“With one out in the third inning, the crowd doused Kozma with boos as he walked from the on-deck circle and dug into the right-handed batter’s box,” Kilgore wrote on Monday night. “Kozma had last stood in that dirt on Oct. 12, 2012, the night his two-out, two-strike single in the top of the ninth off Storen ended the Nationals’ season and sent the Cardinals to the NLCS. Washington gave him a proper villain’s welcome. ‘That’s respect,’ Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig said. ‘That’s an honor right there.'”
“I’ve never been booed before, so it was kind of a strange feeling,” Kozma said, via MASNSports.com. “The booing gave me a little fuel. It helped me. I wanted to do well.”
Kozma, of course, was the star of Barry Svrluga’s cover story on Monday. He also inspired Holden Kushner and Danny Rouhier to establish the D.C. Pete Kozma Sonofabitch Hall of Fame, whose initial inductees included Clint Longley, Korie Lucious, Jaroslav Halak, and Damon Jones and Kozma himself. (Listen to that audio here.)
There’s a video out there of Kozma’s second at-bat on Monday, but the true boos came down during the first at-bat. Here’s that audio, as heard on 106.7 The Fan, the team’s flagship station.
“Let’s hear the reaction to the next Cardinal batter,” Dave Jageler said.
“Shortstop, No. 38, Pete Kozma,” the public address announcer said.
“BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO,” the crowd said.
“He’s become this generation’s Bucky Dent, Dave,” Charlie Slowes said.