Atlanta, Georgia sports fans have long considered the possibility that a curse laid upon their most hallowed grounds.
Before last year’s MLS Cup win by second-year soccer standouts Atlanta United, the city’s multiple professional sports teams, past and present, had amassed just one championship in well over 140 combined campaigns between them.
So, as the Braves prepare for Game 5 of the National League Division Series back in the friendly confines of SunTrust Park, many in the city believe that perhaps, thanks to the curse being lifted on the Golden Boot of Josef Martinez the year prior, that this could be the Braves’ year.
But, as with all historical discussions about baseball, someone out there had to ruin it with their social justice junket.
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When fans arrived at SunTrust Park for Game 5 of the National League Division Series, one of the most important playoff games for the Atlanta Braves in more than a decade, there was something missing from their seats Wednesday, something subtle.
The foam tomahawks that had been placed at each seat before games 1 and 2 of this series against the Cardinals were not there this time.
Rookie Ryan Helsley’s comments after Game 1 about how he found the Braves’ ‘Tomahawk Chop’ chant “a disappointment” and “disrespectful” to his Cherokee heritage prompted the Braves to consider how they promote the cheer and how they could alter their game-day practices as a result of Helsley’s thoughts.
The Braves’ have been toning down their Native American namesake for decades now, recently catching flak over a reemergence of former mascot “Chief Noc-A-Homa” on batting practice caps in 2012.
We can only imagine that Braves’ fans will let their opinions be known tonight, as they face the St. Louis Cardinals in the winner take all game. First pitch is at 5:02pm. We imagine the first Tomahawk Chop will begin soon after.
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