Curtis Granderson contemplates his next AB

Curtis Granderson is turning boos to cheers at Citi Field

Mets OF Curtis Granderson had a triple, double and an RBI against the Dodgers on Thursday.

In his last 74 plate appearances, going back to May 2, he’s batting .313 with a .378 OBP, five home runs and 14 RBI. He hit .136 in April.


“I’ve always wanted to know why someone would boo, because in the next second they’ll cheer,” Granderson told columnist Jim Baumbach (Newsday, May 23). “So which one is it? You like your team or dislike your team? You call yourself a fan and then you’ll boo?”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I don’t expect him to understand why fans boo. He’s not alone, by the way. I’ve talked to other professional athletes about booing, and fan sentiment in general, and anyone in the league for more than a few years all seem to answer it the same way. They’re so far removed from our experience, and they operate with a different respect for what they do, I get why they can’t relate.




223 comments
Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

Ike is raking in Pittsburg...and our DUD (DUDA) is freefalling...Great assessment SANDY on who to keep.

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

If you stink you get boo'ed simple as that...fans have a right to boo players who underachieve; wake up, it happens in all sports.

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

What an idiot...he's paid to hit every month not just in May.  He was quiet throughout  April, why didn''t he address the media about his poor performance?  He hits a bit and now he wants to bark back at the fans, and doesn't understand why fans boo...he needs to wake up and smell the coffee.  I still believe he's overrated and was a very poor signing by SANDY.  Talk to me at the end of the year when he finish at the mendoza line with 25 HR and 300 strikeouts.

semperfi
semperfi

I agree with CG, you boo the other team, not your team, this is what gives you home field advantage. The only appropriate time to boo your team is if they don't hustle and play without passion. Being on the road in a hostile environment and being booed is to be expected but this should not happen at home, it does not create an environment for greater success but accomplishes in more cases the exact opposite. CG is as professional as they come and it is nice to see that he is able to overcome this type of negativity and still succeed, baseball is not a sport where pressing will make you better which is what the booing can very easily lead to.

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

Fanatic-a person with extreme and UNCRITICAL enthusiasm.By definition if you are a fan you don't boo.

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

Boo'ing at a ballgame is the socially appropriate way to show your displeasure with the play on the field.  Just like at a Broadway show the appropriate way is to stand up in the middle of the act, and QUIETLY walk out of the theater.  Just like at a restaurant the appropriate way  would be to send the food back or ask to see the chef.  I wouldn't boo at a show or in a restaurant. 


Secondly?  Sorry Grandy, we all know what you make.  We also all ASSUME (at least I do) that it took more money to bring you here, than if you played elsewhere.  If you under perform, we're going to let you know about it.  Don't like it?  Take less money and go play in Oakland or KC.

I NEVER boo results. I'd boo effort or poor decision making but not the results. I think I can count on one hand how many times I've booed but I DO get why a fan might boo. You pay $300 for your family to go to a game and for the most part if you're going to see the Mets at Citi you're seeing a less than top quality product. Granderson would be wise to not say much about it. He's a guy making 15 mill per year who was off to a historically bad start. The less you say on the matter the better. 

nhmetsfan
nhmetsfan

We should have a high threshold to boo players. They are human. In Curtis' and David Wrights' case, they are very nice men who care about the fans and their role as ambassadors for their team. They dont deserve the boobirds as long as they hustle. I can see booing Alex or Franky Rodriguez or Roger Clemens .

hankypanky
hankypanky

I was at the games when they booed Jackie Robinson. I also listened to games when Yankee fans booed Mickey Mantle. There's a personality type that needs to.boo because of the frustrations of daily life, and they find that booing allows them to vent, like many of the petty haters on this blog.

ptier
ptier

If we  can ever say that confidence affects someone's ability to do their job (whatever it is), we have to believe that cheering and booing matter.  I, for one, don't expect our players to be sociopaths. 


