HBT: Padres' Qualls rips Giants fans

July 7, 2011, 6:23 pm
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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.

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Dont 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:

Playing in San Francisco, you gotta understand, when youre warming up two feet from the fans, theyre not telling you how good you are or telling you how glad they are that youre warming up," Qualls said.

"Theyre calling you every name in the book, every cuss word in the book. To shut them down on an inning where were ahead, its kinda putting it to the city and the fans, because theyre just wearing you out on a consistent basis as youre warming up, spitting on you, calling you anything they want. The later the game, the more drunk they are, the more harsh the words.