Study finds Phillies fans less likely to ‘boo’ after win
Updated: July 8, 2010

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According to a new study by the University of Pennsylvania, Phillies fans are approximately 17 times more likely to ‘boo’ after a loss than if the team actually wins a game.

“This groundbreaking study dispels decades of speculation that fan booing occurred at random, regardless of the outcome of the game or the performance of individual players,” said research scientist Paul Hughes. “This information could change the way the Phillies play the game of baseball.”

The study was released a day after Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino spoke out about being criticized by fans for his lackluster play this season. However, after reading the report, Victorino realized the key to not being booed may lie in improving his on-field performance.

“If all I had to do was start hitting to get the fans behind me again, I would have done that a while ago,” said Victorino on Thursday. “I always thought complaining to the press was the answer.”

The report also stated that laying off of pitches outside of the strike zone may also cut down on the amount of boos by up to 100%.

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