Fans Have The Right To Boo


Can we get over this whole oh my god I can’t believe fans are booing stuff once and for all?

Did you read the total crap written in the Star yesterday? No, not another gem by Rosie.

“If we want to be understanding about it, the act of booing your own team comes from a frustrated place of encouragement.
“I expected you to be good, and you’re not. Be better. Or else.”
On this basis, there is no more angrily encouraging city in North America than the one we live in.”

What a total bunch of garbage.

I mean, Toronto gets ripped for not having ESPN. Toronto gets ripped because the suits aren’t loud enough in the ACC. Toronto gets ripped for booing fans. We’ve been told hitting the road is good for the jays to get away from the circus.

A boss of mine always said that you can’t suck and blow at the same time.

People spend hard earned money on tickets (in some cases) or they are sitting in someones seats that paid for them and there is an expectation of a level of effort and performance. I don’t recall too many teams who played really hard and got booed in losing. (I’m sure several of you will point out where I am wrong).

Here’s a novel idea stop writing the booing stories. Dickey makes big bucks. He’s absolutely sucked so far. Expectations are high and performance so far is low. He’s a big boy, they all make big money, it’s enough already.

At least people care enough to go. Where’s that story????

Bob Elliott hit the nail on the head in his article yesterday in the Sun:

“After 17 pitches, the Boston Red Sox led by five runs and on their way to a 13-0 win over the Blue Jays, a complete butt kicking in the finale of their three-game series at the Rogers Centre.

And so endeth the first home stand.

It’s the first time the Jays have dropped back-to-back series at home since 2004 when they lost three straight — to the Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles and Boston — on the way to a 67-win season and a last-place finish in the American League East. How big will the crowd be when the Jays return home from a trip to Detroit and Kansas City to play the Chicago White Sox on April 15?

If Dickey keeps throwing like he did Sunday, it won’t be anywhere near the 41,168 who watched the Red Sox light up the Jays for six home runs.”

While it may not be time to panic, if this trend (however short it may last) continues to when the team comes home, the Skydome will be 3/4 empty again.

The best thing the Jays have going for them so far? The fact the maple leafs may be playoff bound.

On that note, I really laughed reading Bruce Arthur’s column on the leafs, warning you may need a statistician’s degree to follow along….I was told there’d be no math….

“Over 82 games, it might fall apart. Over 48? The Leafs will make the playoffs for the first time since Twitter and Facebook were available to the public”

Did you see or hear Richie Rich Doug MacLean today?

It’s Hazel Mae’s job to clean the studio….

All class MacLean…..

I see he’s on the fan tomorrow, I guess no repercussions for comments like that.

What’s the old saying, you can take MacLean out of hockey but…..

Happy Wednesday….


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Steve in Waterloo
Steve in Waterloo
April 10, 2013 10:18 am

It is not just TO.
Steve Ott was commenting that it is “ridiculous” that the Sabres fans would boo the players. “They were making a mockery of us”.

Perhaps they were making a mockery of themselves???

He later recanted and of course blamed the media.

April 10, 2013 10:19 am

I’m pretty sure that there’s been enough momentum built in the fan base that we wont start seeing 12,000 people there next week just because of a bad road trip.

April 10, 2013 11:10 am

Well, the tickets might be sold already, number thru the gate?

April 10, 2013 12:08 pm

Nah. Fan support isn’t that fickle. I don’t think a bad couple weeks will affect crowds of a super hyped Jays team, just like how a great couple weeks won’t affect the crowds of a Jays team that is expected to be terrible.

Ami Angelwings
April 10, 2013 12:12 pm

I agree with Daniel. Despite the boos, I think the fans still will show up hoping to see what they were promised. Even the angry fans understand that it’s early and they may still see the skills that they expected to see. I think for a while fans will still tune into every game hoping to see the talent on this team perform. If the Jays continue to be bad for 30 or 40 games though, people will start tuning out.

April 10, 2013 12:20 pm

The jays better hope the leafs are one and done in the playoffs

April 10, 2013 12:24 pm

I agree Ami.

@ Alex – Beeston claims that it’s better for the Jays when the Leafs are good, because it creates a ‘positive sports atmosphere’ in Toronto. When every team is bad, fans quickly get cynical and apathetic. I think I could buy that. Worked in the early 90s, anyway.

April 10, 2013 12:58 pm

Yes, fans pay their money and have the right to boo. I don’t like it, though – especially this early in a season. But if the Jays are out of it by August, then by all means… Booing Dickey was classless though (or any pitcher who just got lit up). The Jays have a hard enough time attracting players who want to play there. Having a reputation for having asshole fans won’t help.

April 10, 2013 1:40 pm

In a poke at people panicking already, Matt Cauz had a funny line when when Gregor Chisom of was on his show today: “Who should the Jays choose with the first overall pick in this year’s draft?”

April 10, 2013 6:56 pm

I think there is two types of booing, when you are booing the guy as an individual and when you are booing someone because of a situation. Booing a guy as an individual should be left to very distinct situation when you have had it with him being on the team, so you boo him every time he’s at bat, or warming up in the bullpen, or being annnounced as a starter, as fans you should not do that often but only when you have had it with a player.;

That is not what happened on Sunday, people booed the situation, the game was almost over by the first, you pay $60 or whatever and the game is over before you started, I think fans have every right to boo the situation, and it’s hopefully short term and the next game everyone lovethisteam again.

There is some situation that’s awkward to boo a player, I wouldnt boo a legend of the team. Halladay would be somebody like that, Cito when managing the second time would be like that for me, Bautista is close to that for me (he needs to stop whining after every strike) But for goodness sake nobody on these team (again maybe with exception of Baustia) has earned the ability to be infallible. There’s a lot of players on this team I like, but I don’t think they earned the right to be above booing.

I have a big problem with especially commentators who will never be critical of players or coaches but will blame paying fans so easily. Of course there’s lines of being drunk, or things said that’s over the line or going on the field. But voicing your displeasure of a bad performance, fans will do that. You can’t have it both ways, you can’t want passion and then ask for calm and apathy when things don’t go great.

April 25, 2013 1:53 am

Doug MacLean…all class…too bad Mercedes of Burlington didn’t pull their endorsement deal with him.

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