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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Giancarlo Stanton did nothing to deserve being booed by Yankees fans

I pitched this column to my editor (literally, the exact verbiage has been copy-and-pasted here because all communication is typed out in the modern newsroom) by saying, “Is ‘don’t boo your own players’ too obvious?”

It’s not, apparently. As evidenced by the fact that I’m writing this, you’re reading it, and Giancarlo Stanton was met with a smattering of boos at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

Stanton, who missed all but 18 games in the regular season due to injuries ranging from his biceps to his knee, strained his right quad in the first game of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros. He stayed in the game, homered, and then was out of the starting lineup for Game 2. New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said that Stanton would stay on the roster for the ALCS and that they hoped he’d be back imminently.

After a day off, the team came home on Tuesday and the 2017 NL MVP was out of the lineup again. The initial prognosis had been overly optimistic. The Yankees, who had won 103 games despite months at a time with key players like Stanton on the IL, would try to win one more without him. I have to assume he was at least as disappointed about this fact as the people who booed him during the pregame introductions.

You know, I don’t mind Yankees fans suddenly turning into Phillies fans- if this means that the Yankees henceforth will have the record that the Phillies traditionally have had…..


QLE Posted: October 17, 2019 at 12:22 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: fans, giancarlo stanton, yankee stadium

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   1. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: October 17, 2019 at 02:29 PM (#5891366)
I have nothing against booing professional athletes who get paid tens of millions of dollars -- even if they're on 'your' team.
   2. bunyon Posted: October 17, 2019 at 03:08 PM (#5891379)
It's a free country and all but, um, booing a guy because he got hurt? That seems pretty low. Even for a Yankee fan.
   3. RoyalFlush Posted: October 17, 2019 at 03:50 PM (#5891392)
The editor should have killed the story.
   4. Cris E Posted: October 17, 2019 at 04:11 PM (#5891400)
They weren't booing him because he got hurt, it was because of his cowardice, his fear of competition, his unwillingness to try, his weakness in the post-season, the transparent falsehood of a "strained quad".

Or, you know, they're idiots. Either for expecting a guy who hasn't been healthy for ten straight days all years to suddenly pull it together when they want him to, or because they have no better way of expressing their disappointment and frustration. He clearly would prefer to be playing, he probably wasn't really healthy when he returned to the roster, he might not even have been able to train fully while on the IL and came back in less than game shape. Shouldn't be a shock when he broke down again.
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 17, 2019 at 04:25 PM (#5891404)
. . . a smattering of boos at Yankee Stadium
So, Marlins Man and a few Astros fans? ‘Smattering’ seems like a low bar for an article, and its posting seems to be unrelated to its newsworthiness.
   6. donlock Posted: October 17, 2019 at 05:30 PM (#5891417)
They were really yelling "Boog" because Boog Powell ... Nah, I got nothin.
   7. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 17, 2019 at 05:36 PM (#5891419)
Eight more years on that contract. Eight.
   8. O Tempura, O Morays ('Spos) Posted: October 17, 2019 at 05:45 PM (#5891423)
They were "Boone-ing?"

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