I think you're over-reacting. It's pretty normal for a visiting player to get some boos from his former team's fans.
Didn't The Great Gonzo hear some boos when he came back to AZ in a different uniform? Like Gagne he made his name putting up inflated highly suspect roid numbers for one team and now plays for another.
He left because he didn't fancy sitting in the dugout watching Saito pitch. There's no way he'd have bolted for 1 million more. Read the interview with him yesterday; he still misses being a Dodger and bleeds blue enough to repeat his pre-game rituals when he "comes home" to Dodger Stadium.
As for the cheater, yep, that rather calls into question the magic he used to work for us.
There was also a lot of cheering for him. I would've neither cheered nor booed because the cheating negates the good work, but not because of his trying to patch together a career where he'd get more work.
As for classy fans, for every example of un-classy, you've got classy...
Fans on the Brewers boards were shocked there was no swearing. Sometimes you give props to the other team, eh?
You are overreacting , If I was at the game i wouldn't have booed him, but he was a big name in the Mitchell Report, He did say he would take less money to stay with dodgers.
Does it really make you feel better to jump on every little thing dodger fans do and write about it?
so we should cheer a cheater?
besides the fact that hes a cheater, he said he wanted to stay with us, but turned around and signed the bigger contract. do you think its reasonable to pay a guy $12M, after hes sidelined for 2 years cause of injuries? the FO declined the $12M option, but we offered him a REASONABLE contract, but he chose to go a different path. it worked out well for all parties. well, worked out for us in the sense that we got SAITO (for a FRACTION of what gagne wanted) and got rid of a cheater. it worked out well for him cause he got a ring without helping his club (in many cases hurting his club) and is getting paid big bux to have an era over 6.
Eric Gagne*84 straight saves*
He was, and there were people clapping for him too -- but between the "hometown discount" fiasco (which I think was overblown, but I see why people got annoyed) and his saves record turning out to be as tainted as Bonds' HRs, he eroded fans' respect.
If you look at it another way, Dodger fans would have been hypocrites to boo Bonds but not Gagne because he's "one of ours."
Personally I won't boo any player, even Bonds, but I can see that logic.
The boos made me sad though. Other fans also expressed sadness about it. I suspect it's a mixed bag just as it would be if we played in Fenway -- Manny would get booed now, although there would also be clapping.
Not that I would class him with Bonds and Gagne. I think his talent is legit; he's just a slightly kooky primadonna. What a weird player to wind up a Dodger!
I think it's funny how people throw that classless word around like its some kind of insult.
Anyone who uses PED"s deserves to be booed, he cheated and that's why I boo him. I boo very few ex-Dodgers; Sheffield(@hole), JD Drew(the manner in which he opted out, not that he opted out), Gagne(cheated with HGH), and LoDuca(cheated with HGH and his comments about the Dodger organization).
I think it's classless not to boo a person that cheated especially when kids look up to ballplayers. The ballplayers are letting kids down not the other way around.
by the mid-late 90's and into the early 2000's, at least 1/3 to 1/2 half of major league ballplayers were probably using PED's, or had used at some point in their career.
It's just a fact we have to live with. The Mitchell report and other investigations are merely the tip of the ice berg. Trust me.
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Which is why I don't even boo Bonds. (That, and I think it's better to cheer one's team.)
Sad. The thing that really bothers me is that there's still no drug test that picks up HGH, is there?