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People who talk loudly on cell phones really irk Chris Wheeler
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The audio you will find embedded below contains a CLASSIC rant from the pride of Marple-Newtown Township and colorman for the Phillies, Chris Wheeler.

It was in the top of the seventh inning last night when Chase Utley hit a ball foul down the left field line headed towards fail territory. Dodgers LF Scott Podsednik tracked it down near the stands on the third base line and after catching it, tumbled over the railing and into the stands. It wasn’t the greatest play you’ll ever see, but impressive nonetheless. And I’m sure if you were an announcer for this game, you would certainly talk about the catch for a few moments and maybe even squeeze in a Jeter comparison or something.

Well, not Chris Wheeler.

After the play happened, Chris Wheeler immediately became fixated on this one guy in the crowd who was talking on his cell phone and didn’t even let it go as Podsednik was hitting the concrete mere feet in front of him. This angered Chris Wheeler. So he goes on for 2+ minutes about how incensed he is when he sees someone talking loudly on their cellular phones in public. At one point, Chris even says, “I know I’m wrong, and I’ll stop…” and then continues to talk about it for another 30 seconds.

It’s just classic Wheels, and if you know what’s good for ya, you’ll listen.

(Thanks to the always helpful @Phylan for the audio rippage.)

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  • Mookey

    I actually liked Wheels for 2 minutes. If only I got a “he’s baaaaaaaaaaaaaack” when Howard hit that bomb my night would have been complete.

  • Swift

    Wheels reminds of that old World War II veteran, that sits out in front of his house on the porch, and yells at kids to get off his lawn.

  • ScottGraham

    I pretty much went on the same rant, I hate people on their phone at games.

  • SJ

    posted from blackberry

  • Joe D

    Can ya hear me now Wheels?

    I bet that dead animal on his head even stood up during that rant because of how angry he was getting.

  • Jim

    Puss-sednik? I think T-Mac is saying it wrong.

    Wheels probably talked about it during the entire commercial break, too. And then after the game.

  • J

    I was cracking up when I heard this last night. He just started ranting. And although I agree with everything he said, it was hilarious hearing him go on about it.

  • Joe D

    What I hate are jerkoffs that talk on their bluetooth out in public. The bluetooth is for the car only alright assholes.

  • Racist Jerry Seinfeld

    And what’s the deal with blacks in baseball?

  • ScottGraham

    8 is dead on. Also, I hate people who have the fuckin earpiece in 24/7 like they’re some kind of spaceman.

  • Joe D

    @ScottGraham. Yeah you get the assholes you see out at dinner with it in their ear.

  • Joe D

    The best part of this whole clip is where T-Mac asks for Wheels approval to speak loudly on a cell phone if someone is having trouble hearing you on the other end. You know T-Mac is a bluetooth offender because he sucks at everything else so I’m sure his cell phone etiquette is bad too.

  • Morandini’s Triple Play

    I actually agreed with Wheels for once. I feel so dirty.

  • tim

    my new favorite thing to do on the fightins is find out what makes scottgraham angry.

  • Man With Hands Down In His Undies

    @Racist Jerry Seinfeld. Awesome.

  • Phils Phan

    Duh, yelling is the cure to a bad connection. It’s all science, Chris. Tubes, dump trucks, and the like.

  • spacecoyote

    …but if they don’t have their bluetooth on at all times, how will we know how important they are?

  • Jeff

    I cannot stand people that talk and text nonstop while at a game. Why the fuck did you go to the game if you aren’t going to pay attention and then force people sitting next to you who paid good $ to listen to your bullshit.

    God do I hate inconsiderate assholes.

  • Joe D

    @Jeff….it seems like every single game I go to I have someone texting in front of me. I always look over their shoulder and read the texts to one of my friends sitting next to me.

  • Sean

    fuck wheels. but i do agree with him

  • ScottGraham

    Jeff, don’t move to LA. All people do here is talk loudly behind other people. The other night I literally had to sit and hear two assholes behind me talk about their shitty business, then have the same conversation they just had with other people on their phones. This was during a no hit bid, too. Fuck that. Also over the weekend was at the driving range and the two guys next to me didn’t hit a single ball, they just stood and talked for like 45 minutes to the point where I couldn’t even concentrate. Of course when I asked them to stop talking for two seconds so I could get a shot off, they acted like I had just murdered their families.

  • tim

    Woah! For real scottgraham, you “literally had to sit and hear two assholes”.

  • http://dsdffd Scott Barry is an idiot

    im gay

  • TonyIsDynamic


  • Brian


  • JayFraud

    Young James just f*ck-started Kershaw’s face.

  • will.H

    last time kershaw started im pretty sure wheels had it so bad for him he tried to touch his danger from the pressbox. maybe this’ll bring everyone back down to earth. clayton is a good pitcher, but we’re ripping right now. keep it goin

  • TheOtherJim


    And they’re back to watching fastballs fly over the plate.

