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Did they boo Manny? Yes, but ....

Posted on: July 7, 2009 11:10 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2009 10:27 am
NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira got booed more in Baltimore.

Johnny Damon gets booed more at Fenway Park.

Luis Castillo got booed more Tuesday night. So did Guillermo Mota.

We could tell you that Manny Ramirez got booed Tuesday night at Citi Field, in his first true post-suspension road game, and we wouldn’t be lying. But it sure would be misleading, because if this was as hostile as it gets for Manny, he’s got nothing to worry about.

Maybe fans don’t care as much about steroids as we think they do. Maybe they simply like Manny more than we think they do.

That’s his explanation, of course.

"The fans have been great to me, especially in LA,” he said. "What can I say, I’m just blessed everywhere I go. People like me, the way I play, the way I do things.”

We’d like to argue with him. We’d like to tell him people are outraged by his cheating, and by his refusal to talk about it.

Maybe somewhere, they are, but obviously not in New York. And if not in New York, then where?

Sure, Manny would get booed in Boston, but that has nothing (or very little, anyway) to do with steroids.

He’ll get booed, at least a little, at every stop.

"Even without the suspension, that’s the kind of reaction he’s gotten,” Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "Last year, after he joined us, he got the same reaction.”

But really, the reaction wasn’t much. Even when Ramirez was tossed out of the game by home-plate umpire John Hirschbeck (“I was coming out in the fifth anyway, so it wasn’t a big deal.”), the New York fans didn’t get too worked up.

Imagine the hooting if Teixeira gets tossed from a game at Camden Yards.

For Manny? Nothing.

So this is the lesson:

Fans hate guys who don’t decide to play for the hometown team (even when the hometown team is barely making an attempt to sign them).

They hate guys who leave the hometown team to sign elsewhere (even when that other team is offering much more money).

They hate guys who play for the hometown team and don’t play well.

Manny? It’s not love, but it’s sure not hatred.

UPDATE, Wednesday 10:23 a.m.: This morning's New York Times includes a photo of Manny walking off the field after his ejection. The caption in the paper (but not on the web) says "Manny Ramirez left the field to jeers . . . " But look at the picture. From what I can tell, maybe four people are jeering, one is cheering and two are taking his picture with their cellphone cameras. Look at those faces. Does that look like hatred to you?
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