Yesterday, Craig Calcaterra slammed Yankees fans for being classless and arrogant. Why? Because they supposedly booed Javier Vazquez during yesterday’s game.
These boos are almost certainly a function of people thinking back to 2004, which is amazingly weak given that, you know, the team just won the World Series five months ago. For a fan base that fancies itself so much more knowledgeable than anyone else’s, this was pretty bad.
Was Calcattera actually at the game? I was, and quite frankly, his take is a gross exaggeration of reality. Javier Vazquez was not booed. Sure, there were some audible groans when he gave up runs in the 3rd and 6th innings, but that’s what usually happens when the Yankees give up runs. For the most part, yesterday’s crowd was a very passive one, both for good and bad. Even when Vazquez walked off the mound the response was mostly indifferent, with a few offering polite applause and even fewer mildly voicing their displeasure. That does not count as “booing”…at least not in Yankee Stadium. Just ask Ed Whitson or Carl Pavano.
Yankee fans are far from perfect, and they have been guilty of senseless booing (see Arod). However, in this instance, Calcattera’s rant is much ado about nothing. If he is going to level such inflammatory criticisms, it would be nice if he was at least basing it off a first-hand account. Who knew that tweets about what one fan says were sufficient to form such a strong opinion.