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
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.