Gabe Kapler put to rest any notion that the bitter Philadelphia sports fan might be softening in the wake of championships won by the Eagles and Villanova men’s basketball this year. 

The Phillies manager was booed before he could even take the field at Citizens Bank Park, as a 1-4 road trip – including a pair of egregious or questionable moves by Kapler – put Philly fans in a salty mood before the club’s home opener. 

While the boos weren’t overwhelming, they were certainly a level or two above palpable as Kapler, 42, took the field. 

Kapler brought with him a deep analytical background combined with the clubhouse credibility of a former major league outfielder. But some of that credibility was forfeited when Kapler’s aggressive bullpen management in the opening series preceded him summoning a reliever who had not yet thrown a warm-up pitch.

The road trip ended Wednesday when the New York Mets hit a go-ahead triple over the head of outfielder Nick Williams, who was playing extremely shallow. 

Thursday, Kapler finally heard a hometown referendum on his moves. Suffice to say, it may be an uphill climb for him in Philly.

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