It happened. It only took eight games for one of sport’s ageless debates to start for the Chicago Cubs. Monday was the home opener for the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. As customary on Opening Day at Wrigley Field, the Cubs introduce each of their players on their 25 man roster. There was one player in particular who generated a reaction that may have been the bigger story than the Cubs losing the game to the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday. That player was Carlos Marmol.
Marmol, who struggled during the first week of the regular season by allowing a total of 5 runs on 6 hits and 2 base on balls to go along with a blown save, was booed heavily when he was introduced before the game. The booing did not stop there. Marmol entered Monday’s game as a middle reliever and proceeded to be booed once again. After the game, many of Marmol’s teammates came to his defense and took offense with the fans deciding to boo the struggling reliever. Many reporters have also thrown their opinions in the mix and disagreed with the fans that were booing Marmol.
This has led to a debate as to whether or not the Cubs’ fans at Wrigley Field were right or wrong to boo Marmol on Monday.
To anyone who took offense to the Cubs’ fans booing Marmol on Monday, go back to watching little league games instead of Major League Baseball games. The Cubs fans that booed Marmol on Monday did nothing wrong. The fans in attendance at Wrigley Field all paid to see the Cubs’ product on the field. Like any consumer–such as a person who purchases a ticket to see a film company’s latest product at the movie theater. If the movie failed to meet the expectation of the movie-goer, then it is not out of the norm to expect the movie-goer to complain about the movie upon its conclusion.
The fans at Wrigley Field are no different. The fans expected Marmol to produce at the level at which he was getting paid. Marmol is getting paid $9.8 million this season to close out games for the Cubs. Marmol is no longer closing out games for the Cubs as he has been unable to do so effectively this season. Meaning, Marmol is now making $9.8 million to be a middle reliever. So when Cubs fan boo Marmol–including during his player introduction–they are expressing their disappointment with not only Marmol’s failure as a closer, but the money that he is making to essentially be ineffective. Remember, former Cubs’ general manager Jim Hendry can be thanked for that contract.
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