It’s not often that a Dodgers player gets booed while at home in Dodger Stadium. In fact, the last time I can remember it being obvious was with Pedro Baez. And to be fair he sort of deserved it at the time said booing.
But the boo birds came out strong in the 9th inning of the Dodgers’ win over the Rockies with Kenley Jansen on the mound. A leadoff walk led to a chorus of booing that reigned down from the top deck of Chavez Ravine like sharp pieces of hail.
To say that Kenley has been on the hot seat to start the season would be an understatement. So when he brought the tying run to the plate in the 9th, Dodgers fans let him know they weren’t happy. Kenley spoke about those fans after the game.
I ain’t perfect, I’m trying to win a ballgame. I don’t want to come in walking guys you know? That’s not what I’m trying to do. I’m trying to win games, we all want to win here. So to me, that’s just nonsense, it’s noise. I’m going to continue to work my ass off and help the Dodgers win a championship.
Kenley eventually struck out the side and locked out the side in a dominant fashion after the walk. And the Dodgers closer did it while looking VERY angry. He was blowing 94 mph+ cutters past batters and making it look easy.
Dodgers fans later responded on social media saying they thought that the umpires were being booed. But regardless, Kenley Jansen seems to think they were aimed at him. But even with the blown save in Oakland this year, Kenley’s numbers are difficult to argue with.
The addition and dominance of someone like Corey Knebel does make it a little easier to keep him on the hot seat in his contract year.