Grant Balfour Won’t Tolerate Booing Fans
Rays closer Grant Balfour has some good points regarding fans booing their club, honestly.
After allowing a ninth-inning run in the Rays’ 5-2 victory in 11 innings against his former team, Balfour blew his second save of the season. He can take that. What he can’t take is the fans (11,257 strong) at the Trop booing him. Some fans call him “Ball Four” on twitter.
“The fans can boo me and all that (stuff), but that’s fine,” Balfour said via the Tampa Tribune. “It’s not going to help me out, it’s not going to help the team do anything out there when you do that (stuff). The feeling is, the team’s behind you and everybody’s behind you, the crowd, the whole nine yards, things are going to go right. But when you start pulling that (stuff), it’s not a good vibe. The team’s pulling for the team, so the fans got to be pulling for the team. Everybody’s got to be pulling for the team. You can’t be back and forth like that. That (stuff) doesn’t work. So I’ll just walk away positive from it. It’s a good win. A much-needed win.”
The Rays were up 1-0 when Balfour allowed a leadoff single to John Jaso. After that, pinch-runner Craig Gentry stole second, and Balfour pitched around Josh Donaldson. Then Balfour struck out Brandon Moss, but Yoenis Cespedes doubled to left field, scoring Gentry and making it 1-1.
Eventually second baseman Sean Rodriguez was able to come up big for the Rays by hitting a walk-off home run, so technically the game wasn’t blown, but Balfour could have ended it two innings earlier than it did.