(Photo: Mike McGinnis)
Listening to yesterday’s Brewers/Pirates game on the radio, it was pretty hard to ignore fans turning on John Axford, who took the loss after giving up four runs in the eighth inning. Given the circumstances, reports like this one by Adam McCalvy indicate Axford was pretty magnanimous about the whole thing:
“Fans are fans,” Axford said. “I know what I can do, I know what I’ve accomplished here, even if they forget about it. I’ve thrown well recently, and put together with the last few years I’ve been here — I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but it’s better than a lot of other relievers around in the league.
“It’s a short-term memory for a lot of fans. Obviously, they forget what I’ve done in the past, and it’s easy for them to do. Right now, I’m just going to keep trying to get the job done.”
Axford was in an unenviable position. If he had lost his cool and said something along the lines of, “These clowns have never pitched in the m