Sean Rodriguez Says Sorry to Phillies Fans, Admits He Used the Wrong Word

Sean Rodriguez admitted Wednesday night that he misspoke when he referred to some Phillies fans as "entitled" Monday night.

Rodriguez has been booed loudly since making those comments after his walk-off home run. He was booed when he was announced Tuesday night and before each of his plate appearances. The crowd cheered when he was hit by a pitch Tuesday.

He was booed again Wednesday during a pinch-hit plate appearance. After the game, he clarified what he meant. 

"I wasn't trying to insult anybody with what I said," Rodriguez told reporters. "I'm very similar to the Philly fan base. I'm a very passionate person. I'm a passionate player. I show up every day and I don't leave anything in the tank.

"Could I probably have used different words? Yeah, absolutely. I could've said 'love over hate.' I do agree that the fans obviously pay to come watch a game and they feel entitled to want to say something. 

"And again, like I said, I thought I was pretty clear: The boos aren't anything I'm actually opposed to. When they're properly directed, that's fine. It's some of the other stuff that was being said underneath that."

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Some Phillies fans understood what Rodriguez meant Monday night. There was a small contingent of fans actually giving him a standing ovation when he stepped to the plate Wednesday, perhaps in an attempt to take the high road.

"I'm not opposed to the passion," Rodriguez said. "If we don't hustle, absolutely get on us. So, was 'entitled' something that no doubt offended a lot of people? Yeah. For that, I'm sorry. The offense isn't something I was trying to do. But to stand on what I was trying to put out, love over hate, that I can't back down from."

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