I stand behind what I said in my last post. Don't boo your own players, and don't be so forgetful of all that we've accomplished in spite of all of the odds.
That being said, the Atlanta Braves have GREAT fans. The flip side of my rant is this: those fans? They don't matter. The real fans still show up every day and even if they get mad at the mistakes a player has made, they recognize that the players are human and that they are entitled to off-days.
Today, I was really proud to be lumped under the name "Braves fan."
Today I witnessed a truly beautiful thing:
Brooks Conrad came out onto the field during batting practice, walking slowly and almost hesitantly, as though he really wasn't sure how he would be received. He need not have worried. There were some cheers, which he didn't respond to... after all, were they sarcastic? He couldn't know.
But then the crowd got LOUD. Keep in mind that this is nearly 2.5 hours before the game began, and there weren't that many people there, yet, relatively speaking. And Brooks turned around and acknowledged the fans. And I almost shed a tear right there in front of my friend Mike, which he would have laughed at. (BUT STILL.)
There are clearly awesome Braves fans. The fans at BP were definitely those fans. The fans at this crowd? Even though there were a few stray boos (not umpire-directed but at Atlanta players)... they were AWESOME. They were loud and supportive and exactly what the Braves deserve.
I am so proud that this crowd was caught on national television giving Brooksy the ovation he deserves.
The real fans showed up and they backed up the team. It was one of the best things I've ever witnessed.