Chad Qualls is not enamored with San Francisco Giants fans. And the feeling is mutual.
On Tuesday night, Padres pitcher Chad Qualls irked some Giants players and some fans when he spiked the baseball and yelled after tagging Andres Torres out at the plate. We can argue whether the Giants -- who have a number of players who are demonstrative, flashy and just plain silly -- have any standing to take issue with Qualls, but justified or not, there is some tension there. Chris Jenkins of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that San Francisco talk radio was buzzing with serious Qualls hate all day yesterday.
Don’t expect that tension to be reduced any after Jenkins’ story, however, because Qualls -- while speaking pretty truthfully based on what my San Francisco correspondents have told me -- added some fuel to the fire, at least with the fans, when he had this to say about playing in beautiful AT&T Park:
Like I always say in such situations, Chad: don’t go halfway with this. Make it a full heel-turn. Feed on their anger and take it as over-the-top as you can. It may make road trips to San Francisco hard in the short term, but in 20 years you’ll be asked to come up for speaking engagements and dinners and conventions and all kinds of good stuff because everyone loves a villain.