Booing got the M’s down? Get over it

When it came to the fans at Safeco Field who’d been booing the missteps of Richie Sexson at the plate, it seemed Sexson was all ears.

Before the current homestand, Sexson said the home crowd had gotten a little too “boo friendly” the last time the Mariners played at Safeco Field. Then Monday, after Sexson had turned the fans’ frowns upside-down with a game-ending home run, he said again how shocking it’s been for the players to hear booing during what has been a good season.

“It’s just a mystery and we don’t get it,” he said. “We don’t understand where it’s coming from because we’ve got a bunch of guys in here that bust their tails to win games.”

Uh, Richie, the fans are entitled to their opinions just as you’re entitled to the $50 million you’re getting in that four-year contract.

Just to confirm my own notion that the Mariners need to quit listening to the voices in the stands and play ball, I ran it by Jay Buhner this morning. Here’s what he said:

“Any time you come to the plate with in a big situation and don’t get the job done, they’ll boo,” Buhner said. “It comes with the territory and that’s how it goes. I was booed during my career, called rally killer and the whole deal. But the next at-bat if you get a big hit, everybody loves you.”

Buhner’s advice to those Mariners with an ultra sensitive side?

“You can’t wear your emotions on your sleeve. It comes with the occupation and it comes with the money these guys are making. When I go to some games, I’ve called a guy a choker and a rally-killer myself.

“If you can’t handle it, then retire.”

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