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Monday, August 11, 2014

Bryce Harper drawing heat for scuffing Braves logo at Turner Field

Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper can’t take a step these days without someone watching him. And apparently people — several thousands of them, in fact — were watching very closely on Saturday night, as he caught the attention and drew the ire of Atlanta Braves fans for repeatedly and seemingly intentionally scuffing the “A” logo that sits behind home plate at Turner Field.

Harper, of course, denies it being intentional, which is actually more pathetic.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: August 11, 2014 at 05:37 AM | 35 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: braves, bryce harper, douchebag, nats

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   1. valuearbitrageur Posted: August 11, 2014 at 09:55 AM (#4768407)
Apparently someone drew a line in the sand, er dirt, and he crossed, er scuffed it.

Braves fans really are hypersensitive over the most ridiculous things, especially for a team with openly racist mascot and team chants.
   2. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 11, 2014 at 09:58 AM (#4768409)
Yawn.
   3. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: August 11, 2014 at 10:01 AM (#4768413)
Please make a note: Never invite Ozzie Osbourne to a Braves game.
   4. Sweatpants Posted: August 11, 2014 at 10:10 AM (#4768420)
especially for a team with openly racist mascot
Yeah, having a mascot like Homer is really insensitive to baseball-headed people the world over. They really should do something about that.
   5. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: August 11, 2014 at 10:14 AM (#4768424)
None of this strikes me as weird or all that worthy of criticism. In fact, it seems a pretty natural progression for a rivalry:

1. Hotshot young team engineers meteoric rise, bests long-standing divisional power

2. Hotshot young team employs particularly notable and hyped hotshot young player with a reputation for unapologetic brashness

3. Long-standing divisional power rises up, takes back the throne as hotshot young team stumbles after its big year

4. Hyped, brash hotshot young player becomes target for boos from fans of long-standing divisional power, as is the fate of hyped, brash hotshot young players since time immemorial, dynamic intensified by sheer frequency of the match-ups

5. Hyped, brash hotshot young player retaliates in harmless but eminently noticeable fashion

6. Fans of long-standing divisional power notice retaliation

7. Booing intensifies

Voila: rivalry. This is what's supposed to happen.
   6. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 11, 2014 at 10:17 AM (#4768427)
So how does Harper's felonious assault on the Braves' logo compare to the time that A-Rod deliberately trespassed on Darrell Braden's personal pitching mound?
   7. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: August 11, 2014 at 10:19 AM (#4768428)
I'll co-sign CFBF's 7. I can't imagine any fan base that wouldn't react as the Braves fans did.
   8. Joey B. has reignited his October #Natitude Posted: August 11, 2014 at 10:29 AM (#4768435)
Those mentally deficient beer bottle-chucking hayseeds down there are even more obsessed with Bryce Harper than Gonfaloon Bubble is obsessed with me. It has developed into quite the sickness.
   9. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: August 11, 2014 at 10:40 AM (#4768439)
Yeah. What CFBF said. And to reiterate the good point Robert made in the intro, the only really pathetic thing in this entire sequence is Harper trying to play off that he "didn't do it." The Braves and their fans are obviously in the kids head a bit, and he obviously took a (couple or three) swipes at the logo on his way to the batter's box in game 2 this weekend. And fans are *obviously* going to take the bait there. The only thing that needs to change here is that Harper needs to realize he can't be the hero and the heel at the same time. If you want to play the heel, play the heel.
   10. Random Transaction Generator Posted: August 11, 2014 at 10:52 AM (#4768450)
A-Rod deliberately trespassed on Darrell Braden's personal pitching mound?


That's perfect game pitcher Dallas Braden.



   11. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: August 11, 2014 at 12:01 PM (#4768537)
Those mentally deficient beer bottle-chucking hayseeds down there are even more obsessed with Bryce Harper than Gonfaloon Bubble is obsessed with me.


I don't think he's obsessed with you. I think you're just enough of an ####### that it's hard to ignore.
   12. flournoy Posted: August 11, 2014 at 12:06 PM (#4768542)
Fans boo eminently boo-able player. What a story.
   13. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: August 11, 2014 at 12:56 PM (#4768589)
I couldn't find the video in which Bryce runs into the right field wall !
   14. Colin Posted: August 11, 2014 at 01:30 PM (#4768623)
As a Braves fan I have plenty of more important things at which to be offended. Like BJ Upton, for starters.
   15. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 11, 2014 at 01:41 PM (#4768629)
baseball needs more rivalries beyond espn's contrived red sox/yankee setup. especially since both those teams are struggling.

so as long as the player is not legitimately offensive or violent then anything that pokes the opposition could be a positive

   16. steagles Posted: August 11, 2014 at 01:43 PM (#4768631)
1. Hotshot young team engineers meteoric rise, bests long-standing divisional power
i'm pretty sure the phillies collapse would have happened with or without bryce harper.

or, are we just ignoring that the phillies won 5 straight division titles?
   17. Random Transaction Generator Posted: August 11, 2014 at 01:47 PM (#4768635)
baseball needs more rivalries beyond espn's contrived red sox/yankee setup.


This is the truth.

The Red Sox/Rays thing is fun to watch from outside the bubble.
If the Braves/Nats want to be mean to each other, even better.

Just don't let it escalate into a beanball war.
(By that, I mean, throw behind the guy, but not at him.)
   18. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: August 11, 2014 at 01:54 PM (#4768642)
or, are we just ignoring that the phillies won 5 straight division titles?


More or less, yes. I mean, I realize to sad souls trapped in the lower Jersey/Philly/Delaware valley, it might seem odd. But the rest of the nation tries to forget Philly as quickly as possible.
   19. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 11, 2014 at 02:14 PM (#4768656)
Those mentally deficient beer bottle-chucking hayseeds down there are even more obsessed with Bryce Harper than Gonfaloon Bubble is obsessed with me.


