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D-Backs fans boo Brewers during Derby

Posted on: July 12, 2011 12:34 am
Edited on: July 12, 2011 12:32 pm

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Prince FielderPHOENIX -- Prince Fielder's son was ready to throw down -- he wanted a fight.

"I had to tell them to calm down, it was nothing personal" Fielder joked afterwards. The boos didn't get to him -- but they did get to his son. And his teammate, Rickie Weeks.

As soon as Weeks was introduced, the boos started for the Brewer who was picked by Fielder to represent the National League. Instead, the crowd at Arizona's Chase Field made it perfectly clear who they had hoped to see in Monday's Home Run Derby.

"We want Upton," half the crowd chanted.

The other half of the crowd chanted, "Jus-tin, Up-ton," making it perfectly clear the hometown fans wanted to see their All-Star representative, Justin Upton, in the Home Run Derby.

Weeks responded with just two home runs and was eliminated after the first round. But he noted he knew why the fans booed him, but couldn't understand them actually doing it.

"I could care less, but of course you don't want anyone booing you at the All-Star Game," Weeks said. 

Upton, for the record, supported Weeks, tweeting during the derby:

Justin Upton 

The crowd reserved the loudest boos for Fielder, who was the team captain and selected Weeks, along with the Cardinals' Matt Holliday and the Dodgers' Matt Kemp. Fielder's three selections went into the game with a combined 53 home runs, but managed just 10 combined in the first round (not counting Holliday's two in a swing-off loss to Fielder and David Ortiz).

Fielder won some of the fans over when he hit five homers in five swings during the swing-off round, but then managed just four in the second round to finish the day for the National League.

Despite the loss, Fielder said he wouldn't have done anything different in picking his squad: "No, it was cool. I picked the guys I wanted to pick," Fielder said. "If they have a problem, tell them another person should have been captain."

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 6:51 am

D-Backs fans boo Brewers during Derby

Since: Jul 13, 2011
Posted on: July 13, 2011 6:59 pm

D-Backs fans boo Brewers during Derby

first of all if you were not there how can you speculate? i was there and i will tell you. it was not arizona fans doing all the booing! i was surrounded by every team out there, yankees,redsox,even your beloved brewer fans. and everybody got booed that was in the derby. so dont be blaming us az fans. lets be honest here do we blame fielder for picking his team? nope not at all. BUT everyone let him know they were not pleased. same thing that goes on in every other stadium. does anyone remember yankee stadium boos for the redsox? and such? quit judging and shut your loud overloaded mouths.Yell

Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2011 8:51 pm

D-Backs fans boo Brewers during Derby

To boo at an all-star game, regardless of the reason, is just wrong.  
And while everyone is debating Weeks or Upton, perhaps they should take notitce that Lance Berkman, Jay Bruce, Carlos Pena, Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard and Mike Stanton ALL had more HRs at the break than either Upton(15 HRs) or Weeks (17 HRs). Troy Tulowiski is tied with Weeks at 17, Ryan Braun and Danny Espinosa have 16, and Upton brother B.J., Brian McCann, Michael Morse, Aramis Ramirez and even the slumping Dan Uggla are tied with Justin Upton at 15 a piece.  Actually, Kelly Johnson and Chris Young have more dingers than their teammate Mr. Upton. They have 16 each. Andrew McCutchen, who has been on a tear lately, has 14 HRs, which ties him with the other HR Derby contestant, Matt Holiday.
Bottom line is that there were an ample number of players as or more deserving than Upton, Weeks or Holiday. Personally, I think selection to the derby should be by a vote of the players ONLY.... they really know best.

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: July 12, 2011 6:59 pm

D-Backs fans boo Brewers during Derby

I feel like a schmuck commenting at all on a HR derby thread but some things just have to be pointed out.  Nole up north, you feel sorry for the state of Arizona because and I paraphrase "the whole nation saw us act like jerks"?  Yeah, we are all so bummed out today.  Man I wish I didn't live in this beautiful state with 9 months of perfect weather because some baseball fans booed a guy.  Secondly, the whole nation or world or whatever you said?  Really?  New flash, the majority of the population had no idea the HR derby was last night, let alone watched it.  Hell, a lot of baseball fans like myself didn't even watch it.  Why watch glorified batting practice?  So, nice try but you gotta come up with better ways to rip our state.

Since: Jul 30, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2011 2:17 pm

D-Backs fans boo Brewers during Derby

I fault MLB for putting Fielder in that kind of situation.  Players are going to pick their boys and fans are going to boo if they feel their guy was snubbed. It was a really dumb way to pick the teams. 

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2011 2:10 pm

D-Backs fans boo Brewers during Derby

It was a poor decision on part of baseball officials to allow players to select the participants in the first place, in what is supposed to be a fan friendly exhibition, guys were obviously just going to pick their friends and teammates and I have a sneaking suspicion that Matt Holliday was not an original selection of Fielder himself but MLB said, "Look, we've got to have at least one white guy in the derby." Not taking anything away from Cano or Adrian who both put on a good show, but who there wouldn't have liked to see Josh Hamilton and AZ's Upton involved as well? I even liked the suggestion that HR specialists like Wily Mo Pena and Russ Branyan should be included because even more so than the ASG itself, the derby is geared more toward fan involvement with the freewheeling atmosphere and souvenirs flying into the stands. Don't blame Prince or the AZ fans, or attempt to bring external, unrelated political issues into it-- blame MLB who has bungled every aspect of the Midsummer Classic since the infamous tie game in Milwaukee, to continuing the novelty of interleague play which devalues the allure of AL vs. NL, to the stupid home field advantage rule, to the bogus All-Star selection process. The whole thing has become too convoluted and tweaked in too many ways and the prestige and entertainment value of the All-Star events have suffered as a result.

Since: Aug 5, 2009
Posted on: July 12, 2011 1:21 pm

D-Backs fans boo Brewers during Derby

lovindetroit...weeks isn't a homerun hitter, you say?  and yet you want him replaced by a guy that has 2 less homers on the season than weeks does?  how does that make sense?

Since: Nov 16, 2009
Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:53 am

D-Backs fans boo Brewers during Derby

Is Cecil Fielder seriously a grandfather?  Wow I feel old now.

Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: July 12, 2011 10:09 am

D-Backs fans boo Brewers during Derby

Why would they boo Rickie?  He has two more home runs on the season than Upton.  If Arizona fans knew their baseball they should have been booing the selection of Holliday who had one less HR than Upton.

On another note.....Upton spelled Weeks' name wrong in his tweet.  DOH!

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