The Filly Fans booed Jayson Werth when he broke his wrist, and shouted things like “serves you right!” Werth wrote a letter to The Washington Post saying he heard them and was very motivated to heal and rehab and make sure those fans did not witness a victory parade in Philly.
Really, I’m not sure why you would EVER boo your own team’s players.
The Soriano case described above seems like a case where I’d boo my own player. Apparently he stood in the batter’s box and didn’t attempt to run to first base at all. Compare that to what Bryce Harper would have done.
Comment by Well-Beered Englishman — June 19, 2012 @ 10:45 am
Nats fan. Don’t boo Harper. Booing Morgan’s fine though ;)
But I think fans have the right to boo for performance…Maybe they are booing Bay because he signed a ridiculous contract AND he is struggling. Do you think he would be booed if the Mets signed him to a 4 year $15 millon contract? Shoot…Angel fans were staring boo Pujols at the beginning of may…I am not saying any of this is the players fault or that they are not trying hard, but fans boo when expectations are not met. Fair? maybe not, but my guess is that Jason Bay and his $90 Million are not hurt by the booing.
It was an appalling sight to see Jayson Bay being booed after his horrific injury. Say what you will about his stats since he has been a Met, but, there is one area where Bay has never lacked and that is heart. He gave it his all on a play he had no chance to make, he never slowed down until it was too late and that may be the death-knell for his career. But i challenge any baseball fan to call out a guy when he is doing something he loves and doing it the only way he knows how to do it. If you want to blame somebody for the Jason Bay fiasco blame Jerry Manuel who rushed Bay back too soon from his first concussion in order to keep a grip on his job. Bay plays the game the right way and while i can understand the frustration of Met’s fans let’s take the frustrations out on the real bums here, Wilpon and his cronies.
I was at one of the games where Pujols was getting booed by Angels fans. I was never more disgusted with my home fan base in my life. (or as disapointed as you can be at a fan base that’s made up of soccer moms and people trying to hit a beach ball.) He was having a bad month, and it was painfully embarrassing that angels fans who didn’t understand that the dude was going to hit. And similar to Bay, his struggles weren’t for a lack of trying.
I understand the frustration, but people need to use their brain before they criticize somebody.
For approximately $1K – or whatever it costs us these days to drive to the park, pay for parking, sit in a reasonable seat, purchase a half dozen beers, eat two or three entrees and buy some merchandise – fans should be allowed to do whatever they want. THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT.
If all you cared about was watching the game, stay at home. The view’s about a thousand times better in HD.
Going to the ballpark is about the whole experience. Most of that experience involves interacting with other fans. And part of that interaction involves booing stupid stuff together (i.e., booing for stupid reasons, not booing at stupid things).
More importantly, you boo a pitcher on a pickoff throw because, 7 times out of 10, the pitcher is only throwing to first base because they’re afraid to throw home. Maybe the booing doesn’t get in their head, but maybe .5 times out of those 7 it bugs them a little. Worth it.