Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon ripped the fans of his team on Saturday for cheering New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter during the Yanks' 3-2 over the Rays.
Maddon was happy to see a sold-out crowd at Tropicana Field and while he understands the love and admiration for Jeter, he isn't happy about the amount of noise in support for The Captain from the Rays' hometown fans, per Brendan Kuty of NJ.com:
"Yeah it's great," Maddon said. "It's great that it's sold out. And I understand that the people like Derek Jeter. But you've got to come out and root for the Rays, too, you understand. I mean, I totally understand what's going on. But I'm not going to sit here and defend all of that noise in the Yankees' favor in our ballpark. I'm not going to defend that. So we're going to come out and root for the Rays. We'd appreciate that."
Maddon's frustration is understandable. After all, it sounded like Yankee Stadium at the Trop many times on Saturday when Jeter stepped to the plate.
But even if it wasn't Jeter's final season, there is normally a large contingent of Yankees fans at Rays game. The Bronx Bombers have a big follow in the Sunshine State and that always shines through when New York comes to town.
However, it seems Maddon is getting weary of the Jeter farewell tour and such support from an opposing crowd is not sitting well with the Rays skipper.
The problem for Maddon is that this isn't something anyone can control, the Rays included. He will have to get used to the fact that Jeter is well-loved throughout baseball and this kind of respect for The Captain comes with the territory of playing both he and his team in 2014.
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