Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader made his first road appearance since the All-Star Game tweet scandal. The San Francisco crowd was not nearly as forgiving or supportive as the home fans who gave Hader a standing ovation in Wisconsin.
Boos rained down as he strode to the mound.
This was to be expected. In San Francisco, St. Louis or San Diego. Hader is the enemy, the other, when he’s on the road. At home, he’s one of the gang. We can try to ascribe deeper and more troubling meaning to the ovation if we want, but the simple us versus them is at the core of it.
Now, if Hader gets widespread cheers on the road, then we have a story.
For now, though, Brewers fans quickly moved on. Opposing crowds haven’t, and won’t. They’ll have long memories and boo Hader for a long time. That’ll be the new normal.