Yeah, don't coddle players doing truly abysmally, but booing players because they are in a slump? Only in New York can this be misconstrued as OK. Somehow, nearly every other city can have a fan base that actually roots for a team and its players. Who are the best fans in baseball? I hope to say "Mets fans" one day, but booing your own players is just one step above booing Santa, when it comes to the world of sports fans.


rico
rico

for everyone who was saying "Jason Bay 2.0"  i want to see a post where you say "I was wrong, this guy is not a bust. Good signing Sandy"


Come on, out with it…! 


cmetsfan
cmetsfan

I want to add some more points after thinking on this more. Sometimes the fans are actually booing a bad outcome rather than an actual player.


I really think somebody in the mets organization should explain to the players, there's about three groups of people who boo. Some are very toxic that love a negative atmosphere. Some think that's just what you do at a ballpark and get caught up, so it's rather innocent because they will cheer a good result. Then there's people like me booing every booing inappropriately.


Don't take it so hard Curtis and company.


Oh, and sometimes it is appropriate to boo a player when theyre out of line, or if it seems like something has gone to stale with the player so ownership needs to do something about it. In the case of Kaz Matsui, we all knew he was bad and was gonna be sent away, so that booing was too much at the end.

Curtis Batdorf
Curtis Batdorf

I don't get booing either. Fans act as though they think the players don't want to win. It's ridiculous.


It's the same thing that goes on here. The Mets lose and there is 500 comments on every thread talking about who sucks and who should be thrown off the team.


The Mets win and there are 25 comments, some of which guys are still complaining.

MMIAA
MMIAA

Curtis because you make enough money so nobody in your family has to work for the next 100 years.............

WoodsideNative
WoodsideNative

Mr Granderson, it's not that we don't love the team....we are tired of supposed stars coming in here with big paychecks and not doing anything. It's you we are booing, not the team.

Christopher Marion
Christopher Marion

What is your point in booing your own team? You boo the other team.  The only times you boo a player on your team is when that player is a bad guy like A-Rod or Barry Bonds or when your team just gives up.  So far, while this team is not a contender (yet), they have not given up.  Do you boo your own kid when he or she makes an error while trying hard? 


I watch and attend the games to see my team win.


SomeHighSchoolKid
SomeHighSchoolKid

You suck, people boo. You do well and people cheer. Pretty simple concept.

victor brunetti
victor brunetti

Booing is a feedback mechanism to let ownership know how upset we are with their decisions. It's mainly when over-priced and under-talented players validate everyone's worst fears. It's not meant to be personal. I've booed Jason Bay. I've sure as heck booed Oliver Perez.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

When someone actually hits the ball the way they should they stop getting booed and start hearing clapping. What a revelation. This article truly provides us with all the breaking news.

bigdirty
bigdirty

Mets fans have been especially tough on Granderson this year. Within the first week he was starting to hear boos because of his strike outs. You gotta giv a aguy a shot to start his season. 


I know grandy doesnt have a high average but he is starting to turn it around at the plate. 


I am not the type of fan who is going to boo my players at a game. I might say they suck once and a while but to sit there and boo guys when they come up to bat or come in to pitch...thats silly. If you are made that miserable by the team, then dont spend money going to the game. 


I go to at most 1-2 games a year and sometimes where as I use to go to 10 a year. Why pay for crap

dtlmetsfan
dtlmetsfan

Howabout a quote like this: "I don't worry about the boos. The Fans expect more out of me, they know what I'm capable of, and I didn't deliver. Time to start producing and turn this into a winning ball club."

johnsec125
johnsec125

Oh now i get it. That's why the Mets have stunk for the last 6 years. It's because we boo them too much.

David Jay
David Jay

Shouldn't a guy hitting .200 keep his mouth shut?

dooley
dooley

Granderson is absolutely right. Fans are generally only fair weather, and it sounds like Cerrone is trying to rationalize his boos.

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

So you boo because he is making more money then you?No your having a temper tantrum because he has something you want and you don't think he deserves it.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

@hankypanky Imagine being someone that booed Jackie Robinson? If it was a Giants, Willie Mays fan, okay, but otherwise...

