Orioles fan turns back during Alex Rodriguez at-bats, calls him ‘the worst’
A Baltimore Orioles fan attending the team’s game on Monday against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards staged his own personal, silent protest to express his unsavory opinion of Alex Rodriguez. The man, seated in the left field stands, stood and turned his back to the field during each and every A-Rod at-bat.
The man has been identified by The Washington Post as 56-year-old Tolbert Rowe and allowed the Orioles fan and serial A-Rod hater a chance to explain his actions.
While the A-Rod boo birds were out in great numbers and could be audibly heard at the Orioles’ home ballpark, Rowe had bigger and better things in mind. Indicating he knew all along what he was going to do during Rodriguez’s at-bats put his thoughts on the MLB pariah by succinctly stating, “I don’t respect him.”
He even managed to recruit a few fellow Orioles fans to join in on his silent protest.
Now 3 refusing to watch pic.twitter.com/8k5zGcXyzJ
— Tim Anderson (@TimmyWade94) April 14, 2015
And Rowe wasn’t finished with his unflattering assessment of A-Rod, commenting upon how the Yankees slugger is set to earn a sizable bonus when he ties Willie Mays on the all-time home run list.
“He doesn’t deserve to be watched. Absolutely not, I’m sorry,” Rowe continued. “You know, and now they got all this about his tying Willie Mays’s record and the $6 million, and he has the audacity to think that he should be paid. I’m sorry. I don’t respect the guy. Not one bit.”
While the Orioles came up short Monday, losing to the Yankees by a score of 6-5, it must have been a small consolation for Rowe greatly that Rodriguez had a bad day at the plate, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Rodriguez, meanwhile, attempted to downplay the booing he heard at Camden Yards.
“Same I’ve heard the last 15 years,” he said. “Par for the course. I thought they were great.”
It’s good A-Rod is keeping a positive attitude about the vitriolic greeting he received from the fans. And while he’s gotten used to it over the years, he should expect equally hostile treatment — if not more severe — as he tours MLB ballparks this summer.