MLB: Bad Night for Atlanta Braves...but Not Totally Because of No-No
Ubaldo Jimenez's no-hit bid was pretty impressive last night.
After walking six through the first five innings, the Rockies' young right-hander went on to retire the remainder of Braves opposition without a hitch to seal up his place on Colorado history as their first hurler to boast a no-no.
From a Braves' fans perspective, it's okay to be frustrated.
It's okay to be coy in your reaction to last night's transgressions (as in: to cheer or to just exit).
But, it's embarrassing to boo.
Yes, it's the opposition.
And, yes, the Braves just lost in rather sorry fashion (but, hey, 97 in the ninth with breaking stuff, for the most part, hitting the black is impressive).
But this is a moment in this young man's life that he's going to be living with for the rest of his life.
And while I'm sure that the booing didn't do much to dampen his spirits, how does that sort of reaction reflect the Atlanta fan base, at least here in 2010?
LA didn't boo Kent Mercker in '94.
And Atlanta didn't boo Randy Johnson back in 2004.
Is it frustration with losing nowadays?
Is it due to rather inconsistent play here at the start of the 2010 campaign?
Or is it something else?
No matter what it is, I think you owe it to Jimenez to acknowledge what he did as impressive, even if it is against the home team.
Fans may not feel that they "owe" the guy, and maybe some were booing the Braves, but what Jimenez did last night doesn't happen every day.
And, frankly, I wasn't completely embarrassed with what happened until boos rained down from the stands at Turner Field.
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