Peter Schmuck is calling for O’s fans, who took a beating from Colin Cowherd and others for jeering Mark Teixeira on Opening Day, to boo A-Rod when he returns to the Yankees this weekend.
It’s not as if you need an excuse to boo the Yankees, who already represented a lot of what has gone haywire in pro sports. I’m just remembering the enthusiasm with which Orioles fans blasted Teixeira, whose only real sin was not wanting to accept less money to play for a losing team near his boyhood home. It’ll be interesting to see whether the anti-A-Rod sentiment that bubbles up in the stands will match the provincial passion that created so much energy at Camden Yards during the first series of the regular season.
Won’t this just invite more unreasonable Baltimore bashing? Cue up the Palmeiro, Tejada, “aren’t those fans hypocrites” talking points for the sports radio shows. I’m reminded of a friend, likable despite his Yankee loyalties, who just a few short pre-Mitchell Report years ago quizzed me about what was happening in the O’s clubhouse with steroids.
Baseball these days involves all kinds of hypocrisy, so who knows if O’s fans will get flogged for booing A-Rod, though he seems like a safe target simply because most fans and media types don’t like him.