The fickle, bandwagon fans who were in attendance at the Toronto Blue Jays contest yesterday that took the liberty to boo the home teams players should be ashamed of themselves for their ridiculous actions.
I am aware that it’s always a few bad apples that spoil the bunch and without a doubt not all 44,000 on-lookers were guilty of this but the jeers and boos Jose Bautista received after his fourth strikeout were gut wrenching.
Fair weather, uneducated baseball fans booing the longest serving Blue Jays player in his home park. Hopefully, the team realized this is no reflection of an entire fan base who live and die a Blue Jays supporter regardless of what the standings suggest.
This is the same Jose Bautista who united a nation with one single bat flip, the same Jose Bautista who turned down more lucrative offers this past offseason to return to the Blue Jays, the same Jose Bautista who has volunteered his time to numerous charities throughout the country, the same Jose Bautista who has smashed 265 home runs in a Blue Jays uniform. Need I go on?
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There is no question the teams start and Bautista’s slump have been frustrating, to say the least. However the home fans don’t boo the home players period, it is not as if he isn’t trying or his effort level has come into question. Bautista is undoubtedly more frustrated about his performance than any fan crushing $10 pints in the cheap seats.
"“Any time that you’re accustomed to being a contributor and you’re not, it weighs on you a little bit, but I’ve got to get past that and figure out a way to get back on track. I’m not proud of the last two days and the way I’ve looked, because my approach hasn’t been consistent,” he said. “I can handle the lack of success base hit-wise if I execute my game plan, and the last two days have been pretty bad.”"
What I witnessed after his fourth strikeout at the hands of Chris Sale was appalling. The most disheartening part is these are the so-called Jays fans who I would be willing to bet couldn’t even tell you what team Joey Bats played for prior to coming to Toronto.
You know those real fans, those fans who have never played the game or understand how difficult hitting really is.
The next time you want to boo the home team, stay home or better yet go buy a Yankees hat and cheer for them. True Blue Jays fans and their players don’t need you.