Yesterday I went to Nationals Park to see the Nats play the Braves. At one point the catcher for the Braves was hit with a 90 mph pitch in his kneecap. (OUCH!!). He immediately went down, tried to get up, tried to play again, and then eventually left the field. There was a smattering of clapping in the stands for the guy who was obviously in really bad pain. I was very happy that people clapped and that no one jeered him. It seems more and more that fans are acting really badly and I was glad to see that Nats fans recognized that whatever the team, this guy was just playing the game and was hurt badly.
I mentioned that to one of my friends, and he told me that it was much different than when Nat Jayson Werth broke his wrist during a game against his former team, the Phillies. Apparently after he hurt himself a bunch of Phillies fans jeered him, saying things like “You deserve it” and “That’s what you get.” Bad form Phillies fans!
Werth later wrote an email to the Washington Post explaining the situation and saying that the fans’ bad actions were going to motivate him to heal quickly and beat the Phillies in the future. Good for him. But this reflects even more poorly on the Phillies fans (who have earned a bad reputation in DC) because when he was first picked up by the Nationals he defended his former team’s fans. Not any more!