Rodón shelters Giants fans, loves Bronx loyalists
New York Yankees enter 2023 as favorites to win AL East and second biggest favorite to win the World Series. Yes, expectations are high for this team, but that’s nothing new. When an iconic franchise like the Yankees falls short of its lofty goals for the season, fans go wild. Despite being consistently an above-average team, the regular-season win total is certainly not enough to please the Bronx folks today. No, those people, like Denzel Washington in Remember the Giantsdemands perfection in every aspect of the game, day in and day out.
Rodón is aware of that – and likely adored by fans in an interview with NJ Advance Media Bob Klapisch.
inside interviewRodón said, “The fans [in New York] want to win. They care. They care a lot.” He expressed gratitude for the opportunity to play for a group of fans that will hold him accountable when he performs poorly, unlike the teams he has played against before. Rodón stated: “The big fans are invested, but not like in New York. “Win or lose, you don’t get booed in San Francisco.
“There’s something about the Yankees,” he added.
The way Rodón presents this statement makes it seem like he is calling Yankees fans a superior group of fans, and from the responses I’ve seen from Yankees fans online, fans proud to be thought of like that.
This is the thing though. I don’t blame them. The Yankees are famous for winning. They have a reputation for big spenders. They have a reputation for winning by spending big. Big spending is said to lead to victory. If that didn’t happen, I would be very angry too. I’m not a fan of the Yankees, but the expectations that come with earning a big contract lead to loads of taunts and boos no matter where you go.
Everyone knows Oakland A doesn’t like spending money. Well, there was a time when they broke that expectation. The most notable example in recent memory was in 2009, when the letter A surprised everyone by deals for Colorado sluggards Matt Holliday. Person A owes Holliday $13.5 million that year, the most of anyone on their list. pay and more than double the salary of the third highest paid player on the team.
Now, if you think back to Holliday’s brief stay in Oakland, most people consider it a failure. People say he “struggled bravely” with an A. He couldn’t figure out what was wrong with his swing. He doesn’t live on his salary. Now, with those statements in mind, what do you think Holliday’s numbers with the letter A are? How terrible could they possibly be?
The truth is, they didn’t. Sure, they weren’t the numbers Holliday was known for but in 93 games against Oakland, Holliday still beat 11 home runs, drove 54 runs and tripled 0.286/ .378/.454, good for .831 OPS and 120 OPS-plus. In a ballpark as spacious as Oakland’s, those are all very solid numbers. Throughout the 2009 season, Holliday remained in fourth place on Group A in the WAR for the season, third in home games and leading the team in terms of percentages on a base, percentage basis. slide and OPS. He’s certainly had more success in Oakland than people realize.
Fans in San Fran are also crazy
The fact that Rodón said fans in San Francisco weren’t as invested as he wanted seemed a bit disrespectful. Sure, the Giants just went through a 107-win season, the best record in all of MLB, but even the most die-hard Giants fans know that season was magical and most likely won’t repeat, especially with the absences of Buster Posey and Kevin Gausman as well as the injuries of the likes of Anthony DeScafani. In addition, no one expects Brandon Crawford to repeat his career in the 2021 season at the age of 34.
Sure, Rodón is paid the most of any player on the team, but he’s not only met the expectations he fulfills, but far exceeded them, coming sixth in NL Cy Young’s vote. . Yes, the team may not hit 100 wins again, but why would you expect them to boo you for a job well done on the mound?
In regards to his time in San Francisco, retired southerner Barry Zito wrote in his book “In bad games I was booed much more violently than I did even during bad games. My worst game in Oakland. While I’ve had some great years across the Bay, I don’t have a leg up with San Francisco fans and have to get all the cheers.
This was before the Giants won any of their post-2000 World Series titles. The reputation of the win is yet to come, however, the expectations and price tag attached to Zito have led to a much more backlash from Giants fans. And that is to be expected. Even the TV station Giants Mike Krukow admits that Rodón’s comment is partially correct, claiming that while East Coast teams treat their players like children, San Francisco treats them like grandchildren. That’s not to say there’s no love and investment, it’s just delivered in a different way and I fully believe the amount spent plays an important role in that.
Let me put it this way. If you were running a company, would you be more upset about a small part of the company that isn’t performing at the level you’d like, or that the large division you’ve just poured a bunch of money into now is costing you? thousands of dollars? Odds are, the latter. The more you invest in something, the more ingrained your reality becomes, and no one likes to invest in their team more than the New York Yankees (historically speaking; the Mets have recently taken hold of that distinction. ).
Yes, Rodón, Yankees fans will be more invested in your success than Giants fans. This fandom was hoping to win and they haven’t in years. They are angry, and you have to be the one to push them off the edge. Although they were expected to win the AL East, it was not enough. Unlike in San Francisco, where you were only supposed to replace Gausman, now you’re supposed to be worth the money the Yankees gave you – aka. fourth most for any American League pitcher, and one of the three in front of you is Shohei Ohtani. Obviously, fans will be more invested. Don’t pretend that money and fame aren’t the reason why.