Boy, did I stir up a hornets nest for having the gall to question whether Orioles fans should have booed Michael Gonzalez after he pitched to his first batter in the ninth inning on Opening Day at Oriole Park.
Let me be clear on a couple of things: The fans have a right to boo anybody at any time for any reason. They paid their money and they can do what they want as long as they don't disrupt the game or infringe on the comfort and well-being of the fans around them. I doubt anyone would disagree.
In this particular case, I felt the booing was premature, even though Gonzalez blew the season opener against the Rays on Tuesday night and did not pitch that great in his one successful save opportunity on Thursday. I also felt the booing may actually have contributed to the loss, since Gonzalez looked flustered and bounced a pitch past Craig Tatum moments later. If the fans had booed him when the tying or potential winning run crossed the plate, I wouldn't have had a problem with it.
To those who wrote in to say that after 12 years of losing, no one should complain about anybody booing, I respectfully disagree. I admire the passion of the fans who burn for this team to finally start winning again, but 12 years -- or even 100 years -- of losing should not be used as an excuse for losing your humanity.