Gifted comedian and Atlanta native David Cross spoke for many this weekend when he told the AJC’s Rodney Ho he won’t be following the Braves to Cobb County.
“I was a Braves fan. Die hard,” Cross said. “With my family and friends, I’ve probably spent $40,000 over the years on the team. I’ve been to NLCS, the World Series. I was at Fulton County Stadium when they won the World Series in 1995 and David Justice hit that home run. I’ve been to numerous games. No more. I just can’t. It’s so blatantly wrong.”
I’m too much of an addict to avoid the Braves altogether but won’t be attending near as many games, mostly because it’ll be inconvenient. But I hate the whole idea of moving out of Atlanta. My love for the Braves these days is based more on the past than the present.
I hate what the organization has become under Liberty. I’ll always been a fan, but never as enthusiastically as I once was. Anecdotally I can vouch that many Atlantans have no intention of attending games at The Mallpark.
We’ll see what happens when the team starts performing better on the field, but there’s no doubt ownership has alienated a significant portion of the fan base. Winning them back won’t be easy.
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