Reading comments about whether or not Chris Bosh would be booed, should he decide to head off for what he would hope to be ‘greener pastures’ ... my automatic response was an emphatic ‘no, he won’t be booed’. Then I thought about it some more ... and I have to say, I pretty much feel the same.
It’s easy - too easy - to call up memories of the fun we’ve had booing Vince and then, sort of lump them in with all the other ‘data’ on the subject ... but Vince was a whole different ballgame ... enough so that there’s no need here, to go over all that again. We all know what the difference was between Vince Carter and how he left and how ... anybody else that I can think of really, who chose to leave a Toronto team for somewhere else. There’s no comparison at all ... again, that I can think of.
So, I think Bosh would get very warm welcomes for the initial visits here - the first year or two, visiting ... maybe even longer than that - at the beginning at least, of any game where we’d have the opportunity to let him ‘hear us’ ... before following that with the more reasonable kind of booing that almost anyone gets almost anywhere, when returning to his former home-arena.
Sort of like what I expect Roy Halliday to get, when he returns to Toronto.
Some might think that Toronto fans hold a grudge more than other fans of teams from most anywhere else ... but I don’t think that’s necessarily true. Vince might’ve gotten us into a bit of a ‘habit’ of booing ex-home players ... which I certainly thought once or twice when someone other than Vince was getting a bit of that treatment ... but overall, I think we’re collectively smart enough to know that there’s a big difference between how Vince Carter left Toronto compared to how it generally works in the world of pro sports ... and VC just put himself into a category that (I think) will always be his own.
Chris Bosh has been a class act throughout his time here in Toronto, right from the beginning. If he leaves, we’ll be disappointed for sure ... but I think we’ll get over it. And I quite believe we’ll always treat him with the respect that he’s given us ... and that most of us know he deserves.