Though most of the evening highlight programs focused on the Braves’ bullpen meltdown yesterday, largely gifting the Phillies a 12-11 comeback victory, CBP patrons won themselves a bit of recognition for their actions earlier in the day, booing former Phillie/current O’s P Adam Eaton during the presentation of World Series championship rings. In the mind of Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Kaduk, such actions are “below the belt”.
Yeah, yeah, I’m sure many of the fans were probably booing in a tongue-in-cheek, “you-want-Philly-we’ll-show-you-Philly” type manner. And I’m not saying they should have greeted him with a large ovation, not after he went 14-18 with a 6.10 ERA and 1.63 WHIP over two seasons with the Phillies and not after he was left off last year’s playoff roster and released before this year.
But ring ceremonies tend to be a happy time and you clap for everyone ” no matter how small the contribution ” from Ryan Howard to the traveling secretary to So Taguchi.
Yeah, Adam Eaton wasn’t very good, he won’t be good with his new team (the Orioles) and the Phillies still owe him $9 million. But that isn’t the point. The Phillies WON the World Series, this guy ultimately didn’t do anything to mess it up, and on World Series ring day, everyone earns absolution ” and at least a polite golf clap during ring retrieval.