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Booing is just as much a part of a sports fan as cheering. | Unsplash/Nicholas Green

Let’s talk about the cheering and booing fans.

You buy your ticket and in some cases you pay a lot for that seat and your team steps onto the field. you cheer Almost all hometown fans cheer, drowning out the boos from opposing fans. Often you can see your team drawing energy from the support. Then your favorite player will be announced and the cheers will ring out again. You want him or her to be successful and you want to show your appreciation for everything he or she has done.

make no mistake Players will hear and respond to your cheers. They love the support. But what if you see them loitering around the field, making mistakes on easy plays and repeatedly failing in hug situations? They accept your applause, but now you want them to know that they have let you down. Is it okay to boo? Are you ungrateful when you boo while grateful when you cheer? Booing is just as much a part of a sports fan as cheering.

It is believed that the first organized cheering, such as cheerleading, occurred at Ivy League College athletic events in the 1860s. The first known “Cheer” in America is considered to have been shouted by the crowd at Princeton University in 1884 and read “Ray, Ray, Ray. Tiger, tiger, tiger.” But boos have been around since at least ancient Greece, dating back to the annual festival of Dionysia in Athens.

Booing in sports knows no bounds. In 1968, fans of the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League booed and threw snowballs at a man dressed as Santa Claus in what became known as the Philadelphia Eagles Santa Claus incident.

Brazilian racer Emerson Fittipaldi was booed after drinking orange juice instead of the milk traditionally drunk by race winners after winning the 1993 Indianapolis 500. Fittipaldi had made the move to promote Brazil’s citrus industry.

But what about booing hometown players? When a goalie makes great saves in ice hockey, they get cheers. If he concedes a few “soft” goals, he’ll be booed, and if he then manages to make an easy save after conceding a few goals, he’ll be sneered at.

What sounds like a “boo” sometimes isn’t. Bill „Moose“ Skowron, ein Yankee-Fanfavorit von 1954-1962, war verärgert, dass er „Buhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh” von der Menge hörte, bis Manager Casey Stengel ihm sagte, dass die Fans tatsächlich „Hhsthhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhbhhhbhhhhhhhbhhhhhhhhhhhhhh,hh,hh,hhhhhhhhhhhhh”-mhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh .

Hometown players don’t like to hear boos, but these are adults making big bucks in a visible job. Get over it… don’t you think so?

Hall of Famer Derek Jeter, then the “Face of the Yankees,” slumped in 2004, and when his average dropped to a .197 after a 0-on-4 game, he was booed by local fans. Jeter said: “We played poorly and would have booed each other tonight too. It’s hard to imagine that tonight was worse than us. Put me at the top of that list.” He accepted the taunt and took responsibility.

A story recently circulated reporting that Yankee players were upset they were being “violently” booed by their hometown fans when they were beaten by the Houston Astros in the ALCS.

The New York Yankees won 99 games this year, weathering a poor stretch and challenges from the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays to reach the playoffs. They then got past the Cleveland Guardians to earn a spot against the Houston Astros in the ALCS. By most observation, the Yankees played poorly against Houston and were swept. It’s not that they didn’t try, but their performance was terrible. Out came the boos, and those who played the worst heard it the most.

Josh Donaldson, who had a less than expected season, was only 4-to-16 against Cleveland and 2-14 after the first game. He then went 1-for-14 against Houston and struck out 16 times in the two series. He heard it loud and clear from the fans. But the big story was that fans turned on Golden Child and the face of the franchise, Aaron Judge. Judge captivated the fan base and carried the team on his shoulders for months, arguably the only player on the team to perform well all season. Judge had a historic season, setting team and American League records for home runs at 62, leading the league with 131 RBIs and a 1,111 OPS. He hit a career-high .311 and often heard chants of “MVP (Most Valuable Player)” from his cheering fans. But the cheers turned to mockery when he failed to make the playoffs, hitting just .200 against Cleveland and then going just 1-for-16 against Houston. For the playoffs, he was 5-to-36, a .138 batting average with 15 strikeouts. He’s a big boy… he heard the cheers, then he heard the jeers. To his credit, he took responsibility.

So you’ve bought your ticket and cheered on your team. Can you boo them too? And if so, should players accept that and play? Or should a fan always be 100% a cheering puppet?

What do you think? Do you sometimes cheer for your team for a moment, but let them hear it when they fail? Let me know how you feel at [email protected]


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