2011 Photo Day; A Fun Event or a Mauling By Rude Fans?

Saturday was the Phillies annual Photo Day where fans can go onto the field and take pictures of the players as they walk by.  This was the first year where most players did not pose with fans, mostly shaking hands and posing only for a few kids.  But I still got some nice photos:

And now, here is my rant on the subject.  Many fans who got there late and did not wait outside the stadium for 3 hours like I did to get a good spot in the front were very badly behaved.  I have this issue every year and every year it gets worse.  Late fans, adults and kids, try to knock me over and push past me to get at the players when they come out.

Bad parents try to push their kids in front of me and when one gets by, three or four more start shoving to get a spot.  I actually told an 8-year old boy who pushed past me, “I am sorry, but you need to go back to where your parents are.”  He left and, while I feel bad for the kid, it is not my fault that his parents are self-entitled jerks who are setting a bad example on how to behave.  I am not going to babysit someone else’s kids, nor am I going to give up my photo opportunity when I waited outside in the blistering heat for 3 hours to get that spot on the field.

I have brought my own kids to this event in the past and would never, and have never, encouraged them to behave in such a way.  I stopped bringing them because I felt it became dangerous as grown people pushed and shoved them and one year, I almost got into a fight over it.  The only reason I did not was because the other woman literally ran away from me, as well she should have.

Every year, I get hit in the head, elbowed in the side, etc… all while I am trying to shoot photos and get a handshake.  It is ridiculous and I wish that the Phillies would do something about it.  Make an announcement before the players come out, issue warnings…something to get these self-entitled fans to behave like humans instead of rabid animals.

Because on what should be a fun day, I should not be walking off the field limping and covered in bruises.  Every year I try to have a sense of humor about it, but it has really gotten out of hand.

I am curious to see if anyone else has had this experience or if I just look like a push-over so people aim for me?  I really don’t think I do, maybe just bad luck?  Let me know in the comments section what your experience has been.

Here are more PHOTOS from the event and also from the game, which I will be posting about next.


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Photos by Jenn Zambri Photography

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  2. mlblogsbarbward

    Jenn, so sorry that you had this experience. It’s a shame of what should otherwise be a delightful experience. I’ve never been so I can’t offer anything to say. Hang in there.

  3. Patti

    I agree Jenn. This gets worse every year with the rudeness of others shoving their kids at everyone that walks by. I have been stepped on, shoved, and almost had my camera knocked out of my hands several times. I think the event has gotten “too big”. The fans are hoping for a photo with their favorite player and each year, no matter where I stand, I see the players walking past fan areas and not even coming by. I was with a few people that were there for the first time yesterday and I felt badly for the disappointment on their faces at what took place. I actually had a guy shove in from behind me and then call someone on his phone to come and join him because there was “plenty of room”. A few minutes later, his wife and kids showed up and sure enough, they tried pushing us out of our spots. I ended up walking off the field at some point because the whole experience was a disappointment.

  4. Jacqueline

    Im sorry for your experience, although i was never pushed in photo day(ive been to it four times 2011,2010,2009, and 2004), ive had a few things. This year, most of the players didnt stop for pictures with fans. Ive been turned down by utley, two times , 2009 he past me, 2010 wasnt too bad and this year he ignored me when i asked to get a picture with him. Maybe its just luck to get a photo with him. but most of them only got pictures with a few adults and kids. Rollins wasnt too bad, he did pose for me. Roy Halladay was probably the only guy who stopped for a lot of people. Anyone who asked for a picture with him, he stopped. He even stopped for me,(this year and 2010) He is a true class act.

  5. Michele

    First, you got some really great pictures! I didn’t go this year but my husband and son did (they met my Aunt and Uncle there). We have gone every year since 2006 and my husband would agree that this year was the worst. We get there by noon and are usually one of the first in line to get in and we go to the same spot every year in right field. My husband said the pushing and parent sending their kids to push their way in was amazing. I personally would never do that (I’d be afraid for my kid). We are pretty lucky because my son gets recognized so we had some players stop and say hello but it was quick. We can only hope that next year is better!

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