Before reading this, stop and think for a minute… when was the last time you hated the fact that a specific player won the game for YOUR team?
When was the last time you cringed when someone hit a walk off, scored an overtime goal, caught the game winning touchdown, or made the game winning shot and you were eventually angry about it?
Okay, continue reading.
Obviously when Sean Rodriguez hit his homerun, we all stood up and cheered whether we were at the ballpark, at a bar, or at home on your own couch.
Wherever you were, you celebrated the fact that your team won an important game during a playoff run.
That was when we all felt a little bad (probably not) about the constant bashing of a below average player who is on the team because his buddy is the manager. That was when we all thought “maybe there is some magic left in this team.” That moment of happiness did not last long because the man who hit that homerun opened his mouth and called out an entire fan base. If you are a Philadelphia sports fan, at some point during your life, you booed a player, a coach, a GM, and even the vendor who made a bad throw of the bag of Cracker Jacks.
Don’t lie to me, don’t lie to yourself, don’t lie to the sports Gods, you at some point have booed, and those “good fans” who are never critical do not exist even though Sean Rodriguez believes they do. Bottom line is, Sean Rodriguez called you out and said that you are entitled. He believes that your hard earned money, your 3 to 4 hours of time, the hour of traffic to and from, is not enough to express your anger toward a below average product when you were sold to believe in a post season run. Are we too hard sometimes? Sure. Every fan base is. But are we wrong to boo when individuals are playing below expectations? Are we wrong to boo the product on the field to send a message to the front office?
If you think so, then YOU should be booed. That is what will make tonight’s game interesting when Rodriguez, who is in the starting lineup, first steps up to the plate.