The New York Yankees and Four Teams Who Get Booed the Most by Their Own Fans
Maybe I'm just spoiled.
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, I spent my childhood going to A's and Giants games, watching players like Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Jason Giambi, the Big Three (Mark Mulder, Tim Hudson, Barry Zito), and Kirk Rueter come and go.
The stadiums were packed, if frigid, and the fans were always good-natured as long as you weren't wearing anything blue.
Beautiful AT&T Park, on the shore of McCovey Cove and San Francisco Bay, has always been a popular destination, and for the most part, Giants fans have filled it with cheering fans full of energy for their Orange and Black heroes.
Sure, Giants fans boo the other team; everybody does that. But it takes a special kind of fan to boo their own players; maybe these fans are only in there when the weather's fair, or maybe they're so die-hard that they can't stand to see their players under-performing.
Sometimes it's not the players that are the target of the booing, but the management and front office that controls the team. The players, unfortunately, and front and center and targets for the hatred. Either way, the players hear about it.
Here are the teams that get the most hate thrown their way from their own fans.
New York Yankees
Yankee fans are infamous for fickle treatment of their players. The team lavishes fame and riches on their stars like no other team in the history of the sport, but the fans boo under-performing busts mercilessly.
Derek Jeter put it best, talking to ESPN:
"The bottom line is they're Yankees fans and … they come here to cheer for you," the captain said. "Everyone's been booed at some point, but you can't let it affect you."
Call them spoiled, call them jerks, call them whatever you want; it's understandable to have high expectations when your team spends $206.6 million on your team and $2.3 billion on a new stadium.
While the video attached to this slide is mostly a joke, Phillies fans remain some of the more spirited around the baseball world.
As a Giants fan I may be biased, but it seems like Phillies players are on a fairly short leash.
Philadelphia fans boo poor, defenseless robots. They famously booed shortstop Jimmy Rollins after he described many Phillies fans as "front-runners." Heck, Eagles fans even booed Santa Claus in 1968 after a dismal season.
No, Philly fans can be brutal, which we'll discover after the Giants knock them out in the NLCS later this year.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Frank McCourt, owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers
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Fans of the Dodgers and fans of the Giants are not particularly close.
I'm not going to talk about Bryan Stow, because I don't believe that the men who attacked him represent Dodgerdom as a whole, but it's not going too far out on a limb to say that the two groups don't especially like each other.
Still, Giants fans have to take pity on our blue brothers; the players get booed, but their management has decimated this team. During their divorce, Frank and Jamie McCourt have cut the team payroll substantially, and almost didn't make payroll earlier this year.
As a Giants fan, I'm rooting for the Northerners over the Southerners for sure, but the McCourt debacle is bad for baseball, and while the Dodgers players themselves are still playing hard, the management is definitely worth a jeer or two.
New York Mets
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When it comes to ownership debacles, it doesn't get much worse than Frank McCourt in Los Angeles.
Still, Fred Wilpon, owner of the New York Mets, gives McCourt a good run for his money.
Wilpon, who was embroiled in the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme, was named in a lawsuit and could face losses up to $1 billion, forcing him to sell 49 percent of the team to an investment group.
Like the Dodgers, the Mets have been obligated to dump salary, compromising the team's competitiveness, and the ownership deserves the boos the team has been getting from the fan base.
Honorable Mention: Whatever Team Juan Uribe Is on
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For anyone who's rooted for Juan Uribe, you know that this slide is meant as a joke.
Uribe, which is pronounced OOOO-ReeBay, is a popular player on whatever team he plays for. From his puffed-out cheeks to his jazz-hands swing, Uribe is fun to watch.
When Uribe comes to the plate, hometown fans yell "oooooo" as his standard chant. Not a jeer, mind you, but a loving tribute to the man's last name.
Fare thee well, Juan Uribe, wherever you are.