I'm a newbie, why do Cubs fans hate Sean Rodriguez?
Hi, newbie! :) Consider this your official Warm Welcome™ - it’s great to have you, and I’m so glad you’re not shy about asking questions!
It’s a little convoluted, but I’ll try to ź. FYI, you’re gonna see me omit the letters in a couple names here and there - that’s a courtesy to people who might be fans of those players, so that my post don’t invade their tags.
Flash back to the 2015 Wild Card - Cubs @ Pirates in an all-or-nothing contest for the postseason. The Pirates are getting bashed by the Cy Young Award winner, Jake Arr*eta. It’s frustrating, because it’s our second year in a row having to play the Wild Card, a single game, against a team with the best pitcher in the majors. It’s also frustrating because Arr*eta tossed some very unwarranted arrogance at a Pirates fan twitter and basically insulted the whole city. And it’s ALSO frustrating because he hit several Pirates batters despite his “legendary control.”
It’s the top of the eighth. Everyone in Pittsburgh is ready to die. And out of the bullpen trots Frank Sinatra lookalike Tony Watson to pitch to Arr*eta. Here’s something you should know about Frank Sinatra lookalike Tony Watson: he doesn’t fuck around. For better or for worse, he will retaliate if you unrepentantly bean his friends.
And that’s exactly what he does, in the form of a baseball fired neatly into the seat of Arr*eta’s pants. The latter begins losing his shit like Watson had broken his pitching hand, and - you guessed it - the benches cleared.
Honestly? It’s a run-of-the-mill bench clearer. Lots of yelling, a little elbowing, and mostly one or two guys losing their shit while the other thirty-eight try to keep them from doing anything stupid and getting themselves ejected. The Cubs backup catcher, David R*ss, in the group trying to push everyone apart and break it up, along with our friend Sean.
(Look, Sean Rodriguez is a hothead, no doubt about it. He’s never met a bench clearer he didn’t get ejected from, because he has a very very low threshold for being fucked with. If nobody pushes him, though, he’s good about not pushing back.)
What happened next was ultimately a misunderstanding. So as they’re trying to keep things cool, and seemingly out of nowhere, Rodriguez takes a BIG FUCKIN’ SWING at R*ss’s bald li'l noggin and gets tossed from the game. Not so nice. To make matters worse, he rather infamously landed a few punches on the gatorade cooler in the Pirates dugout on his way out of the game. (Hothead, remember?) He later issued an apology.
Now, here’s what the broadcast failed to explain, and what a lot of baseball fans still don’t realize - and this comes directly from R*ss; I’m not making it up. Rodriguez and R*ss were both trying to break up the fight. Sean was trying to get R*ss to back off of the Pirates, and moved towards him. R*ss put up his hands to push against Rodriguez’s chest…
…and instead misjudged the angle and wrapped them around his neck.
Of course umps didn’t catch the whole CHOKING part, and only tossed Sean. Sean, meanwhile, was (and presumably still is) livid that he was ejected for self-defense. He’s said that his fist never connected with R*ss, but in retrospect, with all the trouble it’s caused, he wishes he’d actually decked the guy.
Now, something you might notice about Cubs fans - a lot of them are lovely people. Maybe even most of them! But a lot of them are also ready to carry every grudge to the grave (as evidenced by what happened to this poor fucker). So Sean becomes the Biggest Heel in Chicago. He knows the truth, so he doesn’t really give a shit. In fact, I’m 90% sure he lowkey enjoys it.
Since then, Cubs fans have booed him in every at-bat at Wrigley. During our last series there, there was a great debacle amongst Cubs twitter because he “stared down” their pitcher. (Still no word on where he should’ve been looking during an at-bat.) Much of Chicago is convinced he’s the antichrist, but he’s found a sizable silver lining: if he plays well, it absolutely slays them. If he plays poorly, it doesn’t matter - they’ve already had the entire inning ruined by the reminder that he exists
and would probably take on everyone in the stadium if given the opportunity.
In my opinion, it’s time to bury the hatchet. I’m not mad at R*ss; I’m
mostly not mad at Arr*eta; I like almost every player on that team. But until the booing fans find some chill, I’m content with watching Sean Rodriguez make their li'l heads explode.
That’s about it! Just a bad situation, ultimately. I’m glad you asked and gave me a chance to elaborate. Please, if anything here is unclear, or if you have ANY OTHER QUESTIONS about the Pirates or baseball or anything AT ALL, drop me another line, on or off anon.
Hope you have a great night! 💖