Booing Orlando: Halos-Yanks Gamer III

From the L.A. TImes:

"The New York Yankees might have the most fans, but they don’t have the best fans. So says Angels shortstop Orlando Cabrera.

"They don’t appreciate good baseball," he said. "They just appreciate the Yankees beating up on everybody."…

Cabrera played in Boston, another city with a loud and loyal fan base,
before joining the Angels. He gives Red Sox and Angels fans high marks
for supporting the home team through tough times and applauding great
plays by the visiting team.

"In Boston, they admire baseball,"
Cabrera said. "In Anaheim, those fans are some of the best in baseball.
They know you care there. They know you can’t do it every day. I
appreciate that."

I think Orlando Cabrera is generalizing a specific event. When he returned to Boston in 2005 in an Angels uniform, he received a warm reception. A few of the Fenway faithful even gave this role player a standing ovation. That’s because he was a member of the most loved team in Boston history, the 2004 Sox. Also, he was not Edgar Renteria, who had replaced him. Edgar might have a different view of Boston fans. They didn’t appreciate that Renteria couldn’t do it every day. Some of them even booed him. But Cabrera extrapolated from that nice reception that Sox fans are like Cards fans and cheer regardless of the uniform.

Today, we Yanks fans have a duty to confuse Orlando. Yes, I know he’ll expect us to boo him throughout the game because we don’t appreciate this beautiful sport called baseball, especially when we’re not winning world championships (and yet we keep coming back for more. It’s been six-going-on-seven years!). But we should do the opposite. Every time he makes a routine play in the field, we should all cheer loudly. Chants of "Nice try, maybe next time, Orlando!" (so rythmic) should fill the stadium if he makes a mistake. If we have time before the game, fellow Yanks fans, let us go then you and I to a convenience store where they sell Thunder Stix, so that we can make noise without having to open our mouths! We can use these Thunder Stix to express every emotion a fan feels during a baseball game. They’re like cheers wrapped into boos wrapped into cheers. They’re all-purpose!

Forget that. Let’s boo Cabrera! And let’s hope the Bombers actually win because, you know, that would be nice. John Lackey, one of the best pitchers in baseball, goes for the Angels. Mike Mussina, who looks older each start, goes for the Bombers. Comment here on all the action.

42 comments… add one
  • > It’s been six-going-on-seven years!
    LOL! Try again.
    Dude, this is a Yanks/Red Sox discussion board; what’s a 6-7 year drought?

    winchou May 27, 2007, 12:26 pm
  • what’s a 6-7 year drought?
    Longer than a two-year drought.
    O-Cab really killed his case when he applauded Angels fans. Anyone who uses Thunder Stix is automatically a bad baseball fan.

    Paul SF May 27, 2007, 1:14 pm
  • Nieves with 2 hits and both RBIs. I strongly recommend the Yankees trade the slacker Posada and give the starters job to Nieves.

    Tom sf May 27, 2007, 2:21 pm
  • Clearly its the begining of the End of Days*. Nieves 2 for 2 with 2 RBIS. I’m gonna go get my affairs in order.. I really want to finish Kingdom Hearts before the fire and the brimstone htis.
    *Yes, I know that technically the phrase End of Days DOESNT refer to the Apocalypse. Thats just a modern media thing, but.. go with it.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 2:34 pm
  • You know.. this ANgels lineup would basically be truly terrifying if onlyu they learned to work the count a bit more. See more pitches.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 2:44 pm
  • This would be the inning to get Mussina out, if you want a slightly longer look at the bullpen, from the Angels’ POV. They got him (Mussina) on the ropes a bit last inning; Lackey’s got them back out there quickly.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 2:54 pm
  • this game is shapping up for a mo-tastic meltdown.

    sf rod May 27, 2007, 2:58 pm
  • Torre pulling a Torre here (IMO), bringing Proctor in maybe a bit early. Maybe they saw something to indicate Mussina is tired or something, though.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 3:01 pm
  • Okay, I’d like anything except a line drive to an infielder, a strikeout, a popup, or a little nubber right in front of the catcher/pitcher.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 3:03 pm
  • Walk puts the double play back in order, loaded for Quinlan.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 3:06 pm
  • Pinch-hitter Erick Aybar coming up, says Gameday.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 3:07 pm
  • After this inning, I’m totally moving to the Sox game, but high-leverage baseball is fun to watch even on Gameday.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 3:10 pm
  • great at bat by aybar. proctor walks in the tying run.

    sf rod May 27, 2007, 3:13 pm
  • An 11-pitch AB yields a bases-loaded walk and a tie game.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 3:13 pm
  • they should put one of those people movers between the mound and dugout in yankee stadium. proctor walks in the go ahead run.

