Don’t worry, Braves fans: the Tomahawk Team, whose lively T-shirt twirling atop the dugouts passes for tradition at Turner Field, will return in 2013.
From what I can gather on Twitter, organist Matthew Kaminiski — who will always have a place in my heart for playing “With a Little Help from My Friends” when cheater Manny Ramirez strode to the plate — may not.
You likely noticed Kaminiski’s absence down the stretch and during the Wild Card game. Room had to be made for “Call My Maybe” and the theme song from “Friends.” Anything — as long as it was loud and bland.
That might as well be the mantra of the Braves promotions department, which seems intent on annoying its most loyal customers in a desperate attempt to broaden the base.
Baseball doesn’t matter. Hell, the Braves appear to be a footnote to the tool race and “Thank God I’m a Country Boy.”
What other organization presents a video tribute to their opponent — the Red Sox? Or has a corporate hack tossing the first pitch before a playoff game? Phil Niekro was in attendance at the Wild Card game against the Cards but the Braves chose to give the honor to some dude wearing a Taco Mac shirt.
These are the wages of out-of-town, corporate ownership, one of the many soulless legacies the Used Car Salesman can claim.
*In a hopeful note, between-innings host Mark Owens has left his day job as producer of “The Regular Guys,” according to Rodney Ho. Not sure if that means the relentlessly cheerful Owens has left town, but one can dream.