The Braves dumped fan favorite Craig Kimbrel, traded him to the San Diego Padres, and to rub salt in the fans’ wounds they announced it on Easter Sunday, no less. Ironic that on Easter Sunday Jesus rose from the dead, the Braves just officially killed their 2015 season with no ascension in sight.
Teams like to announce unpopular trades late Friday afternoon or on the weekend. The news cycle is slow during those days and won’t get as much fan and media backlash. Sorry Braves, no way in hell you will be able to sneak this trade under the cover of darkness. It will get the full backlash that it richly deserves.
Craig Kimbrel was the Braves one superstar. That guy is a stud, and every home game you knew that the bottom of the ninth with the Braves leading by three runs or less, the scoreboard would go dark and when Kimbrel commenced running in from the bullpen, the flames would erupt everywhere around the stadium and the fans would go crazy.
The Braves have built up a lot of good will over the years with Braves fans but I will tell you what, I’m damn mad about this and I don’t give a damn that there will be a new stadium in 2017 with a supposedly good team. This year’s team will stink and what reason is there for the fans to go to the stadium and spend money?
Anyone care about 2017 right now? That new stadium that is still two years away keeping you warm at night?
For a lot of Braves fans this news is lousy enough but to announce it on Easter Sunday when many people are relaxing with their families is absolutely cruel. I’m sorry, but that is how I feel.