Boo You


In the third inning of last night's game, I heard something that I feel needs comment. The man leading off for the Cubs that inning was booed before he even approached the plate. At that moment, Fukudome was hadn't batted in game 2 and had recorded a putout in right field. True, he went 0 for 4 the night before, but outside of DeRo and The Riot, who exactly hit well in Game 1?

So what, exactly, had Fukudome done to that point that deserved him being booed? Had he misplayed a ball in the infield? Had he left Soriano on second base with no outs in the first inning? Had he done anything to impact the 5-0 score? I just don't get it. We aren't Philadelphia. We don't boo a guy every time he does something bad (or in Fukudome's case, before he does anything).

Now, the hordes of people who read TD on a daily basis will immediately jump up and say I have a man-crush on Fuku, given my blog about him on Wednesday. Maybe I am more of a fan of his than most people, but I was screaming at him after he struck out. And struck out again. And again. His last strikeout (which occurred long after most of you probably went to bed or turned the game off) was looking at two consecutive pitches down the middle of the plate. But I was screaming at Daryle Ward, who did the same thing as the very next batter. I think I probably screamed at every Cub who saw action last night, and I probably cursed those who weren't in the game.

My point is, why is Fukudome getting the Cubs fans wrath? Yes, he hasn't done anything in the series. But name me a Cub whose had a good series? The .500 hitting DeRo, whose error opened the floodgates last night? The .429 hitting D-Lee, who also had an error in that inning and surprisingly, hit into a double play?

I guess I just don't see how in the 3rd inning of Game 2 Fukudome deserved the boos of the fans.

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