Apologetic Hernandez: Not attacking L.A. fans
An apologetic Enrique Hernandez on Tuesday attempted to clarify his critical remarks about Dodgers fans made after the team’s loss to the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 3 of the NLCS in Los Angeles on Monday night.
Hernandez posted a lengthy tweet less than 24 hours after the defeat, saying in part:
“I’d like to apologize to all those who thought that I was blaming the fans for last night. That’s not what I said nor will I EVER say such thing! Tweets can be taken out of context when the whole story is not there and that was the case last night.
“I was really frustrated after the game and as a competitor, I was frustrated because of the way we played and the way we performed. I haven’t done anything this series but that doesn’t affect me that much as long as we win; last night we didn’t and it got to me.”
Dodgers fans booed struggling catcher Yasmani Grandal throughout Game 3.
At one point, a smattering of them began “We want Austin!” chants as a plea for Barnes to replace him, which Hernandez did not appreciate.
“It sucks that there’s nothing going on in the stands since the first inning when [Ryan] Braun hit that double; the stadium’s kind of quiet for the rest of the evening,” Hernandez said after the game. “And it sucks that they got loud just to show up Yasmani. He’s trying his best. Catchers have a lot going on.”
The calls for Barnes came after Grandal’s passed ball, which allowed Ryan Braun to advance into scoring position in the eighth inning (though he ultimately did not score). It was Grandal’s 28th passed ball since the start of last season, which trails only the New York Yankees‘ Gary Sanchez for the major league lead.
“He had a tough night, and obviously the fans voiced their opinion,” manager Dave Roberts said. “And they’re passionate. They want to win. They want the best out of all of us, especially in the postseason.”
Hernandez wasn’t quite as accepting.
“If they think that they can do it, then go ahead, put on your gear and go catch 99 with breaking balls that have a lot of movement,” Hernandez said Monday. “He’s been one of the best catchers in the game for a while now. He’s having a little bit of a rough patch, which we all — as humans, as baseball players — go through.”