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Braves Manager Brian Snitker’s Family Skips Opening Day in Philadelphia Due to ‘Hostile Crowd’

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Brian Snitker spent nearly four decades with the Atlanta Braves. During this time, he became familiar with what it takes to manage Philadelphia Phillies crowds.

Snitker recently spoke about how some Phillies fans treated his family and friends during the National League Division Series last season. Snitker said some fan behavior concerns him.

“It’s tough out there,” Snitker said in an interview last week with Atlanta radio station WZGC. “And it doesn’t seem to bother them either, quite honestly. The last year has been tough on all of them, to the point where it was worrying.”

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Brian Snitker of the Atlanta Braves watches a Grapefruit League spring training game against the New York Yankees at CoolToday Park on March 21, 2024, in North Port, Florida. (Matthew Grimes Jr./Atlanta Braves/Getty Images)

The Braves won the World Series in 2021 and have won the NL East crown six years in a row. But the Phillies recently had the Braves’ number in the postseason. Philadelphia has qualified for the playoffs as a wild-card team the past two years, knocking off Atlanta two years in a row in an NLDS.

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The Phillies’ Citizens Bank Park is celebrating its 20th anniversary this season. It has become known as one of the loudest and most hostile environments for opposing teams.

Snitker said Philadelphia had “by far the most hostile crowd” and that his wife would refuse to return to the Phillies ballpark.

When asked what made his family feel unsafe at the stadium, Snitker said, “I’m not going to get into all that. Let’s talk about it today.”

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Manager Brian Snitker (43) of the Atlanta Braves greets manager Rob Thomson (59) of the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on March 29, 2024, in Philadelphia. (Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

“My wife is babysitting and the grandkids are in school,” Snitker said in the Atlanta dugout. “Honestly, they wouldn’t be anywhere else but home.

“This is a passionate fan base, and there’s a lot of energy in the air, and rightfully so,” Snitker said. “It’s a really good club. These fans are passionate about what they do. It’s a fun place to come and play, quite honestly, because there’s a lot of energy.”

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Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker has words with an umpire during a game against the Kansas City Royals April 14 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (William Purnell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Snitker brushed off nearly 45,000 booing fans and flashed a wide smile and laugh as he ran to the third-base line during lineup introductions before Atlanta’s 9-3 win over the Phillies on opening day.

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“They don’t boo anybody,” Braves star pitcher Spencer Strider said. “That’s what I’ve been told. I like playing here. It’s a fun place to play. There are passionate fans and a good team on the other side of the field. Usually that leads to a good match.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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