Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hey Ryan Franklin - There's no crying in baseball

I came across this article this evening after the Cardinal's loss today in game one of a double header. It is no secret that Cardinal baseball is a religion in the McHawes family. I will probably tolerate bad play by a Cardinal longer than most. I look at it like this it is a long season, in time things will work themselves out, most of the time. Back to the article, Franklin's comments ticked me off. Check the article and then I will speak my mind.

ST. LOUIS -- Ryan Franklin had a few choice words for Cardinals fans after he received a chilly reception from them on Wednesday afternoon.
Franklin, recently removed as the team's closer, pitched two innings in the Cards' 8-6 loss to the Nationals, in the first game of a doubleheader. After a clean seventh inning, he allowed a homer and a walk in the eighth and received a round of boos from the fans at Busch Stadium.
After Franklin fielded several questions following the loss, the topic of the boos was brought up. He said he "didn't want to make a big deal" of it, but also argued that home fans shouldn't be booing a player from the home team.
"Sure, I hear it," Franklin told reporters. "I guess they've got short memories, too, because I think I've been pretty good here. It doesn't bother me, but you know, it just shows some people's true colors, you know?
"You're either a fan or you're not. You don't boo your own team. I don't care who you are or what you say. Just because you spent your money to come here and watch us play, and somebody happens to make one bad pitch and gives up a homer, you don't start booing them. I've been here for five years, and four years I've been pretty good. You should go write stories about the fans booing. They're supposed to be the best fans in baseball. Yeah right."

I am not a fan of booing our team. I don't think it should be done. But, it happens. I have heard some of the best in the history of the game booed However, for the most part Cardinal fans are loyal to a fault. Yet it comes time when poor performance or lack of effort or the appearance of will not go unnoticed.

Franklin's statements make him sound like a cry baby and childish. Most of the fans do not have short memories. In fact I remember last year in Spring Training, when he was having a terrible Spring, saying he just couldn't "get up" for training games. Are you freaking kidding me? Then he follows with the statement of "just because you spent your money". I assume that Franklin does not live in a cave and is aware the economy is not the greatest. The fans do deserve to see the best players on the field for their money, their hard earned money. You are having a season where you couldn't throw a ball past three hitters in the 9th even if they were Helen Keller, Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles. Your ass NEEDS to be on the pine. You are being paid big money for playing this game. You have no right talking about what the fans spend to get there. Also, it is not just one pitch. You have blown all but one save opportunities so far. So they are not booing one pitch. They are booing the totality of your lack of performance.

We are the best fans in baseball. These types of statements will not win Franklin any fan points for the future. Imagine if he was in New York, Chicago or Boston and threw these jabs at the fans. He would need to wear armor next time he took the mound.

As far as I am concerned, Franklin can pack his diaper bag and kick bricks.  There's no crying in baseball.

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