• Orlando Cabrera: Yanks Fans Bad Losers

    Posted by on May 27th, 2007 · Comments (8)

    From the L.A. Times – with a hat tip to BaseballThinkFactory.org

    The New York Yankees might have the most fans, but they don’t have the best fans. So says Angels shortstop Orlando Cabrera.

    “They don’t appreciate good baseball,” he said. “They just appreciate the Yankees beating up on everybody.”

    “In Boston, they admire baseball,” Cabrera said. “In Anaheim, those fans are some of the best in baseball. They know you care there. They know you can’t do it every day. I appreciate that.

    “These people here, they’re mean. And they’re really mean to the other team.”

    Cabrera said the hostility in the stands has increased this season, with the Yankees below .500.

    “When we came here last year, they were in first place, so it was OK,” he said. “Now they’re just looking for an excuse.”

    He is not bothered, he says, by whatever language Yankees fans direct his way.

    “When people say [stuff], they only motivate me,” he said. “They’re bad losers.”

    Hey, you mean the Yankees beating up on everybody is not good baseball?

    Have you ever noticed that players like Cal Ripken Jr. say they love the New York fans because they are so smart about the game and they support their team whereas players like Orlando Cabrera moan and whine about the New York fans?

    I think that tells you all you need to know about these comments – and the person making them.

    Comments on Orlando Cabrera: Yanks Fans Bad Losers

    1. Jen
      May 27th, 2007 | 9:34 am

      Wait, this is the guy that didn’t even bother to run to first base on a ground ball back to the pitcher yesterday, right?

    2. May 27th, 2007 | 10:21 am

      The idea that *Red Sox fans* appreciate good baseball – in contrast to Yankees fans or any other fans – is just laughable.

    3. JeremyM
      May 27th, 2007 | 11:54 am

      What a joke. Anaheim fans had no idea what baseball was until they won the World Series. It takes a freaking monkey showing up on screen and some radio station giving them sticks to wave around to make noise.

      And don’t get me started on the comp to Boston fans- like those fans would be happy to see their team in 4th? I’m sure all Boston fans right now are disappointed that their team is beating up everyone and they’re missing out on “good baseball.”

    4. baileywalk
      May 27th, 2007 | 11:59 am

      Every rightfielder whoever had a beer dumped on him at Fenway disagrees about the fans there.

      Plus, Orlando is a former Sox, so anything he has to say, about comparing the New York and Boston fans, is irrelevant.

    5. brockdc
      May 27th, 2007 | 12:12 pm

      I live in L.A., and know just how right Cabrerra is when he boasts about Angels fans. What says Baseball Purist more than fans arriving at the game two innings late, leaving two innings early (regardless of the score), and having a jumbo-tron telling everyone when they should “make some noise”?

    6. Jason O.
      May 27th, 2007 | 12:49 pm

      They just won 2 in a row against the Yankees.

      Cabrera can say whatever he wants.

    7. xxxdanxxx
      May 27th, 2007 | 4:31 pm

      He has to praise angel fans, and in boston he’s a hero, so his reception is to be expected. Dumb thing for Cabrera to say.

      But it’s just as stupid to believe there’s a difference between sox and yankee fans. Both have their good ones, and their jerks. With the yankee record being what it is, I wouldn’t be surprised if the jerks are louder at this point.

    8. May 28th, 2007 | 3:24 am

      First, Orlando was in fact a Red Sock. 2nd, Orlando was written as enjoying some similar personal activities as those enjoyed by Hideki Matsui with his video collection. To such a degree that it was well known amongst cluhouse staff in Boston, and which activities routinely took place during games. Maybe you grossed people out, Cabrera.

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