Javier Vazquez got booed during his 2nd start against the Angels. A blogger I read and enjoy, Craig Calcaterra, called those that booed "classless and ignorant". Not only is he right, I think he didn't go far enough. By the way, I was born a New Yorker, and I've been a Yankee fan since the early 1970's.
Let's start with a few "reasons" given by some that say it was okay to boo Javy Vazquez.
"He is performing badly, I should get to boo him!!"
At the time of the first boos, Vazquez had pitched a total of one game this year. Should someone really be judged/booed after one game? The boos continued after coming out of the game giving up 3 runs in 5+ innings (yes, 4 after all, but the fourth came after Al Aceves came in to relieve). So 3 runs in 5 innings is boo-worthy to some?
Ignorant Yankee fans 1, informed Yankee fans 0.
"He performed badly in the 2004 ALCS!"
Really? You think it's ok to boo someone who did something 6 years ago? Especially when I could name at least 10 players who had more to do with the collapse than Vazquez?
Ignorant Yankee fans 2, informed Yankee fans 0.
"I pay a lot for these tickets, it's my right to boo!"
Okay, Let's take something that is considered "classy," the opera. In New York, you can go see Der Fliegende Hollander at the Met. According to an online ticket site you can get tickets for somewhere between 42 and 595 dollars. Maybe it's not 1000s of dollars to sit behind the dugout in Yankee stadium, but $595 is not chump change. If the person playing the role of Senta, Doland's daughter (soprano), is off key a few times, how many opera goers are going to boo her? Zero, because they have class.
How about the Symphony. the NY Philharmonic is playing at Avery Fisher Hall, ticket prices up to about $200. If the trombone player, Joseph Alessi, gets out of time with the others for a few beats, will the audience boo him? No.
Classless Yankee fans 1, Classy Yankee fans 0.
"These athletes make a bajillion dollars, the deserve to be booed when they don't perform like I think they should!"
When Frank Sinatra performed live (how much was he making per year?), if he coughed during the singing of "New York New York" would a classy listener boo? No.
When David Copperfield performs in NY, he screws up a couple tricks, would a classy audience boo? No.
Classless Yankee Fans 2, Classy Yankee fans 0.
Lets go a little further. If you went to the premier of Rocky V and Sylvester Stallone was in the audience, at the end of the movie would you have gone up to him and booed him to his face? No.
Cowardly Yankee fans 1, sane Yankee fans 0.
If you had a VIP pass to be in the dugout during the game when Vazquez pitched, would you have booed him as he walked back to the dugout? No.
Cowardly Yankee fans 2, sane Yankee fans 0.
So, the totals here are :
Ignorant, classless, cowardly Yankee fans 6, informed, classy, sane Yankee fans 0.
I don't boo. The only time I would consider booing is if I know someone I paid money to see was not putting forth his/her best effort. I can't read people's minds nor know there current condition, so there's no way for me to know if a player is not putting out his/her best effort given his/her current physical or mental status. Therefore, I don't boo.
And really, what do people that boo, get out of booing? Vazquez gets pulled out of the game, he's walking to the dugout, you stand tall, boo your loudest, then sit down. Was it worth it? Do you feel better about yourself? Did you really "give it to him"? In the end, you sit back down, and the Yankees are still down 3 to 1. You've changed nothing. You said to him, behind the blanket of others booing (because you are a coward), "you have displeased me" or "you suck!!" or "I hate you even though you probably did your best, but you let me down because you didn't live up to my standards that (not all but you because of something that happen 6 years ago) have to throw a no-hitter each time out and then, maybe I'll cheer for you".
Wait, you will cheer for him once he starts performing better??? Well then, I think we can add one more thing to the list:
Hypocritical Yankee fan 1, knowledgeable Yankee fan 0.
There's a reason people don't throw rotten vegetables at actors in theaters any more. It's because those that go to the theater are no longer ignorant, classless, cowardly, hypocritical jackasses.
It's time to evolve.