ST. LOUIS -- Ryan Franklin had a few choice words for Cardinals fans on Wednesday afternoon, but before the day was out, he recanted.
Franklin, recently removed as the team's closer, pitched two innings in the Cards' 8-6 loss to the Nationals, in the first game of a doubleheader. After a clean seventh inning, he allowed a homer and a walk in the eighth and received a round of boos from the fans at Busch Stadium.
After Franklin fielded several questions following the loss, the topic of the boos was brought up. He told a few reporters that he "didn't want to make a big deal" of it, but also argued that fans shouldn't be booing a player from the home team.
"Sure, I hear it," Franklin told reporters. "I guess they've got short memories, too, because I think I've been pretty good here. It doesn't bother me, but you know, it just shows some people's true colors, you know?
"You're either a fan or you're not. You don't boo your own team. I don't care who you are or what you say. Just because you spent your money to come here and watch us play, and somebody happens to make one bad pitch and gives up a homer, you don't start booing them. I've been here for five years, and four years I've been pretty good. You should go write stories about the fans booing. They're supposed to be the best fans in baseball. Yeah right."
After Game 2 of the doubleheader, Franklin made a point to apologize for his comments, issuing a statement shortly after he left Busch Stadium.
"Obviously these last 2 1/2 weeks have been frustrating for me, and I'm frustrated with myself," Franklin said. "I can understand why the fans are frustrated. I've loved my time here in St. Louis. It's my favorite place to play. It's just a frustrating time for me right now, because I feel like I'm letting everyone down.
"First and foremost, I'm letting myself down. I'm letting the team down and obviously the fans. It's just been a hard time for me right now, and it's something I've never been through. It's just really frustrating. Things didn't come out the right way. It was right after the game and I said things I shouldn't have said. I apologize for that. It was the wrong thing to say, but at the same time, I was frustrated. I am frustrated.
"I'm just trying to do my best to do everything I can to get back on track. So that's what I'm trying to do. I'm trying to get back out there and help this team."
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Obviously, You're Not a Golfer and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewHLeach. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.