Curtis Granderson was booed early this season when he was in the midst of his almost impossibly cold start. He’s been much better as of late, but Jim Baumbach of Newsday caught up with him to get his thoughts on booing in general. Said Granderson:
Me myself, I’ve never booed anybody. I see no point in it…I’ve always wanted to know why someone would boo, because in the next second they’ll cheer. So which one is it? You like your team or dislike your team? You call yourself a fan and then you’ll boo?
I understand you’re a fan, but at the same time, you aren’t playing. I can see you getting that intense as a player or have played. But if you’re just a fan and watching, enjoy the excitement of the game that is in front of you, win, lose or draw, whatever the case is.
Granderson wasn’t referring just to Mets fans, but his remarks can certainly be applied to the way he was treated earlier this season.
Granderson has a point.
Unless you’re booing lack of effort, it makes absolutely no sense to boo.
It’s logical to be upset with the overall product, to be upset if the team has blown a lead, to be upset if one or two players fail in a big spot.
However, unless the player who the boos are directed at is showing that he doesn’t care about the outcome of the game and/or is failing to do his job to the best of his ability, booing is pointless and counterproductive.