  • steve

  • will.H

    that inning was like night and day

  • Cliff Lee

    So I guess now that I suck you guys are cool with this Oswalt guy? Back to the minors with me. 2007 here we go again

  • JAL88

    Some Wheels

  • TheOtherJim

    Suck it, Kershaw.

  • timmy

    boo ya

  • J

    Milt Thompson is so proud right now.

  • k

    kill rod barajas; fuck scott barry.

    …marry roy oswalt!

  • I went to K-Mart and saw that guy

    Looks like the Phils got their hit dingers or die swing today by Kershaw’s 5 Ks.

  • Greenman!

    Seriously did Milty call up Shane and Jimmy or something?

  • Linds

    No, they’re just finally battight right handed.

  • Bobby D

    WTF comcast! Fix your shit!

  • Cole Handsome

    Fine, I’ll play the beat writers game.
    Fuck David Murphy, kill Matt Gelb, marry Zolecki

  • Boo?! Fuck you!

    I can’t stand when people are on the phone at the game either, I had to sit next to some lady planning her wedding the whole time. I honestly don’t know why she was there, she didn’t watch ANY of the game and they were actually good seats behind the dugout. I can only imagine how douchey people are in LA

  • Boo?! Fuck you!
  • Phils Phan

    He plays a guy who tries to get with three different women but strikes out each time.

  • Phils Phan

    Whew. Barajas with the bases jacked scared the shit out of me.

    (Never thought I’d say that. Ever.)

  • I went to K-Mart and saw that guy


  • I went to K-Mart and saw that guy

    Jayson fucks up every routine pop up. They should tie up Jayson after the game and let Oswalt give a spanking for 30 minutes.

  • Greenman!

    you’d like that wouldn’t you

  • Bobby D

    Two hands, Werth. Where’s Moyer when you need him?

  • Morandini’s Triple Play

    Roy’s pitch count is 87 after 5 innings. If nothing changes this could get interesting….

  • I went to K-Mart and saw that guy

    What if i say yes greenman?

  • I went to K-Mart and saw that guy

    Why the fuck is Ibanez playing against Kershaw?

  • Morandini’s Triple Play

    3 straight strikeouts with a man in scoring position!! WTF????

  • I went to K-Mart and saw that guy

    So now I can take a shower for the first time in 3 days.

  • KruksLeftNut

    Actually, Ryan contracted to do a classic “Howard” on Entourage:

    Striking out 3 times swinging at change-ups, i.e. chicks with dicks on the down[‘n’]low; putting it in the wrong whole with one of them, for a clear (unforced) error; and finally scoring on a long and deep homerun (but only after everyone including Turtle has already gotten laid and its sorta irrelevant anyway).

    By my count, RyHo actually only has one “Howard” this year from the first week of the season, right?

  • KruksLeftNut

    ^ edit: replace “putting it in the wrong hole with” with “muffing the catch of a pop-up by”

  • Popeye Jones

    Ronald Bellsario is my son.

  • Bobby D


  • Natalie

    OMG I loved how many times Sweeney high-fived/attempted to high-five Howard just now.

  • Phils Phan

    The Phillies hitting with RISP? Get. The. Fuck. Out. Of. Here.

  • Jennifer Utley

    Well, blowing Chase before games appears to have worked its magic.

    But not so much with Jayson.

  • Milt Thompson

    2 solo shots. 14 Ks.

    I taught my boys well.

  • KruksLeftNut

    Hey Jennifer, try swallowing tomorrow so they are HRs instead of just doubles, OK?

  • Brad Lidge’s Mole

    I miss you, Bradley.

  • Rod Barajas

    I’m goin’ goin’. Back back. To the minors minors.

    Uh uh.

  • Phils Phan

    Hit him in the face!

  • beelove

    YES!!!!!!!!!! HOORAY FOR BRAD LIDGE!!!!!!!!!! bradley missed barajas’ jawbone by about 2″ there. while i don’t advocate throwing at someone’s head, in barajas’ case i would make an exception. and besides, it worked itself into a strikeout anyway.

    those of you who had lidge just won the who’s gonna plunk barajas pool even if he wasn’t actually plunked.

  • Brad Lidge

    You didn’t think I’d let the 9th go that easy, did you?

    Like a single shower stall in San Francisco, who’s ready for four balls?!

  • I Want To Talk Loudly On My Cell Phone with Chris Wheeler

    Yeah suck it Barajas

  • Chris Wheeler

    I know Seal is a singer!

  • I want to go to Giles & Ransome Caterpillar with Roy Oswalt

    And ride a Caterpillar D6N XL, too.

  • beelove

    and, might i add, what a pleasure it was watching a phils defeat of the doyers called by vin scully. when domonic brown scored on jimmy’s single, he said “and here comes daddy longlegs around from second.” seemed to take a shine to young DB, did vin, making the requisite darryl strawberry comparison and talking about how good a football player and pitcher he was in high school.

