After the Astros won the ACLS, former Dodgers‘ outfielder Josh Reddick said he was looking forward to winning World Series games at Dodger Stadium because fans booed him during his brief tenure wearing the Blue. Not surprisingly, his comments were not well-received by many of the fan base, at least those commenting on Dodgers Twitter.
DrMike5150, a well-informed, thoughtful Dodger follower, had a slightly different perspective. He said the comments were “interesting,” which they indeed are. DrMike5150 made a good point that “it is good to see a player veering off the ‘script,” and that “he is either a player who tells it like it is or is using the boos as a motivational tool.”
I agree that it’s refreshing to see someone responding in what seems to be an honest, blunt manner. And I, too, admire players who “tell it like it is.” But unless further information is forthcoming that puts the comments in a different light, I can only see them as ill-considered and indicative of pettiness. And I am not amused.
I don’t blame Reddick for being bothered by the boos. I’m betting just about every player booed by the home crowd finds it upsetting and unpleasant. I certainly would. But I hope I would be able to let it go and not harbor a grudge. Most players either take it in stride or are wise enough to stay quiet about it. Reddick isn’t the first player to be booed and won’t be the last. It’s part of being a pro-ballplayer. It happens to everyone. Deal with it and move on.
After Reddick signed with the Astros, every so often I’d hear that he was doing fairly well, hitting over .300. I was delighted. I tend to look at everyone who wears a Dodgers’ uniform, however briefly, as “Dodger Fam” and truly enjoy when they do well. I can think of only two exceptions.
The first is Mike Piazza because of apparent hostility to the team. The second was Brett Anderson. After he signed with the Cubs, Anderson commented that their clubhouse atmosphere was the best he’d ever experienced. Then, not long after he signed with the Blue Jays, he marveled at how well one could pitch if the coach didn’t tinker too much, or something along those lines. I was annoyed at what seemed to be a backhanded swipe at the Dodgers, but I soon got over it. Maybe all he is guilty of is speaking without considering the implications of his words. Even if it was a swipe, life goes on. I wish him well.
Forgiving Reddick might take longer. What was his goal in such comments? What did he hope to achieve? Was he trying to shame the “bad fans?” Was he declaring he was going to get “revenge” on them? What possible good could come from his comments? For the moment, it only makes him look ill-tempered, immature, and petty.
And as for the boos: I have never booed a player, not on my team, not on the opposing team. I have booed bad calls by umpires. And I could probably see myself booing someone like Madison Bumgarner. I don’t think I’ll ever boo one of my own, though. Dave Roberts recently criticized fans for booing Pedro Baez at home. I agreed with Doc. I didn’t like it. It’s not my style. But you know what? I don’t have to like it. And those who boo don’t have to like that I don’t like it. It’s okay to disagree. Baseball, like life, would be boring if we all thought the same. Vive la difference!
I have never booed a player…yet. Reddick, you might be the first.
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