PHILADELPHIA – The family of Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker stayed away from Philadelphia on opening day.

Snitker called out Phillies fans during spring training for what he said was offensive behavior by them in the playoffs toward his wife and other friends and family members from Atlanta.

“It’s tough out there,” Snitker said in an interview with Atlanta radio station WZGC that aired March 21. ‘And they don’t mind that, to be honest. Re.”

The Phillies eliminated the Braves in Philadelphia in the National League Division Series each of the past two seasons. The Braves have won six straight NL East titles and the 2021 World Series.

Snitker had also said that Philadelphia had “by far the most hostile crowd” and that his wife would refuse to return to Citizens Bank Park.

When asked why his family felt unsafe on the baseball field, Snitker said Friday, “I’m not going to get into that. Let’s talk about today.’

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

Snitker went on to praise the atmosphere at Citizens Bank Park, which — aside from celebrating its 20th anniversary this season — has developed a reputation as one of the loudest places to play in baseball.

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

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