Again and again, I repeat that I am a rabid Braves fan, way beyond the "love love super hug explosion of glory level" as seen on my graph. And again and again, I mention that I am unreasonable and irrational about my adoration of the team and the players. Admittedly, there are some that I adore less than others, but I'll take a Braves player over any other player on any other team. (And yes, that did include Jo-Jo Reyes, when he was still a Brave, even though he never seemed to be able to get it together. He had to have had something... and that's why he made the team.)
With all that being said, Nate McLouth is my subject. Yes, I know he's below the Mendoza Line with his batting average of .168. Yes, I know that he is 1-for-12 since he came back from the disabled list.
And no, I do not think we should trade him.
Firstly, who could we possibly get that could be good enough in CF that we could not get internally? (Hi, Gregor. Hi, Jordan. And before anybody says anything, I know that my Birthday Buddy has been sent down to Double-A, thanks.)
Secondly, HE'S HAD TWELVE (12) AT-BATS SINCE HE CAME BACK FROM THE DL. Give me a break! Give HIM a break. The fact of the matter is, that is a small sample size to judge someone's worth. And while MattE was fired up, and Yunel was doing well after they came off the DL, not everybody can say that a stint on the DL magically makes you wield a fiery bat of ball-hitting glory. (Oh, yes, and JJ, too... back to his old self.) We know that Nate can hit. We know that Nate has power. And we absolutely know that Nate can sprint, field, and throw. I think he needs a bit more time than 3 games and 12 at-bats after an injury like a concussion to judge whether or not he's worth something to the team.
edit: fine. 15 at-bats. But my point still stands.
Yes, I KNOW he's been struggling all season. He's been struggling since he came to Atlanta, really. But he does NOT suck. "Having trouble" does NOT equal "suck." They are NOT mutually exclusive, true, but they are also not the same. A player may "suck" but he's not necessarily "having trouble." Whereas a player might be "having trouble" but we all know that he does not "suck."
Prime example: Aaron Hill. He just recently managed to bring his BA up over the Mendoza Line. But I don't think anybody can doubt his worth to Toronto. He is a great fielder, and everybody knows that he can hit. Some players are just off, and yes, that is not beneficial for the team. But at the same time, fans should know that ballplayers are humans too, and they are probably just as frustrated as we are that they aren't doing as well as they should or usually are.
The reason I brought this up, actually, since I wasn't going to address it at all (because it's a non-issue; we have the smartest front office in baseball), was because I don't approve of our own fans booing our own team. Seriously. Who do you think we are, the Phillies or the Mets? YOU NEVER BOO YOUR OWN TEAM. YOU NEVER BOO YOUR OWN TEAM'S MEMBERS. I don't care if they are struggling, you don't do it. That's the very opposite of the definition of class.
I have never before noticed Atlanta fans doing that. And I am totally appalled. There was booing for Melky, for Troy Glaus, for Kawakami, and Natey. It's uncalled for and it's rude.
Also, Facebook people need to stop trying to invite me to join Facebook groups such as "Jason Heyward > Obama" (wtf does that have to do with ANYTHING?) and "Nate McLouth Sucks." I will not, repeat, WILL NOT join. And if any other idiots want to join, that's their prerogative. I'm just really sick of getting these invites sent to me. Yes I am a Braves fan. No I will not talk trash about my own team's players. GET LOST.