Honestly, is there anything worse than being an Atlanta sports fan? Everything is all fine and dandy until playoffs happen, or the one game that matters happens. Unfortunately, our Atlanta Braves lost Game Five of the NLDS last night. The St. Louis Cardinals gave them a run for their money when they went up 10-0 in just the first inning. Is the removal of the Atlanta Braves foam tomahawk to blame for this heartbreak?
The St. Louis Cardinals came into town for games one and two and let's just say, things hit the fan HARD. Per usual during the postseason game, Suntrust Park placed the famous foam tomahawk on each and every seat in the park. As Braves fans do, they waved them to cheer on their team the entire time.
Cardinals rookie Ryan Helsley (reliever) took his spot on the mound in the 8th inning during game one of the series (Oct. 3) and had some choice words to say about the Braves chant and foam tomahawks that the Braves fan's proudly sung and waved.
Helsey is part of the Cherokee Nation and was not afraid to speak his mind after the game. “Just depicts them in this kind of caveman-type people way who aren’t intellectual. They are a lot more than that. It’s not me being offended by the whole mascot thing. It’s not. It’s about the misconception of us, the Native Americans, and it devalues us...," Helsey said, speaking about the chant and the foam objects.
Braves fans were the furthest from happy when they saw this all over the news. Fans took their opinions to Twitter saying things like, "This is stupid, and I'm 1/4 Cherokee. No team wants anything weak as their logo," and "Absolutely pathetic. One of the worst days in Braves history."
The foam tomahawks were removed for the final game of the series, and it put some bad juju on the Braves because they lost 13-1 last night (Oct. 9). These "chop-on" logos and the chop song have been in place since 1991.
Many fans are blaming the removal of the tomahawks for the brutal loss last night because it is a tradition that has been going on for years.
Yes, we still love our Braves and yes, it feels like we are going through day one of a break-up today, but it will not stop us from rooting for them even more next season.