Originally Posted by jamesdeluxe
So... ignoring for a second whether it's right or wrong to boo him, why do you think Yankee fans do that (but have completely embraced Damon, who is only batting 10-15 percentage points better)?
Is it ignorance, bad behavior, or something else?
ignorance in some cases, sure. plenty of fans for ALL teams in ALL sports really have no idea what it takes to get to and stay in the major leagues. they do not understand or respect how hard a game it is to play at that level. these guys make it look easy and it can be misleading to joe schmoe who can see a 95-mph heater on tv but have no real grasp of what is required to deal with it, not to mention fielding cleanly 9.5 out of 10 "easy" ground balls.
bad behavior, too. some people come to the park to boo. the bigger the star, the more the money, the higher the expectations
, the bigger the target and more vociferous the boos. maybe they're really unhappy with their own lives and have a hard time respecting a guy who gets paid ungodly money to "play a game."
the pitcher ed whitson met his own personal nightmare there many years ago (but did manage to break billy martin's arm in a barroom brawl before leaving town).
is that fair? your call. you pay your ticket, i guess you have the right.
this is worthless conjecture, of course, and it will SEEM self-serving but...i'd bet rodriguez wakes up some days wishing he were in sox red. and that has nothing to do with joe torre or george.
it's tough to excel when you aren't allowed a slip-up here and there, because everybody slips up.
he's an incredible talent and i think a lot of yankee fans won't appreciate the game he has until he's the hell out of new york. as you said, he may be better suited to a less pressure-packed environment.
to be honest, i am amazed he's having the year he is, given all the flak.
the numbers may be way off but it's arguable - and i bet players would tell you - he's having a great season, given he's always swimming upstream.
mickey mantle was an unsophisticated okie hick who was supposed to not only be a star but also take over for an aging center-fielder named joe something or other, starts with a d, i think. and he had so much raw talent it may have been hard for some fans to understand that strikeouts sometimes come with home runs.
i don't know, james. you're the guy on the inside there. has damon slumped, for example? i wonder if that "embrace" doesn't hold the potential to become a strangle if he suddenly hit the skids, or if his arm cost the yankees a game. "quick to turn" comes to mind.
your take on angels fans, by the way, rings true. probably one reason i never was a fan of my own hometown (well, county) team. no passion in the stands save for the rare few. a little too much like going to church, yes. just a lack of something "core," that was palpable. san diego is similar, if not more so. "sleepy fans."
even when i get loud with yankee fan friends out here, at least it's "alive." may be gruesome at times but for sure it stays real.
besides, us sniping at each other - sox fans, yankee fans - is part of the deal.
still some games to play.