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Matt Garza calls out “fake fans” on Twitter

Apr 29, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

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As far as I can tell this is Matt Garza‘s Twitter account. He keeps it locked which, all things considered, is not a bad move for an athlete who is actually going to use social media for social purposes as opposed to P.R. purposes.  He must allow a lot of people to follow him, reporters included, because Paul Sullivan of the Tribune reports that Garza told off some Cubs fans last week:

Most observant fans already have deemed the 2013 season a hopeless cause, despite their improved play against the lowly Marlins.

But rehabbing Cubs starter Matt Garza had enough of such talk last week, and went on a Twitter rant against what he termed “fake” fans “who do nothing but talk smack.” In one tweet, Garza wrote he was “just tired of the so-called diehards being negative! Negativity breeds negativity! So break the cycle.”

OK, that’s not exactly a Lee Elia moment, but it’s inspired by the same thing: negativity from Cubs fans.

Sullivan takes off from that to ask aloud what fans are supposed to feel about a clearly bad, but clearly rebuilding team. Is negativity cool? Should it all be leavened by an understanding of where the team is in the success cycle?  It’s an interesting conversation, even if the answer always does — and probably should — come back to “well, fans can feel whatever the hell they want. The team’s job is to get better.”

  1. manute - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Hold on now, he told fans to stay positive?! Oh, snap!!! #takeiteasymatt #outofcontrol

  2. El Bravo - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    I think they have a pretty solid fan base so he shouldn’t whine. I mean, they certainly have more fans than any other minor league team. Oh wait…

  3. hittfamily - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    I read the headline and thought “Why would he call out Philly Phans, but then you clarified. Tom Hallion fucking approves.

  4. larryboodry - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Manti Te’o says leave his girlfriend and her relatives alone.

  5. kollin7 - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Good for Matt Garza for calling out the horrible negativity of Cubs fans. I wouldn’t necessarily call Cubs fans good fans. If you call fans who show up to the ballpark all year no matter what, then sure they’re good fans. But when Aramis Ramirez returned to Chicago last April, he was booed. Why? He was a mild-mannered true professional who gave them a .294 average, with 239 home-runs, 806 RBI, and from what I saw in Milwaukee last year, solid defense. A career like that should be celebrated when they return. Granted, there were some fans who gave him a standing ovation, but there was a majority booing. And that’s a shame.

    My definition of good fans are fans, is fans who are smart, and stand by there team. Cubs fans will only stand by there team, and a lot of them don’t even do that past May.

    I applaud Matt Garza for saying this, because it must be extremely difficult to play in an environment in which the fans will HATE you at the drop of a hat.

    • jeffbbf - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Your whole “Ramirez-gate” issue in your post is pretty clear evidence you really don’t know what you’re blathering about. Guess what. Cub fans liked and appreciated Ramirez while he was here. We understood that it was time for him to leave because the Cubs weren’t going to pay him what he’s worth to rot on the Cub roster. Once he signed with the Brewers, he was now on the other team. Cub fans boo other players. Not because we HATE them, but because they are on the other team. In 90% of the situtations, it’s done in good nature (used to be called “razzing”). Maybe in socialist Milwaukee, this is seen as a faux pas. We don’t care. As far as Garza is concerned, he was brough in here to win, and he has done a pretty good job – injuries happen. But c’mon Matt – some sweeping, general statement about fans isn’t helping anything – especially from a guy who isn’t contributing. The team stinks. We know it. We’re being patient. Just don’t expect us to be happy about it all the time.

      • kollin7 - Apr 29, 2013 at 3:06 PM

        All you’ve proven is that you’re one of the smarter Cubs fans. The booing of Ramirez did not seem to be in good spirit to me.

  6. sfm073 - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Cubs fans are terrible. Wrigley is the worlds largest outdoor bar that plays live baseball games. The fans don’t actually watch the game, they just go there to be seen.

    • jeffbbf - Apr 29, 2013 at 2:57 PM

      Another stupid comment from someone who has no idea what they are talking about. Don’t be jealous that 30k people show up to a game, even though the team stinks. Lots of kids and families are there. Lots of people in the stands keeping score and wearing Cub gear. Lots of tourists that want to see Wrigley. Many more than the south side. Yeah – the bleachers are for the younger crowd out for fun, sun, socializing, and baseball. Every stadium has those areas and patronage. Stay in your modified school gymnasium/hospital that is where the Sox play.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Apr 29, 2013 at 3:10 PM

      Have you ever actually been to Wrigley? I’m curious, because in a dozen or so trips to this park, I’ve never seen much evidence of these claims … certainly no more than I’ve seen at any other stadium.

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