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Old 06-10-2019, 12:33 PM
TommyJohn TommyJohn is offline
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Jose Valentin mimicked Sammy Sosa's homerun skip and blowing kisses after he hit a big home run against the Cubs at some point in the 2000s. I don't think that went over well with Cubs fans, but I don't know if it registered enough that they hated him for it.
Some media members were terribly offended, as I recall.
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Old 06-10-2019, 01:04 PM
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It is really hard to say anyone will ever be as hated as AJ.

The other problem is, usually hated comes from jealousy. Like, I am not happy Keller hit Anderson, but I would care more if we were playing games that REALLY mattered. Since its been so long without a good team, and inconsistent time frames between good teams, its harder to find anyone worth hating.
I was at a game in Oakland where Pierzynski was loudly booed when the starting lineups were being announced. That went way back, of course, but his year with the Giants (who released him) might have made things worse.

Cubs fans reflex hatred of White Sox players has been present as long as I've followed baseball. Around 1970, there was a Tribune article talking about the White Sox hatred in the Cubs bleachers (as if fans of a contending team should care about the local struggling team). One of the bleacher bums said of the White Sox outfielders, Walter Williams, Carlos May and Ken Berry, "One has no neck, one has no thumb and one has no brain."

Seriously, that was as likeable outfield as a team could put together. I don't know if Cubs fans were joking a half century earlier about the left fielder having no shoes and the center fielder having no brain. Maybe it was an insult that spanned generations of Cubs fans.
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Old 06-10-2019, 01:09 PM
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Some media members were terribly offended, as I recall.
The same media members who today, won't give him the time of day.
Not trying to derail this topic, but, has there been a bigger Chicago star to fall from grace as low as Sosa has?
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Old 06-10-2019, 01:53 PM
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I've definitely heard Tigers fans saying they hate Joe Crede.

AJ Pierzynski will get booed everywhere except the South Side and maybe Minnesota.
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Old 06-12-2019, 01:19 PM
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Probably more for his time with the Indians, but Albert Belle was disliked by just about everyone.
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Old 06-12-2019, 01:38 PM
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AJ was an ass, but he was OUR ass.
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Old 06-21-2019, 12:44 AM
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I was at a game in Oakland where Pierzynski was loudly booed when the starting lineups were being announced. That went way back, of course, but his year with the Giants (who released him) might have made things worse.
When you said Oakland I thought of this HR he hit against them in the playoffs in '02, complete with bat flip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7E04IKeG6E
Some of this could have still been lingering for Oakland fans, that could explain it also.
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