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Alfonso Soriano: Chicago Fans Are the Worst with Booing Players

No matter how much players deny paying attention to fans, they all hear what we say. They may ignore you (even if it’s by using ear plugs), but they hear what is said about them. The difference is some players thrive off heckling and hate (see Barry Bonds) while others can’t handle it (see Randy Johnson).

Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano has been affected by booing in the past, so he can empathize with Adam Dunn, the White Sox’s free agent acquisition who’s hitting below .200 for the season. The White Sox and Cubs are playing a three-game series during interleague play and Soriano said he feels badly Dunn is getting booed.

“It’s very sad for him,” Soriano said after Tuesday’s game. “He’s a great player. The fans, they don’t understand when the player’s struggling, how hard it is and how he is trying. He cannot think about. He’s got to try to do the best he can to just concentrate on the game.’’

Then Soriano said the Chicago fans are worst when it comes to booing — and that’s coming from a guy who played with the Yankees for five seasons.

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Orlando Hudson: Home Fans Aren’t Supposed to Boo Their Players

The San Diego Padres are tied with the Houston Astros for the worst record in baseball. They’ve scored the fewest runs in MLB (only 70 through 25 games) averaging fewer than three runs per game. This was supposed to be a “rebuilding year” after the team traded Adrian Gonzalez to Boston, but they signed Brad Hawpe, Jorge Cantu, and Orlando Hudson to try and improve the offense. The problem is Cantu and Hawpe have been unproductive while Hudson has only been slightly better. Some fans have responded by booing the team, and that hasn’t sat well with Hudson.

Pad fans keep supporting us we need yall behind us. Home fans aren’t suppose 2 boo ur own players” Hudson wrote on twitter. He responded to a fan saying “trust me boos don’t bother me at all lil shawty. Cause where I’m from u better have thick skin.” Then Hudson compared Padres fans to St. Louis fans “I have seen Cardinal fans cheer a guy when he was struggling an I was like wow dats tight.”

Apparently Hudson missed the part about Ryan Franklin complaining earlier this season that St. Louis fans were booing him, but that’s besides the point.

Hudson continued to respond to fans on twitter.

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