Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool
Between this and what's going on with KC Chiefs fans right now, I'm wondering when athletes developed such thin skins.
I can see getting upset when someone heckles you, especially if they make it too personal. But really, does getting booed hurt your feelings so bad that you have to cry about it?
Today's athletes are a coddled group, from their early teens on, and few of them have known anything but success.
Fans know how to act, how to cheer, how to support a team. There are a few bad apples everywhere, and due to the increase in video everywhere, they stick out more now.
Whenever I hear a player, owner or team official attempt to instruct a fanbase how to act, I usually think the problem is not the fans, but the team.
...But we are different here in the Queen City...
In 1964, Reds fans were so supportive of their streaking hot team, that when they returned after a season ending road trip in which they won 8 straight games to take a one game lead in the NL with 5 games left, all of 10,000 folks showed up for the first game (which they lost to the Pirates), 8000 showed up for the 2nd game (loss) and 7000 showed up for the 3rd game (win). 25000 souls for an end of the year 1st place team, in a 3 game series. Is it any wonder that after Powell Crosley died and the Dodgers and Giants left NYC, that new ownership looked for a bit to possibly move to Gotham?
Club officials estimated that more people showed up at the airport to greet the team upon returning from that road trip at midnight, than actually went to the game the next day.
We have history.