"They don't know what they're talking about"

Never one to hold his tongue, Billy Wagner has plenty to say about pitching in Philadelphia and plenty to say about Phillies fans. The strange thing is the timing; the comments came as the Phillies were on their hottest streak of the season.

One of the reasons that the Houston Astros made Billy Wagner available was his huge contract. The other - and some say the biggest reason - was his huge mouth. Wagner had bashed Houston management not long before his exit from the Astros.

Now, with the Phillies clawing their way through the National League East and putting together their hottest streak in some time, Wagner decided to speak out about pitching in Philadelphia.

His comments came after Wagner notched his 14th save of the season in Sunday's 7-6 win over Arizona. In the game, Wagner allowed a run in the ninth inning before getting Shawn Green to ground out to end the game with the tying run on third. Wagner was asked if he felt bad about the nerve wracking outing. "He's making, what, $15 million and I'm making $9 million. He's supposed to get me. He's the one who should feel bad."

Wagner went on to voice his displeasure with pitching at Citizens Bank Park. "You don't have to hit the ball to get runs here. It's tough to pitch here, not because of the atmosphere, but because a popup is a home run."

While his comments were mainly directed at the park - which according to stats from last season wasn't as homer happy as many believe - and at Arizona's Shawn Green, Wagner had more to say.

The conversation turned to talking about the atmosphere around Citizens Bank Park and how it's changed since the Phillies started winning. Wagner is not impressed.

"When you win, (fans) will be here. They're as front-running as anywhere else."

Then, the conversation turned directly to fans. Especially to those who like to taunt both the visiting team and, at times, the Phillies relievers in the bullpens. "They don't know what they're talking about," he said. "They're guys who never played. They couldn't play if they were drafted. That's just the way it is."


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