  • Dodger Fan

    Oh, we lost? I was on my phone. Musta missed it.

  • Phils Phan


    Don’t bullshit. You were already home.

  • Franchise

    I like when wheel’s talked shit on the one dodgers fan below them in the ninth

  • chen

    Franzke and LA for TV IMMEDIATELY!!!

  • Rob Dibble

    Will work 4 food

  • Bobby D

    Let’s hope we can get some help from the mets tonight. Ughhh.

    Any word on Call Ups?

  • PhillyPhanInChi

    I was wondering where the Phils stood now over the last month in pitching after hearing that they’re batting a whopping 250.

    In the last 30 days, they have a team ERA of 2.89 which is second only to the A’s , 2.85(who should be in Philly). Crazily enough, the 2 teams behind them are the Mets , 2.91 and the Braves, 3.13.

    I’d like to see the Mess and Braves stay right there tonight….

  • Bozo

    Good win, let’s hope the Mets don’t fuck up now.

  • Bozo

    Hoover’s been called up and I’d put money on Worley and Sardinha(if he’s on the 40-man) at some point. Bastardo would have gotten the call if Baez didn’t go to the DL.

  • Bozo

    Mets fucked up already, bleh.

  • Phils Phan

    Mets suck.

  • Jess

    @Bozo, you were really asking a lot of them to begin with

  • Bozo

    Well I thought the Mets would be able to take atleast 1 from the Braves, guess I gave them too much credit.

  • Tamuel

    Did anyone else LOVE watching Lidge throw over Barajas’ head?

  • Tom McCarthy

    We’re here for you EV-ery step of the waaaaaaayyy.

  • Whitey

    What’s a cell phone, Harry?

  • Old pee-satined urinal from Veterans Stadium

    Mets suck.

  • Chris Wheeler’s schnoz

    Holy shit. Rod Barajas has a beak bigger than mine!

  • Scott Podsednik

    That asswipe on the cell phone pissed me off too. Jerkoff made me fall in the stands and hurt my little weanie.

  • Bobby D

    I just read that the Mets have 38 hits in their last 221 AB’s with RISP.

    Usually, LOL. For tonight, however, WTF.

  • Ironic Hipster

    Here’s a bit of irony for all my fellow hipsters. There was great angst and consternation among some Phillies fans about Roy Oswald and his delicate back when the Astros traded him here. There were even some who felt that Oswald was a poor substitute for having let Cliff Lee go in December. Still griping while knowing that if they were totally honest they believe that the Phillies couldn’t keep Lee beyond this year.
    Where’s the irony you ask? While Oswalt has seemingly returned to his ACE form, guess who has been plaqued with a number of bad outings and is being treated for back problems?
    Not that any of us hipsters really give a shit.

  • Even more Ironic Hipster

    92, I give a shit except I’m not a Phillies fan. I’m a big fan of the Hiroshima Carp. Little team in Japan you probably never heard of. I have VHS tapes of their games shipped to me.

  • Adamr14

    I can’t decide whether it’s more pathetic watching the Mets on offense or when they’re in the field…

  • Old Pee-Stained Urinal From Veterans Stadium

    Like I said, Mets SUCKKKKKKKK!!!

    I mean, seriously, can they lay down any flatter on the ground?

  • that guy

    watching the mets is like watching a bunch of mentally challenged ppl walk into the tracks of a incoming train, it’s just unbearable, yo uwanna stop it but then you can’t do nothing about it, and if anyone was watching the mets/braves tonight, did u hear how the mets annoucers talking about the cy young award and like automatically crowning tim hudson to win it just because hes having a ”comeback year” and never metioned halladay until he came up on the screens as one of the canadiates. no respect i tell you, non at all

  • I went to K-Mart and saw that guy

    @that guy- are you sure you never met a mentally challenge person outside a pub in 4th of july?

  • will.H

    actually the mets… it’s more like jerking off with a cheese grater. That’s the mets.

  • Bozo

    Lincecum vs Jimmenez in the COL@SF game. Probably going to be a slugfest

  • Bozo

    Mets scored a run, the fuck is this shit?

  • that guy

    fuck the mets, im not even worried about if they gonnatake one from ther braves they already proved that their worthless and killed their playoff dreams months ago

  • Bozo

    Why take your starting catcher out for a pinch runner when you have a 3 run lead in the bottom of the 8th inning?

  • will.H

    bozo, maybe they don’t have much confidence in wanger.. or the backup catches him better.. or bobby is overmanaging.

  • Bozo

    Let’s swing at the first pitch with one out and down 3 runs in the 9th inning.

  • Bozo

    Oh great, the Braves plays the Mets again tomorrow. Was hoping it was just a 3-game series.

  • that guy

    i hear a sweep coming……for the mets that is

  • L.A 2 T.V

    Wheeler makes my ears bleed!!!!!!!!!

  • fuck the mets


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