Gall Of Fame: Baseball's Most Loathed Players
Which baseball player do you despise above (or perhaps "below") all others?Which name, upon its mention, sends your heart rate up into a hate gyre?
Do you hate the same players now that you did when you were a kid — or have other players replaced the Rich Gedmans and Von Hayeses in the blackest precincts of your heart?
Who wins a dickfest: Dick Allen, or Barry Bonds?What if it's a douchefest?Who wins that?
Do you hate any players that you used to love because of comments they've made (or assy behavior they've engaged in) after their careers ended?
Have any of your hatreds mellowed into grudging respect?
Talk to me.Talk to me about baseball players you hate, baseball players your friends hate, baseball players your grandpa hated.Used to hate?Tell me.Want to hate, but can't? Let it out.I want to hear about the cherished loathings of baseball fandom, even if it's just you who hates the guy.
I also want to hear the ways, if any, in which the sharing of these abhorrences contributes to your experience of watching/consuming baseball.When you invite, say, Jonathan Papelbon to eat a handful of bees at the top of your lungs in the bleachers, does it make you feel a part of things?Does the ritual telling of Dave Kingman stories on the porch or at the bar contribute to your sense of being a baseball fan?
Or do you just want Dave Kingman to go very far away and take his iron glove with him?
No player too old or insignificant; no grievance too random or inconsequential.It's over a month 'til pitchers and catchers report, I've got a discussion session to plan, and I HATE KEVIN BROWN.HATE HIM.STILL.PUNCH A BEE WITH YOUR NON-PITCHING HAND, BITCHFACE.Haaaaate!
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Tags: Barry Bonds bees curmudgeoning Dave Kingman Dick Allen Gregg Jefferies Jonathan Crapelbon Kevin Brown Rich Gedman Von Hayes