Alec Bohm, the third baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies, had a difficult outing against the New York Mets on Monday, committing three mistakes in the first three innings.
Bohm made a routine play on a ground ball by Starling Marte to record the second out of the second inning, much to the pleasure of sarcastically cheering Phillies fans who gave him a standing ovation.
Bohm was recorded on camera shouting “I f—king hate this place” in reference to Philadelphia after the play and jeers from the crowd.
After the game, Bohm spoke with reporters and acknowledged what he said, apologizing to Phillies supporters for the remark.
What is Alec Bohm’s background?
Alec Bohm has been with the Phillies since being taken third overall in the 2018 MLB Draft.
The 25-year-old has always been regarded as a potential prospect, and the Perfect Game baseball scouting organization once ranked him as the best baseball player in his home state of Nebraska.
After earning a scholarship to play college baseball for the Wichita State Shockers, his career was cut short due to a knee injury, which prevented him from progressing through the organization’s farm system.
Instead, he played in the 2019 All-Star Futures Game and began the 2020 season at a different training facility after the coronavirus epidemic allowed teams to expand their rosters.
He concluded the season as the Phillies’ third baseman and continued to play there for the most of the 2021 season.
What did Alec Bohm say about the Phillies?
On April 11, 2022, after Philadelphia’s 5-4 comeback victory over the Mets, Bohm was caught on camera telling Phillies teammate Didi Gregorius, “I f****g hate this place.”
After hearing mocking jeers after he made a routine play, the third baseman appeared irritated.
After a dreadful game in which he made two throwing blunders, he was taunted.
“Look, emotions got the best of me. I said it. Do I mean it? No,” Bohm told reporters after owning up to the comments.
“It’s a frustrating night for me, obviously. Made a few mistakes in the field.
“Look, these people, these fans, they just want to win. You heard it, we come back, they’re great. I’m just sorry to them. I don’t mean that and emotions just got the best of me.”
When asked by a reporter, “So you actually love this place?” Bohm smiled and said, “You know what, yeah I do.”
Phillies manager Joe Girardi added: “I think it’s a kid that was frustrated. I don’t think that kid was referring to, you know, the city of Philadelphia, the fans. I think he was referring to the situation he was in.
“Put yourself in his shoes. That’s got to be a tough place. I told him I’ve been there.
“I’ve had three passed balls. I’ve had passed balls to lose a game. In that situation, you hate everything.
“Think about what he was feeling. It’s not a fun situation.”