Justin Upton on Getting Booed at Home: "I Don't Care What Fans Think of Me"

Justin Upton is the 3rd highest paid player on the Arizona Diamondbacks, and at times, one of the most dynamic outfielders in the National League West. But Arizona fans, for whatever reason, can’t stop booing him. Upton reached his breaking point on July 4th:

“To be honest with you, I don’t care anything what the fans think of me,” Upton said. “My teammates, my coaches, they know I come here and I bust it every single day. I try to do everything I can to help this team. My teammates have my back and whatever the fans want to think, they can think. They can call me lazy. I have heard that in the outfield. They can call me washed up. Whatever they want to call me but at the end of the day I am thankful for every opportunity to come out on a baseball field and I will try my hardest every day.”

Upton, 24, had a torrid June (.333 average) but is off to an awful start in July (1-for-18, five strikeouts). But the Arizona Republic wonders, where are the boo birds for Chris Young, his outfield mate? Young is the team’s 2nd highest paid player and significantly worse at the plate this year than Upton (.206 to Upton’s .263) and can’t get on base (.299 to Upton’s .346). It’s probably because Upton was the No. 1 pick in 2005 and considered a future star, right? Young went in the 16th round of the 2001 draft (to the White Sox).

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