Monday, April 25, 2005


I just returned from my first game of the 2005 season at Shea: Mets vs. Braves, which the Mets won 5-4. The Braves are easily my least favorite team in sports. It's ridiculous in this day and age that there are still American Indian mascots for pro sports teams. The Redskins are by far the most offensive name, but that's football, which is a sport I just don't enjoy as much as baseball. Baseball has the Braves and the Indians, but as a National League fan, my spite and spit are saved for the Braves. Plus they do that obnoxious tomahawk chop, which really gets my blood going. On top of that, any team that can't sell out a playoff game has the worst fans in the world. So screw the Atlanta fans, too. There are many reasons to dislike the Braves.

I did, however, discover that the Braves have a backup third baseman named Wilson Betimet. He's hitting .111 so far this year, and I'm calling him Speechum.

His new nickname makes me happy, which is the first time the Atlanta Braves have given me pleasure since I became a Mets fan. Although since it's a nickname my buddy Lewis and I came up with over the course of a few slow minutes of the game, I guess, really, the Braves didn't have anything to do with the pleasure after all. So screw the Atlanta Braves and their fans. But God bless Wilson Speechum Betimet.



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