the booing is a reminder that the fans are paying attention.
agreed...having been on the field at Fenway during a concert it's amazing how close, loud the crowd in the stands is and how out in the open one feels surrounded by 25-30 thousand..and that was pre-concert. Felt sympathy for the likes of the Steamer, felt a bit guilty for booing Bob, Will Clark, Matt Young (..we don't need any more examples ..right?..)
So let's say it fine to boo ...it does mean folks care, are passionate about the team... and let's say it's fine for a player to talk about it, it's a harsh stage, goat/hero a play away.
But as Fans we should know if we are about to cross a line from passion to puerile/painful/personal.. (^adult beverage consumption nearly always involved).
And as a Player... know that conseling the withholding of recognition(tipping the cap) from the majority of fans (for the fans sincere show of appreciation) because of booing is going to raise the hackles of folks invest time, money, and heart in the team.
if anybody wants to take a lesson from the '06 season.. enjoy those chances you get to go to the game and enjoy for heaven's sake the privilage of playing it.
.....Steamer had those boos' coming