Melky Cabrera and Beanball

Atlanta Braves fans are pretty pissed at ex-brave and current Giant (I am not talking about his weight) Melky Cabrera. If you didn’t get a chance to watch the game last night then you missed out on all the drama and you probably want to know what happened.

It all started in the top of the sixth inning when Cabrera hit an absolutely massive shot to left field* and then proceeded to watch the ball soar over the fence.

* note – sarcasm

Your probably wondering, “why didn’t Melky take off out of the box because that came really close to hitting the fence?” The answer is that something about Turner Field makes Melky extremely lazy. Your probably also wondering “what’s the big deal? Juan Francisco does that all the time.” Well it didn’t stop there.

Melky should know better than to pull all of that, especially when this is really his first above average season in baseball. (Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE)

Melky was just full of antics and fun last night at Turner Field:

  • admiring his ball fly just over the fence
  • pointing at the Atlanta fans after reaching the plate
  • gesturing with his hands near his groin after Blanco’s homerun
  • taunting Jason Heyward after he caught a fly ball while Heyward was on second
  • taunting Braves fans in left field when he pretended to throw baseballs at them

At this point there are tons of people speculating that Melky should be beaned today for all of the childishness and disrespect he showed last night. There are some people who think beaning a batter is a horrendous thing to do and should not be tolerated.

I tend to be of the former.

The question shouldn’t be “should we hit him?” the question should be “how much crap does a player have to do before he gets hit?”. I’m guessing Melky will be hit today, especially after seeing Chipper’s comments after the game and seeing that Tim Hudson is on the mound today.

That’s Melky and that’s why he’s not here anymore. He got a little happy when I think Blanco hit the home run. That won’t be forgotten.”

I’m not sure what Melky’s issue with the Braves and their fans is. Does he expect a team to want him to play for them when he hits .255/.317/.354 while coming to camp overweight and out of shape (2010)?

I fully expect Melky to be hit today and I don’t have a problem with it one bit. I have always been an old school baseball guy. I like high socks, and bent bills, and hustle on the field. Hitting people who disrespect your team and especially your fans is part of that.

I’m not saying I want Huddy going for a headshot but I don’t think anything is wrong with him bruising a leg, an arm, or some other part of the body that won’t kill the dude. With the velocity of our starters there’s little chance of that regardless of where he’s hit anyways.

This is baseball and when you play baseball you can get hit. When you step in the batter’s box you should know that it’s completely possible for you to get drilled, and you should have the common sense to realize that it just might hurt a little bit.

It’s not like Melky is going to be hit on purpose because he hit a homerun and admired it. Sure that might have pissed some people off but that doesn’t really call for a beanball. All that other stuff on the list up there though? Yeah that just might call for some good old fashioned retaliation, and I’m perfectly fine with that.

Topics: Atlanta Braves, Chipper Jones, Idiot, Melky Cabrera, San Francisco Giants, Tim Hudson

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  • http://twitter.com/BC_Clemmons BC

    My hackles got more riled with the glove gesture to Heyward.I don’t know why Melky’s home run antics are any different than Chipper’s when he walked off against the Phillies earlier. Fans have a double standard for certain players(or as I call them sacred cows) and other players(who last time I checked play on the same team!). As far as Francisco goes,if I played once a week and actually got a hold of one (and usually they are not wall scrapers) I would watch too.Besides if this is such a bad thing, don’t the Braves have coaches to correct?? Baseball is suppose to be fun .This is my biggest gripe with the Braves anyway, too corporate, too robotic. My viewpoint and just know as I post this I am watching it for a few seconds…..

    • http://twitter.com/CarlosCollazo__ Carlos Collazo

      There is a pretty huge difference in a walk off bomb and a home run that barely clears the fence. Double standard against certain types and distances of home runs maybe. And just one of any of those things probably doesn’t piss anyone off except the crotch chop crap.

  • sfgiants_fan

    Melky’s been making the HR gesture he did with Blanco all season, don’t read too much into it

    • http://twitter.com/CarlosCollazo__ Carlos Collazo

      In that case the guy is definitely an idiot. People know what that’s supposed to stand for…

  • Bob Long

    Huddy should have put Melky on his wallet with a face high inside fastball.
    It’s obvious that Huddy is more forgiving than I am!

    • http://twitter.com/CarlosCollazo__ Carlos Collazo

      Haha now is when I like looking at Chipper’s quote: “That won’t be forgotten” Baseball players have long memories…