Melky Cabrera was an extremely popular player in the Bronx especially considering his skill level at the time. However, Melky isn’t very popular in Atlanta – with the fan and apparently with the player’s as well.
After making a few obscene gestures toward the Braves in Wednesday night’s game, Chipper Jones had a few things to say about the Melk-man.
“That’s Melky, and that’s why he’s not here anymore,” said Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, asked about Cabrera’s body language at several junctures in the Giants’ 9-4, 11-inning victory Wednesday night.
“He got a little happy when I think (Gregor) Blanco hit the home run. That won’t be forgotten.”
Cabrera, who had been intentionally walked in the 11th inning, appeared to make a motion with his hands near his groin region after Blanco’s three-run homer broke the game open. (It’s a pelvis-thrusting celebratory move that Cabrera and Blanco have done on many occasions earlier in the year.)
Earlier in the game and the series, Cabrera taunted fans in the left field seats when he pretended to throw baseballs to them. He also made a hand gesture in the sixth inning when Jason Heyward didn’t try to tag from second base on a fly ball to deep left field.
It probably wasn’t a coincidence when Braves reliever Eric O’Flaherty went up and in and put Cabrera in the dirt in the eighth inning. Cabrera smiled as he rose to his feet.
That’s just Melky being Melky, I guess. Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long insinuated earlier this season that there was a reason that he was no longer wearing Pinstripes. It turns out there is a pretty good reason he’s not with the Braves either. At least part of his game has matured, but clearly he’s entirely different from the way he used to be. I wonder if the change is enough for the Yankees to offer him a contract this offseason.