ARLINGTON, Texas -- As expected, those fans in their seats during pregame introductions gave former Ranger and current Los Angeles Angels starter C.J. Wilson a loud round of boos when public address announcer Chuck Morgan said his name.
Wilson was throwing near the left-field fence as he was introduced and smiled as he continued warm-ups. When he walked up the steps to the visiting bullpen, he was met with more boos from fans seated -- and many standing against the rails -- in that part of the park.
A group of four Rangers fans -- Brutus Phillips, David Lara, Mike Lara and Scott Price -- with half-season tickets near the bullpen rail booed Wilson and one held up a sign that read: "Fail C.J. Pitch like it's the playoffs."
"I've got respect for him as a pitcher, but I cheer against him now," David Lara said. "He's easy to dislike."
Mike Lara said he was "embarrassed" that Wilson was the Rangers' No. 1 pitcher in 2011.
"He was so erratic and couldn't get it done in the playoffs," he said.
The fans got another chance to boo him when Morgan introduced the starter and pitcher, as he always does, before the first inning. With Yu Darvish on the mound, the cheers for Darvish (Yuuuuuu) and jeers for Wilson (booo) sounded pretty similar.