Benoit: We Like Going To Oakland, Their Fans Are ‘Into It From The 1st Inning’
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By: Jeff Riger
It’s safe to say if you’re a Detroit Tigers fan, you feared the worst on Tuesday night as the team was perched on the brink of elimination.
And then the best happened: Jhonny Peralta hit a 3 run homer to tie the game in the 5th inning and the crowd was alive for the remainder of the game. Tigers won the game 8-6 and every Detroit player said they felt Comerica Park offered a great atmosphere on Tuesday — everyone except Joaquin Benoit.
“That’s one of the things that we love about going to Oakland. The fans are into it from the first inning no matter what happens in the game and that’s what we want — for our fans to go nuts when we are playing, because that’s something that gets us excited and pumps us up. I mean, it’s really good when the fans are cheering for you” Benoit said.
After hearing that comment, I thought for sure Benoit was ripping the Detroit fans and saying he wants them to be more like A’s fans. But it’s not like A’s fans are the greatest. Let’s not forget that Oakland didn’t even have a fan base when the season started, their own right fielder Josh Reddick said so before game 4.
Fans in Detroit on the other hand have been selling out games for almost a decade, so there should be no question about who has the better fans.
Of course it is hard to ignore A’s fans at the Coliseum and that is what Benoit was alluding to.
So how should it be?
Should fans be rowdy and insane from the first pitch, before there is actually anything to cheer about or should fans wait for the opportunity to get crazy?
Oakland fans just cheer, Detroit fans make you earn it.
So which one is it? Let us know what you prefer in comments below.