By Mike Steffanos
With a hat tip to Can't Stop The Bleeding for the link, I see that on Newsday's Mets blog, Bob Herzog takes the Mets fans to task who booed Chase Utley Friday night. Herzog can bemoan the "lack of class" from Mets fans all he wants, he himself is indulging in the recent arrogant and obnoxious trend of sports columnists to paint all fans with a wide brush and then let us know that we are not worthy.
First of all, Bob, despite the impression you gave, not all Mets fans were booing Utley. As a matter of fact, most weren't. I'm going to share something with you that you're obviously not intelligent enough to figure out on your own -- the people that don't boo make a lot less noise than the people that do. This is also true when a Mets player like Carlos Beltran was booed. Therefore, Bob, we class-lacking Mets fans would appreciate it if you wouldn't lump us all together. I know it's hard for you to grasp, but there are many different types of Mets fans, and about all we agree on is that we love the Mets. But then again, when you are smugly putting down a group to prove your moral superiority, details like that are mere inconveniences.
Secondly, Bob, I'd like to take a moment to make fun of you:
What is baseball without its history, and wouldn't have it been nice if Utley's 35-game hitting streak lasted a little longer to generate more discussion and make us appreciate what Joe DiMaggio did even more? The Mets have such a huge lead in the NL East that games against the Phillies can hardly be considered critical right now. And the fans booed Utley right from the start, not just late in the game when a hit might have been damaging.
Bob, can I ask you a question? When you wrote those smarmy and self-righteous words, did you pause for a moment to bow your sanctimonious head and give thanks that you are so very much morally superior to the rest of us? Did you have the required flexibility to reach around and pat yourself on the back for your virtuous regard for baseball history?
Mets fans had every right to boo Chase Utley and root against him Friday night. When a player gets booed in another ballpark, I think most see it as a sign of respect, anyway. I wouldn't have booed Utley had I been at the game, but I would have rooted against him, and I was happy when the Mets were able to stop his streak. Stopping a streak is a part of baseball history, too, Bob -- in case you didn't realize that. I have respect for baseball, and I respect Utley as someone who plays the game the right way, but I feel absolutely zero need to root for him, and can find no fault at all with people that bought those expensive tickets to spend an evening at the game and actively rooted against someone on the other team.
I suspect that sportswriters and columnists always looked down on the rank and file fans with a feeling of superiority and possibly even contempt, but in the old days they attempted to hide it. So while you bemoan the changing nature of fans, I feel nostalgic for the days when guys like you had some respect for the fact that guys like me pay your salary. For you and all those like you, Bob, please accept this virtual
Bronx Queens cheer from an ignorant fan.
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