The crowd cheered for him to fail. It's the same story with any visiting player picked to be the Pizza Hut K-Man at Sovereign Bank Stadium.
If the K-man strikes out, the crowd wins free breadsticks. So the crowd responds with typical free-food wanderlust.
They stand. They scream. They get ugly.
But it seemed particularly ruthless Friday night.
Jay Gibbons, 31, has gone from Baltimore Orioles outfielder, million-dollar talent, to boo material. In York - a place where Gibbons signed autographs five or six times for diehard O's fans - it took three pitches for him to strike out in his first at-bat.
Feel a little bit bad for Gibby. The contest is suppose to be fun and I'm sure Gibbons is used to jeering. Plus, he's making a ton of money and he did strikeout. But these contests are mean. Reminds me of Gladiator where people are rooting for humiliation. Or a scene from the Simpsons when Moe opens up a new restaurant and some kid throws crap at while singing happy birthday and Moe responds with "That's great kid, taking my dignity and all."