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Yankees Fans Wrong to Boo Robertson, Right to be Frustrated

by Gary Phillips | Posted on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
(Aristide Economopoulos | The Star-Ledger)

(Aristide Economopoulos | The Star-Ledger)

 

With one swing of the bat, the frustration and displeasure of a few thousand Yankees fans came pouring out Tuesday night.

Moments after the Houston Astros’ Chris Carter hit his 30th home run of the season, a towering three-run shot that gave Houston a 7-4 lead over New York in the ninth inning, David Robertson exited to a chorus of boos from his home crowd in the Bronx. The Yankees had three outs to work with, but the game was already over. Everyone knew it was over.

And so, after the media played up the importance of winning five or six games on a six game homestand against the Astros and Chicago White Sox, the fans were reasonably distraught having dropped the first game. They took their anger out on Robertson, a guy who has been terrific all season long.

It has been a very difficult season in the Bronx. After spending over $500 million this past winter, the fans expect a trip to October. Being Derek Jeter’s final season, they crave one last chance for The Captain to work his postseason magic. With every passing day, it seems more and more likely that that will not happen.

The fans reached their boiling point on Tuesday and with Robertson being the latest guy to screw up, he became an easy target. Fans threw all logical thinking out the window, and blamed a pitcher who has recorded 33 saves this season, replacing the legendary Mariano Rivera. With another dreadful loss fast approaching, the fans let their star closer hear it.

It was inexcusable. Robertson, with the year he is having, deserves some slack. He is by no means the reason the Yankees sit only three games above .500 as they fight for their lives to reach the playoffs. In fact, without Robertson, the Bombers would have been out of it a long time ago.

The fans have a right to be angry and upset, but their frustration needs to be directed at the right people, the Carlos Beltrans, Stephen Drews and Brian McCanns of the world.

David Robertson is not one of those people.

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Sports are my passion. I am a proud supporter of the Yankees, Jets and Knicks, but also a general fan of the three respective sports and leagues. In addition to Double G, you can find my work on Bleacher Report and The Setonian, Seton Hall University's award winning college paper. I can be contacted at gary.phillips@student.shu.edu or on Twitter @GPhillips2727.
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Sports are my passion. I am a proud supporter of the Yankees, Jets and Knicks, but also a general fan of the three respective sports and leagues. In addition to Double G, you can find my work on Bleacher Report and The Setonian, Seton Hall University's award winning college paper. I can be contacted at gary.phillips@student.shu.edu or on Twitter @GPhillips2727.

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