There's an old baseball saying: Every time you go to the ballpark, you have a chance to see something that you've never seen before. Above the Mendoza Line captures and discusses the quirky situations that occur around the Majors. Whether you're at the Trop or sitting in the King's Court, you may witness a little piece of baseball history. Please comment or send post ideas via email!
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
What happens when a player faces his former team for the first time? Sometimes, he is cheered. Other times, he is booed. For instance, take Jonathan Papelbon. Currently with the Philadelphia Phillies, Papelbon first appeared on the baseball scene with the Boston Red Sox in 2005. While with the BoSox, he became the franchise's all-time saves leader and recorded the final out of the 2007 World Series. When he pitched in Fenway Park for the first time since signing with the Phillies, he was showered with a roar of boos. Go figure? More times than not, the crowd forgets the past once they see a former player in an opposing team's uniform. Then, there's Cincinnati Red's outfielder, Shin-Soo Choo. How could anyone dislike a guy with that kind of name? If you live in Cleveland or Seattle, you probably stopped liking him after his first at-bat against your hometown team. On Monday, Choo became the first player in MLB history to hit a homerun against each of his former teams (Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners) in his first at-bat. While many players have hit homers in their first at-bats against their former teams, no one has done it multiple times. Unlike Papelbon, Choo received a nice round of applause when he walked into the batter's box to lead-off Monday night's game. By his second at-bat however, he was greeted with the droning sound of boos and jeers.