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Classless, ignorant Yankees fans boo Javier Vazquez

Apr 14, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

Vazquez 2.jpgI’m not calling all Yankees fans classless and ignorant. Just the ones at Yankee Stadium today — and there were a lot of them — who booed Javier Vazquez. His line: Five and a third innings pitched, three four earned runs on six hits and a couple of walks.  Not a great line by any stretch — it’s the quintessential “the starter just didn’t have it today” line — but not one worthy of booing.

And to be clear: the boos weren’t merely a function of him leaving in the sixth inning after giving up a couple of hits and a wild pitch: they started in the first inning. A fan at the
game tweets
that fans were chanting “we want Melky” in the third inning.

I’m not the only one who thinks the fans were out of line either. The River Ave. Blues guys — Yankees fans all — were embarrassed by itThe Post’s Mike Vaccaro noted the poor form as well. And it is poor form. The man has started two games this year. These boos are almost certainly a function of people thinking back to 2004, which is amazingly weak given that, you know, the team just won the World Series five months ago. For a fan base that fancies itself so much more knowledgeable than anyone else’s, this was pretty bad.

Anyone care to defend the boo-birds here?

UPDATEThey booed Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira too.  Can you say “spoiled?”

  1. Stone - Apr 14, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    Its NY man. Its not like Atlanta where people don’t bother to show up even when the team is in the playoffs. In NY, you either win or you suck. That’s it, no middle ground. The city is the largest market in the US, players have numerous lucrative opportunities that other cities can’t offer, and the team pays exorbitant salaries. The fans know all this and demand winners. I don’t see the big deal.

  2. Ron - Apr 14, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    No, you’re wrong about that. The real fans do care if we win or lose. This is differnt subjects altogher.
    Of course, the fact that Royals fans won’t even boo Farnsworth, Betancourt, or Hillman says something about us.

  3. scatterbrian - Apr 14, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    Some fans just have a twisted sense of entitlement.

  4. Rudy Gamble - Apr 14, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Booing Vazquez, very dumb.
    Bashing either the Yankees or their fan base, very tired.

  5. Tom - Apr 14, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    I went to 30 games last year, and I can’t think of 1 time I seriously booed a Yankee. Half of the fans that go have no idea what’s going on or anything about the players, except for the fan favorites, of course. I would bet a lot of money that a great deal of the booers were sitting in the seats the real fans can’t afford.

  6. rufuswashere - Apr 14, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    Lifetime Yankee fan, living in Boston. Had season tickets at Fenway for 5 years or so, and saw 20+ games/year.
    Let’s just say that booing your own player is not the exclusive provenance of Yankee fans by a long shot. Cripes, I even remember Pedro getting booed at Fenway after a stretch when he was arguably one of the greatest pitchers ever, and Schilling definitely caught some boos in 2005 during the “closer” experiment.
    For the record, I never boo anyone at the ballgame. I just don’t like doing it.

  7. Alan - Apr 14, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    It wasn’t long ago that Yankee fans booed AROD, now he gets cheers. All Javy has to do is pitch a couple of good games and all will be forgotten. Fans have the right to express themselves.

  8. rock123 - Apr 14, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    almost as bad as red sox fans? sox fans havent come close to booing david ortiz and he hasnt done crap. ortiz wasnt even booed last year. red sox fans respect their team and their players more than anything.

  9. A-dawg - Apr 14, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    more reason to hate entitled fans of ny

  10. Mike - Apr 14, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    That’s minor compared to the boo birds in Philly. They booed Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt for striking out and even booed Santa Claus

  11. Mike - Apr 14, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Come to Philly if you really want to hear jerks.They booed Mike Schmidt and even Santa Claus

  12. DonnieBBAll - Apr 14, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    Are you kidding me – of course we booed Vasquez!! It is what we do, it is who we are. You should not be writing a baseball blog and holding yourself out as some kind of expert, you are pathetic.
    1) Yankee fans don’t care what anyone thinks of them.
    2) If you are not a Yankee fan you cannot relate to us, so STFU!
    3) If and when Vasquez does succeed we will embrace him like no other city, no other fan base does. That is the faustian bargain that players buy in to when they come here. You don’t just get to be a Yankee because you put on the uniform – you get to be a Yankee when you prove yourself worthy. That is the way it is when you are talking about the greatest sports franchise in all of sports history.
    4) If you you were a Yankee I’d boo the crap out of you too. Cause you suck!

  13. TC - Apr 14, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    [i]Exactly what does booing your own players accomplish?[/i}
    I’ve had that thought so many times. My dream, of course, is that someday, the fans will all shut up, entirely, in opposition to hated players. Instead of a chorus of boos, a stadium in silence. The first time it happens, at least, it should creep someone thoroughly out.

