In this morning’s Pirates Notebook, Dejan writes that Adam LaRoche is standing up for his slumping teammate:
“I can understand booing me. I was the new guy here, there were some expectations, and I sucked. But, I mean … you’re talking about Jason Bay, one of the most consistent hitters in the big leagues. That’s pretty weak to boo him. If you’re loving that player when he’s going well, you’ve got to stick with him when he’s not.”
What Adam doesn’t understand is the fair weather nature of Pittsburghers, it seems. When you’re playing for a perennial winner in Atlanta, the fans may be more supportive. When you haven’t finished over .500 since this blogger was six years old, then you’ll find that your margin for error isn’t as large.
You weren’t booed because you’re the new guy, Adam, you were booed because you hit .200.
We want results, and we want them yesterday. The black and gold nation is driven by performance. We’ll boo Big Ben when he tosses five interceptions in a game. (We probably won’t boo the Kid; he doesn’t have off nights.)
As for Bay’s being one of the most consistent hitters in the league—that’s a subject for a post later today.