By the skin of Wandy Peralta’s teeth, and with the help of a few favorable calls and general baseball bizarreness, the New York Yankees two-game swept the Atlanta Braves, hanging on 5-4 on Tuesday night.
Both teams are objectively hot. Each side entered this battle riding a nine-game winning streak, something that MLB hasn’t seen since the early 1900s. Braves fans have no reason to be spiraling right now!
And yet …………. and yet …
We had a crowd of Braves fans leaving the game on Tuesday night, taking out their anger and frustration against the Yankees not by booing them or doing whatever it is that right-arm chop is supposed to symbolize these days, but instead chanting … “Let’s Go, Red Sox!”
No. Nope. No excuse for that, under any circumstances.
Those very same Red Sox ripped you apart in a two-game set in Atlanta earlier this year, too, something you now seem to … endorse?
Braves fans cheering for the Red Sox? Yeah, the Yankees have broken your brains.
Again, Braves fans, this is no time to spiral. You lost twice to the Yankees. Your losses account for only two of the games in this current 11-game streak. The big boys, at their hottest, came to town and bested you.
If not for the Yankees, though, you’d probably be the widely-acknowledged best team in baseball! You’ve gone from losing Ronald Acuña Jr. amid a stuck-in-the-mud first half to vaulting to the top of the National League East, suddenly 4.5 games up on the competition (the struggling Phillies).
And yet, here we are. You’re so angry at the Yankees for winning a pair of games that you want to make the visiting fans feel bad by showing your appreciation for the Red Sox, a big-market, big-budget team that has won four World Series this century to the Yankees’ one. They should be the team you despise for getting all the glory … and yet …
Any time you end up screenshotting MLB App strike zone plots, you know you’re in trouble.
Ooh, look, but according to the DOT, we got totally screwed! Forget the context of the game and the umpire’s strange eye, look at this DOT!!
Come on, guys. Don’t send the dots to each other. People can see you on here.
Better luck next time, Braves fans, but make sure to remember who you are. Stay proud. Cheer for your own team — no, not like that. Put the tomahawks down.