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

@ptier Now you're introducing a larger subjective argument.  Where is the line of demarcation on a player simply in a slump and one performing "truly abysmally"?  Where was it for Jason Bay?  How about for Bobby Bonilla or Rey Ordonez? 

p8erbaghad
p8erbaghad

@ptier I hate Santa!  That fat lazy bum promises my kids all kinds of things he can't deliver year in and year out.  It always end up with me doing his work, ALWAYS!

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

Yea right...this guy is washed up and the Yankees knew it that's why he's no longer in pinstripes.  I respect your opinion, but quite frankly he stinks!

Just - MLB
Just - MLB

@rico Jason Bay on May 23rd 2010


.307 / .395 / 4 HR - 3 triples  10 doubles ( IN THE LARGER CITIFIELD )


Curtis Granderson on May 23rd 2014


.214 - .305 6 HR 1 triple 7 doubles 


im just saying....


theglider
theglider

He's hit well for three weeks. He's got the rest if this year then three more. It's a little soon to say he's solid.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

Let me also include, that the most impressive thing about Mike Piazza to me, was when he put up with the boo birds here his first season, and still signed with the mets, no matter how uncalled for the behavior of those fans was. That was tremendous. 

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

So you love the team,just not the players.That makes no sense

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

The point is how does booing accomplish the goal of the team winning?What you described seems more like a temper tantrum?This isn't what I want so I'm going to act out.

Bob Giacalone
Bob Giacalone

@Zach Goeringer It's that fine, breaking news Cerrone content. And it's worse in the winter months. There, he repeats the same story over and again.

rico
rico

@bigdirty Most fans are especially harsh because they are FANATICs as in Fans, and not the FUN kind of Fanatic. They are people who are living through the idea of being in some kind of family with their team. That they can channel all the disappointments and anger in their life at a sports team and it's parts. 


It's pretty sick stuff.  I understand it because I've lived it and have learned to be a little more objective and mostly patient.


Oh yeah and most crazy fans are kind of stupid, so there's that too. Stupidity plus anger = not good stuff



Bob Giacalone
Bob Giacalone

@dtlmetsfan You must be doing hallucinogens. These guys are entitled. They don't say things like that--even though we both know they should!

Bob Giacalone
Bob Giacalone

@David Jay Hey...that's .214!  Curtis wouldn't appreciate your exaggerating his bad batting average  :)

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

@Ed Yano Making more money than me is irrelevant. Taking a larger payday here, as opposed to elsewhere (Queens vs. say Tampa Bay..both are going to pay him millions...Queens 8 times out of 10 is going to pay more) comes with higher expectations.   When you don't meet those expectations, but continue to cash your check, i'm allowed to let you know about it.  You know what i'm NOT allowed to do? Ask for a refund on the ticket i bought.   "Every Gimmie has a Gotcha".  

Ed Yano
Ed Yano

But it was enough time to call him a bust?How does that make sense

Richard Alicea
Richard Alicea

If a player underperforms and is earning TOP DOLLAR...yes you boo the player and not the team.  How hard is that to understand?  Mets fans have great experience on this pal!

Christopher Marion
Christopher Marion

@Bob Giacalone @Christopher Marion  that's a true statement, but do you think that Curtis enjoys failing?  I bet he hated it when he wasn't making the big bucks.  Personally, I wish baseball kept the salaries private, knowing how much money they make spoils my enjoyment as then the argument becomes about something other than money. 

dooley
dooley

Would you boo him if he was?

JoMama
JoMama

@kefhrny17 he clearly doesn't. there is no such thing as a "fair weather" Mets fans because we haven't had fair weather since 1986.


*for fair weather fans, see: Yankees, Lakers, Dodgers, Heat, etc.

dooley
dooley

How can booing a player in a slump, and cheering a player when he breaks out of it not be fair weather?

dooley
dooley

Have you ever heard of a person being a fan of a player?

dooley
dooley

You both realize that you can be a fair weather fan for both players and teams?

dooley
dooley

You are developing a straw man argument (which is flawed btw) about the semantics. The hypocrisy of the fanbase is the issue.