Originally Posted by M2
Maybe I'm meeting the exceptions, but I vastly prefer the pathology of the Cubs fans I've met than the Phillies fans I've known (and often am related to).
M2, I'm relatively neutral on the Cubs. In fact, in 2003 I was rooting for a Cubs/Red Sox World Series because the historian in my would have loved it. When I got Yanks/Marlins, I was thoroughly pissed. I do, however, despise it when Cubs fans seem to infiltrate our home park during Reds/Cubs games here in Cincy, but really the only cure for that is for us to start packing our own house. That way when the pack of Cubs fans attempt to come down for a series, they're either getting bent over by scalpers or aren't able to find a seat.
I did want to highlight what you stated above about Phillies fans too, because I'm guessing most Reds fans haven't had experiences with Phillies fans. If they have had experiences with Phillies fans, the hatred of the Cubs would be minimum compared to that of the Phillies.
Four buddies and I had the utter displeasure of taking in a pair of Reds/Phillies games this past May when the Reds went to Philly. One of my friends had a Kearns jersey on, I wore a Reds cap and for crying out loud you'd think both him and I killed everybody's mother. On five separate occasions I nearly got into a fight with a Phillies fan at the park simply because I had a Reds cap on, and those people would literally swarm around you heckling you as you walked through the park. My buddy with the Kearns jersey tried to take a piss one time, and a Phillies fan followed him into the restroom, then stood outside the stall door banging on it, all the while dropping a barrage of profanities about how much the Reds suck. If you have any type of clothing/cap on representing the visiting team, there's no such thing as watching a simple baseball game in peace; Phillies fans won't let you.
It's no surprise if anyone ever asks me my opinion of Philadelphia that I tell them the city is a complete dump.