  14. twentyeightisnext - Apr 14, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    I’m not a big fan of bringing successful NL pitchers to the AL to face superior hitting. Two starts for Vasquez so far and poor results. He just has no pop or movement, he’s throws a flat ball that hitters are all over. He only gave up a few runs, but he could have given up a lot more, he wasn’t effective at all.
    I think the boo-ing was to let JV know that losing is unacceptable and he needs to really right his ship. Vasquez might be in the BP sooner rather than later pitching like this. Its very alarming and worrysome for Bomber fans.

  15. Mr. Furious - Apr 14, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    There’s a big difference between Hamels and Vazquez, though. Hamels was the World Series MVP when the Phils won the whole thing for the first time in 28 years; it’s natural to expect that he’d get some slack. Vazquez is the guy who gave up a grand slam to Johnny Damon on his first pitch in the clinching game of the most embarrassing postseason loss in Yankees history. If he stinks up the joint from the get-go in his return, I can kind of understand why he was booed; I wouldn’t have done so, personally, but I get it.

  16. Tony Vahl, Jr - Apr 14, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    Yup, let’s defend Homerun Javy.
    He’s a nice guy, so…

  17. Nasty Boy - Apr 14, 2010 at 7:28 PM

    I’m not defending the booing, but he has to give them reason to cheer him. I’m hoping for him to come around , but it is a tough crowd. He did better this start , compared to his first start. The fans went through it with him the first time , then you add the beaten Pavano gave them , and they have never been known to be patient. I say give him at least five more starts , and if things don’t start to change, then make a move. As I understand it , he’s a free agent at the end of the year , so you don’t have to bring him back . Give him a little more time.

  18. PinstripedHippie - Apr 14, 2010 at 9:21 PM

    Craig Calcaterra wrote: “Anyone care to defend the boo-birds here?”
    * * * * *
    Yes – I will. We can boo Javy if we want. He stinks. I was not at the game. And if I were I would probably not have booed Javy in the first inning. But upon his exit of a second bad outing out of two when the rest of the staff is doing pretty well? I might have. Javy’s on a short leash (with some fans). Might not have been the best idea to bring him back.

  19. chris - Apr 15, 2010 at 12:42 AM

    they boo big papi because he has been terrible for a long time now, and because he wasn’t even really good, he just took steroids. yankee fans should def give javier some time, it’s tough pitching at yankee stadium. and as good a season as he had last year, i doubt him pitching anything near how he was before coming back to the bronx. and the boos certainly aren’t going to help him pitch any better

  20. Son of Shane Mack - Apr 15, 2010 at 1:38 AM

    And people wonder why anyone who isn’t from New York hates both the Yankees and (even more) Yankee fans.
    Honestly, that bunch of arrogant morons doesn’t even deserve a team as good as the Bad News Bears.
    Unfortunately, their team is far better than that.
    Fortunately, it gives the rest of us something to share in common:
    Hating the Yankees.
    It’s the one that that can unite all baseball fans (that aren’t from NY).

  21. civilwarmike - Apr 15, 2010 at 5:53 AM

    As a White Sox fan who suffered through several of Javier Vazquez’s starts, I can understant the Yankees’s fans wrath. Talk about gutless? Ozzie Guillen was dead-on about this guys. When nothing is on the line, he can pitch like Cy Young. When something, anything, is on line, he folds like a house of cards. He has wonderful, tantalizing talent and several teams have fallen in love with the talent in the pas. Wonder why he has pitched for so many teams? Wonder why the Braves dumped him after just one year when he had success in an Atlanta uniform? Vazquez is the type of pitcher who can cost managers and general managers their jobs and fans a lot of sleepless nights! I applaud Yankee fans!

  22. Will - Apr 15, 2010 at 6:53 AM

    Craig couldn’t be more off base with this post. While Yankees fan deserved criticism for how they treated Arod, the crowd reaction to Vazquez was indifferent at worst. I was at the game yesterday and it wouldn’t have occurred to be that he was booed if this post hadn’t suggested as much. I am sure there were some fans booing at some point during the game, but that’s hardly the basis for claiming that Javy was “booed”.
    http://captnsblog.wordpress.com/

  23. Tim N. - Apr 15, 2010 at 7:00 AM

    This article reads like it was written by a petulant toddler. Please, lift your hands, step back from the keyboard, and take a course. For now, try reading:
    http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/yankees/reunion_lacking_fastball_faith_OYAuUY10vJ2VPcSuQo7YjM
    or
    http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/columns/story?id=5089230
    I’m never in favor of booing the home team. But I must stand and boo loudly at self-righteous mooks playing journalists on the Internets.

  24. Craig Calcaterra - Apr 15, 2010 at 7:12 AM

    Will — go read the Post and the Daily News reports. Each of them say that Vazquez was booed. One of them says he as “lustily booed.”

  25. ron stone - Apr 15, 2010 at 7:14 AM

    Of course this author of this article doesn’t state the fact correctly that Vasquez gave up 4 earned runs, not 3 as he wrote, but 4 earned runs in 5 1/3 innings pitched.
    One would think the author of this silly article would at least be factual.
    That is horrible pitching…..and a poor article.

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