May 26, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski (12) and teammate Paul Konerko (14) react after scoring against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
The Most Hated List
Fans love to hate players from opposing teams. Sometimes it’s because that player burns your team year after year. Sometimes it’s because they had one moment that cost your team everything. And still other times it’s simply because that player just rubs you the wrong way. Throughout my time as an Indians fan, I’ve certainly had my fair share of players I’ve hated. It’s only natural. Sports is funny in how it can drive the most sane and rational individuals to be raving, hate fulled lunatics.
So with that in mind I partook in an exercise to determine a the list of players Indian fans most love to hate. I looked at stats. I looked at particular games. I even looked at facial hair to determine who might be considered the biggest jerk of the bunch. What I came with was a list of five players that tormented the Indians, and us, for years on end. We hate them to their very core and wish the worst of the worst upon them. Of course, had they played for the Indians at any point in their career we would have loved them unconditionally.