Welcome Back, Alex Rios
There’s no question that Alex Rios was public enemy number one at last night’s Home Opener. While some jeering was expected, I couldn’t believe the magnitude of boos that rained upon the former Blue Jay.
Wasn’t it just nine months ago that Alex Rios was the future of this franchise? How quickly people forget when the player suddenly gets shipped off to another team.
It’s not like Alex Rios ever requested a trade out of Toronto. It’s not like he ever had anything bad to say about the city or it’s fans (aside from the “Who Gives A F*ck” incident).
So why all the hate for Alex Rios?
Honestly, I’ve never heard crowds at the Rogers Centre booing that loudly for an opposing player … and that includes Alex Rodriguez. A-Rod did something that warranted being booed. His bush league move back in 2007 combined with allegations of cheating on his wife in Toronto were enough to get him booed.
Alex Rios on the other hand, did nothing wrong other than suiting up for the other team.
In the end it all didn’t matter anyway. Rios must’ve fed of the hatred from the crowd, because he went 3 for 5 and subsequently bumped his average above the Mendoza Line.
Maybe in some strange way, I was secretly responsible for Rios’ great night at the plate since I was hoarding an Alex Rios t-shirt underneath my Blue Jays jersey.
Good thing I didn’t decide to stand up and profess my admiration for Rios, because I probably would have been fed to the drunken wolves.