DENVER – To say that Rockies fans almost never boo their own is misleading. The boo birds have come out at Coors Field plenty of times in the often frustrating history of a club that has had some pretty big payrolls for underperforming players.

Newly symbolic for their ire: Ian Desmond.

The leather-lunged haters have had plenty of previous practice, like that time three runs scored on a Christian Friedrich wild pitch—or pretty much any time a reliever has entered the game with a lead and left with a deficit. Starting pitchers who couldn’t get out of the second inning have been booed off the field. And Jose Reyes was booed after comments about not really wanting to be in Denver.

But there was something different about the nature of what happened on Wednesday during a four-strikeout performance.

Signed prior to the 2017 season to a five year, $70 million contract, Desmond has not produced anywhere near that investment level since joining his new team and has been, by several measures, one of the worst hitters in all of baseball in 2018.

The exhalation of emotion from the Colorado crowd was the result of impatience with a player whose price tag brings certain expectations.

But the Rockies aren’t wavering in their support for Desmond and his .178 batting average. At least, not yet.

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Drew Creasman
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Drew E. Creasman was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and currently resides in Boulder, CO. He is a full time Rockies beat writer managing editor of   Education: Studied Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Colorado along with Music History and Composition.   Career: After six years as an independent musician and doing sporadic political work, I began to write about the Colorado Rockies for PurpleRow.com in the winter of 2013. Three years later, I came to BSN Denver to run the Rockies content. In short time, I found myself interviewing GM Dan O’Dowd and forging relationships with countless individuals in and around the organization.   A few highlights include hosting the only daily Rockies talk show in the world, a podcast that has welcomed Nolan Arenado and Jon Gray among others, and our wall-to-wall coverage of the 2017 Wild Card Game. I’ve also been a regular on 850 koa, 104.3 The Fan, Mile High Sports Radio and numerous podcasts.   Most Memorable Sports Moment: Game 3 of the 2007 NLDS. Ubaldo Jimenez, blackout, and the Rockies win their first postseason series.   The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.   One sports movie I can’t live without: One!? Just one!? Ok … Sugar. But Field of Dreams and Friday Night Lights come incredibly close.   Most memorable experience as a reporter: Either the aforementioned Arenado interview or, and this is an odd one, spending time swapping stories with other reporters at Marc Stout’s going-away party.   The sport that started it all: Clearly baseball. I’ve been watching baseball since before I can actually remember watching baseball. It’s just always been a part of me. I can still recall the feeling of wanting to be old enough to play T-ball. I love other sports, but I had loved and played baseball for years before I was even aware anything else existed.