen. Admission is free. 315 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach; (727) 360-6697
Vintage Ultra Lounge: A VIP party is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. today at Vintage, with Bucs cheerleaders and Coors Light girls in attendance. Organizers expect some football players to show up, too. Tickets are $40 for a pre-party; Coors Light products are all-you-can-drink from 6 to 9 p.m. For tickets and tables, call Michael Oz at Hype Media, (813) 374-0294. 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg.