Few things are as exciting as Phillies spring training in Florida. Year after year, Phillies fans make the trip to Clearwater in part due to their home team loyalty. We expect the warm weather has a little to do with it, too.
Sonny Forriest Jr. makes that trip, too. The wheelchair-bound, one-legged war vet can often be found around Philadelphia with his boombox, cheering on the Phils in song. He’s a local staple. He’s a Clearwater nuisance.
The Daily News talked to Forriest, who says while singing outside Bright House Field Monday, a Clearwater police officer ticketed him for “loud and raucous noise. Played loud music from a portable radio attached to an electric chair. Music audible over 100 feet.”
Forriest says he caught the next flight home after he questioned the cop, who he says then grabbed him.
Is this what people mean when they refer to Philadelphia fans as loud, obnoxious and rude?