The Atlanta Braves and replay reviews: 3 responses
The Atlanta Braves were victimized by the MLB replay review system last night. So should it be scrapped?
I do not intend to preach to the choir today: suffice it to say that Alec Bohm clearly and unequivocally still has not touched home plate. The Atlanta Braves were robbed.
Bohm was out in everyone’s minds except for the moron manning New York’s review booth on Sunday night… even the Phillies themselves know the truth.
The question before us, instead, should be “so now what should be done about this?” I have three thoughts.
3. Don’t blame those not involved
Last week during a radio interview, I was asked about my reaction to MLB taking the All-Star Game away from Atlanta. While I have some opinions about the voting law changes in Georgia that brought this about, I will withhold those comments, for that’s not the point today.
What I said on radio was that regardless of where your political proclivities lie, this was the wrong move by MLB, for it punished people and organizations that had nothing whatsoever to do with the laws that were changed.
It’s like your kid breaks a neighbor’s window while playing ball and that neighbor decides to avoid you and instead yells at a different neighbor down the street to get his satisfaction. It simply makes no sense to do so.
Likewise, some people with that kind of misguided agenda found a useful idiot in Rob Manfred and got him to pull the All-Star Game from Atlanta and the Atlanta Braves — despite their complete lack of involvement with the legislation at the center of the issue.
I say all that to get around to this: Dansby Swanson made a lengthy and considered statement last night about the umpires and the reaction of numerous fans in attendance last night.
He was right.
He was right about the umpires and he was right about the angry reactions that resulted in another game with debris being thrown on the field.
I get it… the fans were rightly ticked off and wanted to vent that frustration in some manner. But who got punished? Mostly the grounds crew, who had to clean up the mess. Somebody could have gotten hurt as well.
Jake wrote about this today, too, and he and I are in agreement: I get it, but Braves fans need to keep their acts clean.