Have you ever been booed as an individual? Not as a part of a visiting sports squad in high school or anything like that. Have you ever walked on to a stage or field, by yourself and have a group of people “boo” you, and only you? A loud audible sign of displeasure at your very presence.
It happen to Florida Governor Rick Scott this weekend.
The New York Yankees were taking on the Toronto Blue Jays in a spring game exhibition on Saturday and our Governor was on hand to throw out the first pitch.
Decked out in a dark Yankee jacket and baseball cap, and resembling a slimmed down version of Don Zimmer. Scott marched out to the mound to a chorus of boos. He kept his head down, like a relief pitcher who had blown a 4 run lead the night before and threw a solid pitch from the mound that might have been a strike on a tall batter (Ok, maybe a power forward, but a great pitch for a governor). Yankee great Jorge Posada walked up to the mound and handed him the ball along with some encouraging words.
Then came the uncomfortable walk back to the dugout. The boos kept coming he kept his head down for a minute and then started the obligatory wave. He had to be asking himself “Why am I waving to these people that are booing me, like I play for the Red Sox?”. He finally made it back to the dugout, where he got a hug from our lovely as always, Attorney General Pam Bondi.
The full story, along with video can be found here
I encourage you to read some of the comments, it’s fascinating to hear people from out of the state, encounter our Governor for the first time.
What can I say? We have an unpopular Governor. I’m more concerned about him creating jobs, and if he throws this pitch 3 years from now and Florida is a better place to live, I’ll be clapping.