From the perspective of someone who likes and cheers for the Atlanta Braves, it is difficult to see the offense sputtering like it is right now. Fans during that time tend to get behind their team and try to cheer them out of their collective slump with pure power of good will. That doesn’t happen with many Braves fans however. When things start to go bad, and by bad I mean still in first place by a game and a half, it is time to start blaming people and slamming them.
The general core of blame receivers is Dan Uggla, B.J. Upton and manager Fredi Gonzalez. Well Uggla isn’t playing anymore but somehow still gets thrown in there by many complaining fans. Upton has looked better this year and was on the ball during the San Francisco Giants series. Yes, most of the strikes he argued were out of the strike zone and yes that matters. The one that really irks any real Braves fan is the constant slamming of Gonzalez however. What in the world is this about?
Fredi came within a few votes of rightfully winning the National League Manager of the Year in 2013 because he found a way to manage the team to a successful season even through bad seasons from superstars and key injuries throughout the season. A bad manager could not have done that people. A mediocre manager could not have done that. It is completely unfounded and insane to continue to say that this man is not a good manager.
No matter which person you hand picked to replace him, you who are such geniuses in baseball decision making that you slam your own favorite team when you should be lifting them up, they would not be more successful than Fredi. Does he stick by struggling players for too long? Does he leave a struggling pitcher in the game a bit too long? He might do that now and then but can I tell you where he learned that? He learned it from legendary manager Bobby Cox who always did such things.
Maybe instead of claiming to be Braves fans and making other Braves fans sick by slamming your own team, some fans out there who choose to be this way should just cheer for the Washington Nationals. They have problems too and likely would love a few fans that believed they stunk no matter what instead of the bunch they have no that support the team through hardships. From the perspective of a real Braves fan, it doesn’t matter what team you cheer for as long as you stop assaulting the one you claim to love. Be a fan and act like one or be a mean-spirited person and zip it.