Ricky Bottalico's criticism has become Marlins rallying cry originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Say it ain't so, BoBo. Has our beloved Phillies Pre and Postgame Live analyst become Miami's Michael Lombardi?
The Marlins are using Ricky Bottalico's "bottom feeder" description as a rallying cry. They celebrated Friday in T-shirts bearing those two words, which were uttered by Ricky Bo after the Phillies' season-opening loss to the Fish. (Ricky wants his royalties, btw.)
Hey, until they actually lose a playoff series ...
The original comment from Bottalico came after the Phillies' opening day loss to the Marlins, a theme that carried over from year to year. Since the start of 2019, the Marlins are 17-12 against the Phillies and 71-122 against everyone else. The Phillies' playoff drought would not have reached nine years had they been able to beat up on a team the rest of the NL East has clobbered.
"You have to beat the bottom feeders."— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) July 25, 2020
Ricky Bo gives his thoughts on what the Phillies need to do following their Opening Day loss to the Marlins. pic.twitter.com/nDJLp6U9bB
“We’re still here, you can’t get rid of us,” Kintzler said with a laugh in his postgame interview. “I don’t care if we’re bottom feeders. Want to thank Ricky Bottalico for that motivation. Opening weekend in Philly. He’s probably the one who sent the Phillies home for that.”