I don't think he's obsessed with you. I think you're just enough of an ####### that it's hard to ignore.

Especially considering that until about the day before yesterday, the Brown Diaper Baby even had Gonfalon's name in his BTF handle. Talk about obsession.
   20. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: August 11, 2014 at 02:17 PM (#4768659)
Is there any way we could have a moratorium on references to diaper babies of any hue? It's such a juvenile yet unpleasant turn of phrase.

   21. rr Posted: August 11, 2014 at 02:30 PM (#4768671)
Agree with HW and CFBF. Most people here seem to dislike the unbalanced schedule, but I like it in part because I think it helps to create the mutual dislike that makes a rivalry.
   22. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 11, 2014 at 02:45 PM (#4768686)
robin

most of the people griping about the schedule did so because of some divisions where the winner seemed to clean up by playing a bunch of patsies (al central/nl central)

a lot of that scheduling griping has gone away as those divisions have become more competitive
   23. rconn23 Posted: August 11, 2014 at 02:53 PM (#4768689)

"That's perfect game pitcher Dallas Braden."

Might as well be Darrell. His 15 minutes of fame came from mouthing off about A-Rod rather than pitching a perfect game.

Sadly, ESPN now pays him to talk.
   24. Cargo Cultist Posted: August 11, 2014 at 03:10 PM (#4768707)
As a Braves fan I have plenty of more important things at which to be offended. Like BJ Upton, for starters.


You have an excellent point there.
   25. TJ Posted: August 11, 2014 at 03:25 PM (#4768724)
Where was Brian McCann when you need him?
   26. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: August 11, 2014 at 04:00 PM (#4768770)
I don't think he's obsessed with you. I think you're just enough of an ####### that it's hard to ignore.

Especially considering that until about the day before yesterday, the Brown Diaper Baby even had Gonfalon's name in his BTF handle. Talk about obsession.



Now, now, boys, be nice. Our Joey has such a small repertoire of things to say over and over and over; don't take away one of them. Especially one day after Atlanta grabbed his curly W by the short and curlies.
   27. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 11, 2014 at 04:16 PM (#4768790)
Is there any way we could have a moratorium on references to diaper babies of any hue? It's such a juvenile yet unpleasant turn of phrase.

And yet it fits Baby Joey----like a glove!

The minute he stops using it, that'll be the end of it. And you'll notice when someone retaliates in kind, he curls back into his crib for at least several hours. Maybe if he'd just stay there we'd all be better off.
   28. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 11, 2014 at 04:18 PM (#4768792)
Where was Brian McCann when you need him?

On the 7-day DL with a concussion, alas.
   29. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: August 11, 2014 at 04:19 PM (#4768794)
And yet it fits Baby Joey----like a glove!

The minute he stops using it, that'll be the end of it. And you'll notice when someone retaliates in kind, he curls back into his crib for at least several hours. Maybe if he'd just stay there we'd all be better off.


So you're saying you're planning to continue to swim in the sewer that Joey inhabits. Good to know.

   30. boteman Posted: August 11, 2014 at 06:36 PM (#4768914)
In Atlanta this weekend I chanced upon a Buffalo Wild Wings in Alpharetta with eleventy bazillion TVs and a smoky hole-in-the-wall neighborhood bar in Duluth named "SportsTime", and in both I had to request the Braves game to be displayed. They both turned on the game quickly no problem, but are the Braves not a big deal in their own home town? And a game against their erstwhile rival?* This really perplexed me, as I figured I could just walk in and the game would be on waiting for me as I have experienced in other cities as well as here in south Florida with even the lowly Marlins.

* I will note that there must have been stiff competition for eyeballs as the all-important, life or death, pre-season football games remained on a healthy selection of monitors throughout the joints.
   31. DFA Posted: August 11, 2014 at 06:46 PM (#4768923)
Does anyone know how long it takes the groundskeepers to create those logos?
   32. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: August 11, 2014 at 06:53 PM (#4768928)
* I will note that there must have been stiff competition for eyeballs as the all-important, life or death, pre-season football games remained on a healthy selection of monitors throughout the joints.

Right, was there any SEC team having a walkthrough at the time? That would explain it. That's the argument against the Atlanta fan base being tortured or whatever. They could give a #### if it's not football.
   33. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: August 11, 2014 at 07:11 PM (#4768940)
They both turned on the game quickly no problem, but are the Braves not a big deal in their own home town? And a game against their erstwhile rival?*


You were up in the domestic suburbs. There's not a big sports bar culture in Atlanta in general, and there's even less of one up on the Norther Arc. And yes, more people who do frequent the sports bars would rather watch preseason NFL games this time of years than baseball games. The folks who watch baseball either go to the games or watch at home.
   34. zonk Posted: August 11, 2014 at 08:40 PM (#4768987)
A HS teammate of mine who had recently been dropped down to JV after a rough start spent an entire practice while he was supposedly shagging flies in the OF scuffing a rather uflattering nickname of our coach in the LF grass. You had to sit in the bleachers to really see it, but from any sort of height it was rather clear. No idea how he was able to the get letters so large but perfect... spatially gifted, I guess.

We weren't a wealthy district, so this was just well maintained grass, not turf... The 'solution' was to apply further scuffs to obscure the letters, followed by reseeding, which of course never quite matched until after the season when the whole of LF could be reseeded.

I have a soft spot for scuffers...
   35. SteveM. Posted: August 11, 2014 at 10:13 PM (#4769059)

Right, was there any SEC team having a walkthrough at the time? That would explain it. That's the argument against the Atlanta fan base being tortured or whatever. They could give a #### if it's not football.


And what is wrong with that, says the SEC grad.

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