LADY AT THE BAT: Orlando Cabrera Loves Yankee Fans (Nah, Just Kidding)

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Orlando Cabrera Loves Yankee Fans (Nah, Just Kidding)

Orlando Cabrera of the Angels had this to say to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times yesterday: "They don't appreciate good baseball. They just appreciate the Yankees beating up on everybody."

The shortstop compared Yankee fans to those in Boston where he played in 2004, and to the Angels fans that he sees in 81 games a year, saying "In Boston, they admire baseball. In Anaheim, those fans are some of the best in baseball. They know you care there. They know you can't do it everyday. I appreciate that."

He doesn't like the fact that Yankee fans don't applaud great plays by the visiting team. He continues, "These people here, they're mean. And they're really mean to the other team." He calls Yankee fans bad losers, saying they were fine when the Angels came to town last season because the Yankees were in first place. Now, he says, "they're just looking for an excuse."

Well these have to be some of the most ignorant comments I have heard all season. How does some player who only comes to New York three or four days in an entire season become an expert on Yankee fans? True, as member of the Red Sox he came here more often, but he only appeared in a total of 58 games for Boston, and I'm willing to bet that less than half were played at Yankee Stadium. Ridiculous. Someone who spends most of his time playing in La-La Land, where fans come out to the game just to get a tan, shouldn't be opening his mouth about people who actually come to the Stadium to see a game.

Cabrera should have a talk with one of his teammates, John Lackey, who feels very differently about Yankee fans. In his Yardbarker Blog, Lackey says Yankee fans "can be hard on you but they can go the other way too." He "like[s] the exchange with the fans and Yankee fans are the best at it. It's a great place."

I couldn't have said it better myself.

The Lady

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