After Orioles fans gave Mark Teixiera a very loud, very sustained, and very DESERVING welcome home the other day, it apparently caused many of the national media types to get their panties in a bunch.
“Classless,” “mean-spirited,” “uninformed,” “drunk idiots,” and the like are words being used to describe O’s fans by people such as Colin Cowherd, Peter Gammons, Jon Heyman, and Ken Rosenthal.
Mike Greenberg even chided Orioles fans for “hurting Tex’s feelings.”
Give me a break.
Nobody threw anything at Teixeira, right? Such as, oh, I dunno, batteries, a la Yankee Stadium bleachers? Or even like baseballs and beer cups, as was done by Toronto fans?
What kind of reaction is Teixeira going to receive when the Yankees go play in Boston? On top of the usual disdain that the Fenway faithful have for all Yankees, Tex can probably expect even worse, seeing as how he chose the Yanks over the Sawx this offseason.
Where will the outrage be then?
Nowhere to be found, I’m sure, as Gammons et al. will just go on and on about the “great rivalry” between the two clubs, and tell us for the bazillionth time how “passionate” the two fan bases are.
The collective hard-on that these ESPN/SI types have for Boston-New York blinds them to any possibility that other fan bases even exist, and “HOW DARE THEY BOO THE YANKEES?”
It was great to see Orioles fans coming together in a common cause, in a way so many have not for the past decade-plus. If it takes villainizing Mark Teixeira to accomplish that, then so be it. No talking head Yankee-lovers are going to make us feel bad about it, right?