The last time I attended a Braves-BoSox game at Turner Field I sat next to one of “them.” A woman, with a Southern accent, cheering on Boston, giving me a dirty look whenever I greeted Big Fraudi with a derisive “Ster-oid” chant.
I finally asked her where she was from. Atlanta, she replied. Then why are you rooting for the Red Sox? Because they win.
(Insert non-PC epithet here.)
Those who rationalize Fenway South as the byproduct of carpetbaggers fail to mention that, when the Red Sox played here prior to their world championship won on the shoulders of cheaters, there was nowhere near this support for the Sox. And what of the 16,000 Heat fans who invade Philips Arena when Miami plays the Hawks?
Okay, so those are the Hawks. Who cares. But the Braves deserve better. They’ve put a winning product on the field for all but one of the last 23 years. Yes, management does things that irk us, but the Braves should never have to play an away game at home. Especially when the other team is the motherfucking Red Sox.
Atlanta is not alone. Bandwagon Sox fans have a tendency to take over visiting ballparks, but rarely to this extent. There’s but one conclusion to come to when analyzing this epidemic:
In a nation of frontrunners, Atlanta is the most frontrunnery.
As for tonight’s game, I have zero optimism. In fact, I’d rather fall asleep and wake up Friday morning.
In the meantime, fuck the Sox and all the douchebags who jump on their bandwagon. If you’re at The Ted tonight, do us a favor and punch one. We’ll bail you out. Promise.
Here’s the line-up.
1. Heyward RF 2. B. Upton CF 3. Freeman 1B 4. J. Upton LF 5. Gattis C 6. Johnson 3B 7. Simmons SS 8. Pastornicky 2B 9 Harang