Red October 2022

5-year-old Phillies fan vs. Astros season ticket holder: Each says the other one started it

True to his upbringing, young Carson Wallace’s smack talk game is strong.

Young fan Carson Wallace celebrates after the Phillies take the World Series Game 1 lead

Young fan Carson Wallace celebrates after the Phillies take the World Series Game 1 lead

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The most viral clip from World Series Game 1 wasn’t one of the players on the field. It was a young Phillies fan giving a Houstonian the business — and each side says the other started it.

After J.T. Realmuto hit the go-ahead homer in the 10th inning that would deliver a win for Philadelphia, Fox Sports cameras captured 5-year-old Carson Wallace leaning over and screaming with glee, right in the face of the large dude in an Astros cap sitting next to him.

Despite being in grade school, young Wallace had the Philly sports fan look down pat.

His hair was shaved on the sides for a light mullet. His red pinstripe jersey hung open, revealing a red P painted on his chest. And he wasn’t holding back.

There wasn’t any sound on the viral clip from the game, but in a video posted by Ricky Dennis, the Houston fan sitting beside him, you can hear Wallace’s kid voice shouting proudly, “F the Astros!”

Wallace’s dad Robert told 6ABC the Texan started it. “He went to Carson and you know, kind of shouted,” he said in the TV segment. “”There definitely was a reaction because he’s 5 years old… I got a little defensive because we get a bad rap in Philly, but we’re not like that.”

Astros fan Dennis, on the other hand, told Billy Penn he was almost blushing from what came out of Carson’s mouth.

“I was kind of shocked a 5-year-old kid was that crude. He cussed like a sailor and shot us the double bird most [of] the game,” said Dennis, who identified himself as an Astros season ticket holder “since the ’90s.

Asked if he had any preconceived notions about Philadelphia sports fans, Dennis acknowledged via text that he’d “heard that Philly fans are a bit crazy!!!!!!!”

Well, yes? And it’s actually a point of pride, dad Robert Wallace said, telling 6ABC he was raising Carson and his older brother with “the city’s mentality.”

The family is so dedicated to sports that they took a 6 a.m. flight back after the late Friday night Phillies win so Carson could show up to Saturday practice with the Willow Grove Bears Football Club, according to the Montgomery County sports organization’s Facebook post.

Houston fan Dennis, meanwhile, hasn’t been scared off. He’s going to be in town this Tuesday to watch the Phillies take on the Astros in Game 4 at Citizens Bank Park, and said he’s looking forward to the visit.

Whatever happens at the ballpark, Dennis said, “should be a fun trip.”

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