A-Rod, Yankees booed in punchless loss to Royals
Only a fraction of the announced crowd of 39,229 hung around to see the final pitch of Monday’s 6-0 Yankees loss to the Royals. In fact, a large amount of that number probably never entered the building at all on a rainy, raw evening in the Bronx.
Those who did brave the elements for a three-hour, 10-minute affair in which the Bombers fared 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position wanted to have their voices heard, and understandably so. There were boos when Alex Rodriguez grounded out in the eighth, followed by weak strikeouts from Raul Ibanez and Nick Swisher.
The jeering continued as the Yankees wasted Mark Teixeira’s ninth-inning leadoff double with three straight outs — even though, despite the message of that classic Animal House clip where John Belushi says, “Nothing is over until we say it is,” it was indeed pretty much over by that point.
A-Rod, who finished the night 2-for-4 with a double, said that he heard the booing and didn’t have a problem with it.
“Without a question, these are the greatest fans in the world,” Rodriguez said. “They’re passionate. We all have the same frustration, we’re all working hard. But the one thing [is], we’re a confident bunch, we’re working hard, and we will turn this around. No doubt about it.”
Yankees manager Joe Girardi chalked the booing up as “part of the game,” and though he phrased his words carefully, he seemed to be able to sympathize with the sentiment.
“You’re going to hear it on the road, you’re going to hear it at home when you don’t play well,” Girardi said. “And it’s because our fans have passion and they want to win, and I understand that. So do the guys in that room. If they’re unhappy with us, believe me, we’re probably unhappier.”