Fan behavior hurts Yankees’ pitch for Soto extension


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New York Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay‘s comments on “The Michael Kay Show” have sparked a conversation about the potential impact of fans booing Aaron Judge on the team’s future with star outfielder Juan Soto.

According to’s Bridget Hyland, Kay expressed his concern that booing Judge, the Yankees’ captain, could influence outfielder Juan Soto’s decision to re-sign with the team after the season. With Soto entering free agency this fall, the Yankees are hoping to secure a long-term extension with the coveted player. However, Kay suggested that witnessing a lack of support for the team’s leader might lead Soto to question his own future in New York.

While acknowledging fans’ right to express their frustration through boos if a player isn’t performing up to expectations, Kay emphasized that such actions might not always be productive. He pointed out that nobody, not even the team captain, is above criticism.

Aaron Judge receives boos by Yankees fans at Yankee Stadium on his bobblehead night on April 20, 2024.

This isn’t the first time concerns have been raised about the Yankees‘ fan culture potentially impacting player decisions. Similar anxieties emerged last fall regarding a perceived “toxic” fan environment, with some speculating it might influence Aaron Judge’s decision to stay. Those worries proved unfounded as Judge ultimately signed a massive nine-year, $360 million contract with the Yankees.

While acknowledging Judge’s recent slump (.174 batting average, 3 home runs, 11 RBIs, .645 OPS in 23 games), Kay expressed confusion regarding the boos directed at him. He reiterated Judge’s importance as the team captain and a positive representative of the Yankees organization.  

Judge himself, responding to the boos he received during a recent game against the Tampa Bay Rays, admitted he might react similarly if he were in the fans’ shoes.

The Yankees undoubtedly appreciate their passionate fan base, but Kay’s comments highlight a potential downside to public displays of frustration. With the team hoping to convince Soto of their long-term commitment to winning, fostering a supportive environment might be crucial in their efforts to retain him.

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  1. if this issue happened in St. Louis, there would be mote support for the player. the team may get booed for a loss, but players are treatment with findness.

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