Hard to say which adage is less correct, “the customer is always right” or “St. Louis fans are the greatest”. Cardinals reliever (and until recently, closer) Ryan Franklin, victimized by a Lance Nix solo HR during the 8th inning of last night’s 8-6 loss to Washington (and roundly jeered afterwards) would seem to take issue with both, as reported by MLB.com’s Matthew Leach :
“Sure, I hear it,” Franklin told reporters. “I guess they’ve got short memories, too, because I think I’ve been pretty good here. It doesn’t bother me, but you know, it just shows some people’s true colors, you know?
“You’re either a fan or you’re not. You don’t boo your own team. I don’t care who you are or what you say. Just because you spent your money to come here and watch us play, and somebody happens to make one bad pitch and gives up a homer, you don’t start booing them. I’ve been here for five years, and four years I’ve been pretty good. You should go write stories about the fans booing. They’re supposed to be the best fans in baseball. Yeah right.”