Juan Pierre has dropped two crucial fly balls in recent games, both of them leading to losses. Lastings Milledge misplayed a drive to left, which lead to a couple runs scoring, as well as his demotion to Triple-A. And, just last night, Alex Rios dropped an easy fly ball to CF — and though no runs scored and the Sox won the game — the boo birds came out.
Among those not pleased? You guessed it, Manager Ozzie Guillen.
“It’s not fair,” Guillen told reporters after the game. “I know we’re not playing well…but fans are going to boo? I don’t think that’s fair.”
What seemed to bother him more were the mock cheers. It’s perhaps the most condescending move in sports. Your team has been struggling with errors, so when they make a simple play, you cheer as if they’ve turned in a web gem. Yeah, it’s kind of funny, but the players don’t especially appreciate it.
“You don’t want to kick a guy when he’s down,” Guillen said, adding “You want to support him.”
I get it, Ozzie. And as someone who watches all the games, I agree with you. Errors like this will happen over the course of the season. And while the Sox lead the league in errors right now, it will likely even out and they’ll find themselves at the middle of the pack by the end of the season. Keep in mind, however, that many fans that go to the game are at the only game they’ll see all season. And when they see the game slipping away due to stupid miscues, they are going to voice their disappointment and anger. That’s to be expected. You know the best way to get rid of the boos? A winning streak. Win games, and the fans will forget every stupid error that’s been made.