    sf rod May 27, 2007, 3:15 pm
  • ANOTHER walk. This time on 5 pitches. 3-2 Angels.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 3:16 pm
  • Aybar should (probably, I can’t see) be shot for trying to take 3rd (with 2 outs!), but it’s 4-2 Angels after 6 and a half.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 3:22 pm
  • Now Neives draws a walk to brign the tying run to the plate. He’s being super-productive. I can hear REM playing in my head.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 3:28 pm
  • Lackey’s toast, but manages to get Matsui to end the threat.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 3:33 pm
  • Lackey escapes trouble, as the tying runs were at 2nd and 3rd with 2 out after Jeter doubled, but Lackey induces a groundout from Matsui.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 3:33 pm
  • I’m VERY surprised Lackey is still in this game.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 3:48 pm
  • Lackey saits down the Yanks 1-2-3 with 2 Ks to illustrate why I am not a Baseball Manager.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 3:52 pm
  • 1-2-3 they go for Lackey in the 8th. That should be it for him as he pitches a great game and goes through 8 on 105 pitches, giving up two.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 3:52 pm
  • Christ…way to increase your degree of difficulty there, K-Rod. Walks Abreu to start.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 4:01 pm
  • Abreu walks to lead off the 9th. Posada in to PH for … Doug. I imagien Damon will PH for Neives.

    Dionysus May 27, 2007, 4:03 pm
  • I’ve said for a long time that F Rod (maybe a little too long…since last year) is infinitely “destroyable”….let’s go Yanks!

    walein May 27, 2007, 4:05 pm
  • Posada on 1st, Abreu on second, Damon PHing for Nieves. 1-1 count on Damon.

    walein May 27, 2007, 4:06 pm
  • Damon basically executes the bunt…ground out, moving the runners to second and third. C’mon Melky!

    walein May 27, 2007, 4:08 pm
  • Moves the runners over. 1 out, runners at 2nd and 3rd…great opportunity for Yankees.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 4:08 pm
  • Wow. Two outs, bottom ninth, man on third, Yankees down by one. Tense stuff.

    attackgerbil May 27, 2007, 4:10 pm
  • The tying run is at 3rd with 2 out. And it’s Jeter, naturally.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 4:10 pm
  • Melky sac fly, Posada to third. Jeter up, tying run on third, 2 outs…can the captain come thru?

    walein May 27, 2007, 4:11 pm
  • Goodness.

    Devine May 27, 2007, 4:17 pm
  • Jeter flies out to right center after an excruciatingly tense, long at bat. Angels 4, Yankees 3.

    attackgerbil May 27, 2007, 4:17 pm
  • Nine pitches, then a 375 foot out to clinch the sweep.

    attackgerbil May 27, 2007, 4:19 pm
  • Now 6 games under .500…

    Rob May 27, 2007, 4:19 pm
  • someone has to get fired before monday morning. this team is playing some gutless baseball.

    sf rod May 27, 2007, 4:27 pm
  • Yup. 12 out, 6 games under .500; the last time the Yanks were this bad on this date in May was under Bucky Dent’s 1990’s Yankees who were 8 under .500 on the 28th. That powerhouse know as the 1991 Yankees with Stump Merrill were 5 games under .500 on the 28th. Chilling.

    attackgerbil May 27, 2007, 4:29 pm
  • Firing Torre is not the answer, Firing Cashman is not the answer.
    Torre did not decide players who were to be signed. Cashman had a minor role in a lot of the FA’s the team brought in. As much as I like Donny Baseball, I am not sure he is the right person to replace Torre. Torre has a huge following with the fans that makes it hard to fire him. Imagine now hiring Ole Donny and you have someone the fans love just as much and maybe more.
    This may just have to be a rebuild year as ugly and painful as it sounds.

    Rob May 27, 2007, 4:35 pm
  • theres no rebuilding with this team. the only contracts they can get out of this year is posada and mo. the free agent class of 08′ is lackluster at best. what do they have to offer via trade? you gotta wake up the guys who have quit on this team. i’d say make guidry the scapegoat, but it would take more than that probably. i do think girardi could make an impact right away.

    sf rod May 27, 2007, 4:51 pm
  • Let’s Celebrate everyone . As a lifelong Yankees Fan, It’s time to rebuild Wohooo!!!! Yankees 2007 Season are Over..

    cr_Yf May 27, 2007, 5:00 pm
  • True Rod, perhaps firing Guidry and Bowa would help things out.
    I do not subscribe to the fact that the season is over, there is a lot of baseball to be played, but with the current efforts of most of the players I am unsure what can happen. I do expect at some point the ole 12-15 game winning streak will be put up.

    Rob May 27, 2007, 5:12 pm

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