This just in: Vernon Wells makes a lot of money.
Oh, and he’s playing like crap.
So, what does that mean for the fans?
Obviously, people have the right to boo. Nobody’s stopping them, and yes, once you buy your ticket, you can do what you want (mostly).
But, if you really care about the Jays, does it make sense?
Consider these examples:
David Ortiz – He’s done A LOT for Boston over the years. Two World Series titles and a whole lot of good memories certainly helps when times are tough. Well, that’s a good thing because he started the year hitting like a 4-year old, but the fans stuck with him. It seemed pretty fruitless for a while, but eventually Big Papi started swinging the bat well. The key here is that the Boston fans actually supported their guy, cheering him on, and acting more disappointed than flat-out angry. It had to help – These guys are people too and it can wear on you mentally to worry about avoiding the fans’ rage in each at bat.
Alex Rodriguez – A few years ago, ARod was having easily his worst year, especially in the field. The New York fans were merciless – Booing him non-stop and basically making their guy as miserable as possible. The result – ARod continued to play like crap. It’s all better now, and he did end up staying in NY, but it was close for a while, and the booing certainly did not help, and probably hurt his production.
So what do Jays fans want to accomplish by booing? Letting Wells know we think he sucks? Well, mission accomplished.
If you actually want him to hit better, lay off…I’m not saying I care about Wells’ feelings, and I certainly don’t feel bad for the millionaire athlete. But I’m telling you it hurts his production, if anything, and it makes going to Jays games a pretty lousy experience.
Some food for thought:
Vernon Wells @ Home: .175 AVG / .241 OBP /.301 SLG / .542 OPS
Vernon Wells On the Road: .332 AVG / .364 OBP / .505 SLG / .868 OPS
I’d say those road numbers are mighty fine. Maybe, just maybe, I’m on to something here…