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Phillies Fans Boo PhillieBot

Philadelphia is known as “The City of Brotherly Love”—that is unless you’re Santa Claus, Joe Carter or, say, the “PhillieBot.”

Prior to yesterday’s Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park a robot, developed by a couple of engineers from The University of Pennsylvania, took to the mound to toss out the game’s ceremonial first pitch. It was to be an historic afternoon, one that would be remembered by Philadelphians and droids forever. The “Philliebot” was said to be able to throw a ball at somewhere in the 40-mph range—in actuality, not so much.

Now, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Philly is a great town. Some of my closest friends hail from the area and would do anything for me, but they are a tough audience to please. After all, these are the same fans that booed Santa Claus! How do you boo St. Nick? Well, they had their reasons I’m sure…but what chance did a robot stand?

I wrote yesterday after reading this story that the robot would be in big trouble if he fell short of home plate. Guess what? It did. And it was booed mercilessly by the Phillies’ faithful as a result. As MyFoxPhilly.com points out, even the Phillie Phanatic, on the receiving end of the underwhelming toss, had some fun with the robot.

"But the robot's pitch bounced about 10 feet in front of the honorary catcher, the PhilliePhanatic.The sellout crowd responded by booing the robot and his friend.Then the Phanatic made fun of the robot by making circling motions next to his ear."

I don’t wanna say I told ya so…but I TOLD YOU SO.

Unless the young robot hit 102 MPH on the radar gun and struck out A-Rod in the process (and maybe cooked up some cheesesteaks, too), he was going to receive a lukewarm reception at best. But Aroldis Chapman it was not.Philly simply has no time for robots and were quick to let this one know it.

The good thing, though, is that I don't think we have to worry about robots becoming too smart and taking over the world. If “The City of Brotherly Love” is vigilant, robots everywhere will be afraid to do anything malevolent at all. Nice work, Philly. On behalf of the Human Race, well done. Treat yourselves to a “Wudder Ice!” You’ve earned it.

Philadelphia is known as “The City of Brotherly Love”—that is unless you’re Santa Claus, Joe Carter or, say, the “PhillieBot.”

Prior to yesterday’s Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park a robot, developed by a couple of engineers from The University of Pennsylvania, took to the mound to toss out the game’s ceremonial first pitch. It was to be an historic afternoon, one that would be remembered by Philadelphians and droids forever. The “Philliebot” was said to be able to throw a ball at somewhere in the 40-mph range—in actuality, not so much.

Now, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Philly is a great town. Some of my closest friends hail from the area and would do anything for me, but they are a tough audience to please. After all, these are the same fans that booed Santa Claus! How do you boo St. Nick? Well, they had their reasons I’m sure…but what chance did a robot stand?

I wrote yesterday after reading this story that the robot would be in big trouble if he fell short of home plate. Guess what? It did. And it was booed mercilessly by the Phillies’ faithful as a result. As MyFoxPhilly.com points out, even the Phillie Phanatic, on the receiving end of the underwhelming toss, had some fun with the robot.

"But the robot's pitch bounced about 10 feet in front of the honorary catcher, the PhilliePhanatic.The sellout crowd responded by booing the robot and his friend.Then the Phanatic made fun of the robot by making circling motions next to his ear."

I don’t wanna say I told ya so…but I TOLD YOU SO.

Unless the young robot hit 102 MPH on the radar gun and struck out A-Rod in the process (and maybe cooked up some cheesesteaks, too), he was going to receive a lukewarm reception at best. But Aroldis Chapman it was not.Philly simply has no time for robots and were quick to let this one know it.

The good thing, though, is that I don't think we have to worry about robots becoming too smart and taking over the world. If “The City of Brotherly Love” is vigilant, robots everywhere will be afraid to do anything malevolent at all. Nice work, Philly. On behalf of the Human Race, well done. Treat yourselves to a “Wudder Ice!” You’ve earned it.