Sunday, August 17, 2014

Rays' Manager Maddon Not Happy Fans Are Cheering for Jeter

Rays' Manager Joe Maddon doesn't appear to be happy with the Tropicana Field crowd's cheering of Derek Jeter.

After Jeter's ninth inning single yesterday gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead they'd never lose, just about all of the spectators who attended the contest were applauding, a logical happening considering most of them were probably seeing #2 play for the last time.

Still, following the game Maddon seemed mad with the way his attendees acted, ranting to The Star-Ledger's Brendan Kuty that, while he's fine with the support for Jeter, he wishes people would come to root for the Rays, too. 

"Yeah it's great," Maddon said. "It's great that it's sold out. And I understand that the people like Derek Jeter. But you've got to come out and root for the Rays, too, you understand. I mean, I totally understand what's going on. But I'm not going to sit here and defend all of that noise in the Yankees' favor in our ballpark. I'm not going to defend that. So we're going to come out and root for the Rays. We'd appreciate that."

Even though some out there aren't going to like what Tampa Bay's skipper had to say here, it's understandable why he was so angry, as he had just watched his team drop a contest to a rival. 

No, he shouldn't have gone off the way he did, but since what had recently happened was obviously pretty frustrating for him to witness I think this whole thing is actually tolerable, a fact I'm sure many will choose to ignore.


Sorry for the Capatcha... Blame the Russians :)