For opposing fans who believe booing Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun every time he steps up to the plate is a good idea, they might want to think again. Braun has embraced the boo birds on the road to the point where heckling him is putting the home team in a very dangerous position.
The fans at Miller Park would certainly like to see Braun improve his performance in front of the loyal crowd. At the very least, it would be nice to see Bernie Brewer enjoy a ride down the slide thanks to a Braun home run. However, those same fans understand that Braun excels in big moments, which just so happens to be every time he grabs a bat late in a game on the road.
Braun is batting .212 with two runs batted in and seven strikeouts in 33 at-bats at Miller Park. Away from home, he’s dominating opposing pitchers. The 30-year-old has a .385 batting average, six home runs (all in the state of Pennsylvania), 14 RBI, two doubles and one triple in 39 at-bats.
It’s actually quite entertaining to see fans of the opponent scream loudly and jeer Braun in his first at-bat of the contest. Those hollers get quieter as the game goes on, especially when the Brewers are in striking distance of taking a lead. Then, the boos get loud again after Braun crushes a homer or comes up with a big hit with runners in scoring position.
On two separate occasions over the weekend, the Pittsburgh Pirates fans booed Braun in the ninth inning. In both instances, his swing of the bat was responsible for a Milwaukee victory.
At this point, one has to wonder if the boos are due to Braun’s 2013 suspension for the use of performance enhancing drugs, or the fact that he’s an incredibly talented player who continues to come up with big hits for the hottest team in baseball.