Melky Cabrera has a thriving, costumed fan base at AT&T Park. But they aren’t so fond of him at Turner Field.
And that goes for more than just Braves fans.
“That’s Melky, and that’s why he’s not here anymore,” said Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, asked about Cabrera’s body language at several junctures in the Giants’ 9-4, 11-inning victory Wednesday night.
“He got a little happy when I think (Gregor) Blanco hit the home run. That won’t be forgotten.”
Cabrera, who had been intentionally walked in the 11th inning, appeared to make a motion with his hands near his groin region after Blanco’s three-run homer broke the game open. (It’s a pelvis-thrusting celebratory move that Cabrera and Blanco have done on many occasions earlier in the year.)
Earlier in the game and the series, Cabrera taunted fans in the left field seats when he pretended to throw baseballs to them. He also made a hand gesture in the sixth inning when Jason Heyward didn’t try to tag from second base on a fly ball to deep left field.
It probably wasn’t a coincidence when Braves reliever Eric O’Flaherty went up and in and put Cabrera in the dirt in the eighth inning. Cabrera smiled as he rose to his feet.
Tim Hudson, never one to shy away from exacting justice over his career, is pitching for the Braves on Thursday. Cabrera probably won’t get too comfortable in the batter’s box.
Posted: July 19, 2012 at 05:46 AM | 49 comment(s)
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