Atlanta Braves: Turkey underwear, Cubs fan ‘hunger strikes’ – what’s your weird way to get Atlanta winning?

Frenchy swears by 'turkey underwear.' (AJC)

Frenchy swears by 'turkey underwear.' (AJC)

Braves right fielder Jeff Francoeur says the team is 7-0 when he wears his lucky ‘turkey underwear’ to Turner Field. And in Chicago, a die-hard Cubs fan says he’ll go on a post-All-Star game ‘hunger strike’ (actually, he’ll eat 500 calories a day) as a way of “shaming” the team until they win five in a row, something the Cubs haven’t done this season.

Photos: Ultimate Braves fans over the years

YOU TELL US: We KNOW the Braves should get more hits and play more fundamentally sound baseball. But we’re asking you what extreme measures you, as a fan, would take to get this team going on a hot streak — a hunger strike? Heading to The Ted in special skivvies? Getting a rally mohawk? What, just for fun, would be your ULTIMATE Braves Doomsday Plan? (Keep it clean, y’all.)

41 comments Add your comment

Cletus

July 1st, 2009
9:41 am

I’d drink beer on my couch if that would help them win, but it hasn’t seemed to work so far.

Steve

July 1st, 2009
9:50 am

I don’t wear any underwear

Dude

July 1st, 2009
10:00 am

I will take a vow of celibacy until the braves win the east again

Poorjeff

July 1st, 2009
10:05 am

JF and his Frenchy Underwear are all a damn joke!
It will take more than what JF brings to Braves for them to win.

Jeff

July 1st, 2009
10:05 am

I won’t do anything but I will challenge Francoeur to shut his month until he gets his ave above .300

Bravos 123

July 1st, 2009
10:25 am

Is the best thing that JF can contribute to winning is his underwear?

We Hate Yankee Baseball Fans

July 1st, 2009
10:29 am

Let’s Send All the Rude, Foul-Mouthed, Loud-Talking, Obnoxious, Rude, Annoying, Condescending, Foul and Rude Yankees (i.e. Red Sox, Yankees, Mets, Phillies and Cubs Fans) Back Up North in Order to Have a Ballpark Experience at Turner Field EVERYONE Can Enjoy.

Go, Yankees, Go…… Back Up North to Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and New York!

Go, Braves!

Ronald Millsaps

July 1st, 2009
10:36 am

I wouldn’t trade Jeff Francoeur. As I’ve said before, doing so isn’t the answer, and if you trade him now, you’re probably just going to regret not having traded him for Zack Greinke. He has the potential to regain his 2005/2006-like swing, and we sorely need that production if/when it returns, and it’s showing serious signs of returning lately.

What, exactly, did Yunel Escobar do the other night to get himself on bad terms with management? I know he’s a hot-headed guy, which I like, actually, and I didn’t see the actual play and the subsequent reaction in question, so I don’t know any specifics. I’m not saying that the Braves have him benched because of this offense, but if they do, at this point I would get him back in the lineup.

Back to Francoeur, Bobby and T.P. struggle, it seems, with helping players gain concrete offensive identities. For a long time, Jeff Francoeur has seemed broad-minded at the plate, when in reality he needs to be narrow-minded (this concept applies to other areas of life, too). Right now he spends an awful lot of time going the other way as opposed to trying to pull the ball, and if he’s going to approach his at-bats this way, perhaps we should put him a little higher in the order. Heck, maybe we should bat him at second or even third and move Chipper to cleanup.

As for Kelly Johnson, here’s a guy who has been shifted all over the lineup offensively, and defensively, he plays where he’s really not comfortable to begin with. If it had been my call, in spring training I would’ve given second to Prado and left to Kelly and would’ve forgotten about it, period. Now here we are, seeing a concrete adjustment about halfway through the season when it could’ve been made sooner, and I think we should put Kelly in left because he can get to balls faster than the incumbents.

Kelly has been working the count, being aggressive, trying to set the tone, trying to drive in runs, receiving sporadic days off, and playing where he’s somewhat out of place defensively, so let’s not point his current struggles to him only. Has management guided him properly? No, it hasn’t. What’s the objective at the plate? I don’t see it as clearly defined.

We don’t need to trade Francoeur. Jordan Schafer, though, would be interesting as trade material.

Back to defensive positioning, I think we understate the influence that playing out of position can have on a player’s offense, as it has to be a distraction. Remember Ken Caminiti’s time with the Braves? He struggled at the plate when being used at first base but seemed much more comfortable there when getting to return to third, where he was accustomed to playing.

I recommend Mark Bowman’s articles, which are good reads. I got frustrated last year after the Teixeira trade when Bowman said it basically was the team’s white flag on the season, but I can see in many ways where he was coming from.

I was glad to see the Hawks draft Jeff Teague. Sizable upside here, and he attended my Dad’s alma mater. He might be a nice complement to Joe Johnson.

Roja

July 1st, 2009
10:40 am

I’d fire Bobby!

Dixie Chopper

July 1st, 2009
10:43 am

I wish ALL baseball fans from north of Virginia would go on a hunger strike and never stop.

Those people are savages.

mike

July 1st, 2009
10:46 am

I actually prefer the “Rude, Foul-Mouthed, Loud-Talking, Obnoxious, Rude, Annoying, Condescending, Foul and Rude” fans of the north to the boring, quiet, passionless, heartles, “professional”, fans of the Atlanta Braves.

Daniel

July 1st, 2009
10:52 am

Why are we even asking ourselves this question? We all know what the answer is to get the Braves back on top. BRING BACK CHIEF NOCAHOMA.

northernfan

July 1st, 2009
10:52 am

I am a Braves fan from up north, but I have to say; At least the fans from up north seem like they’re having fun. Atlanta fans always stare disapprovingly when anyone yells or cheers.

Some of our fans should leave the stadium and go back to Sunday School, or the library, where proper etiquette is observed.

John T

July 1st, 2009
10:53 am

I would bat. Because I can probably be more productive than this batting order.

Don

July 1st, 2009
11:44 am

All changes/ acquisitions whatever are for nothing until Bobby Cox is replaced. He is one of worst offensive managers in baseball history – has Braves next to last in all of Baseball in average number of pitches seen per at bat – guaranteeing terrible run production – violating absolute essential of working the count and makeing opposing pitcher throw a lot of pitches – in addition to blunder after blunder in tactical actions or lack thereof.

Don

July 1st, 2009
11:47 am

Lock Bobby Cox in the Clubhouse for the remainder of the season – and pick out any knowledgeable fan and let them manage the team.

Mr. Obvious

July 1st, 2009
11:55 am

Northern Fans at Turner Field are largely unable to refrain from using profanity, crude language, sexual references, know-it-all attitudes and/or their annoying nasally voices when [ahem] “cheering.”

I can use as much profanity as anybody else and can be very short tempered, but at least I was raised to not use those attributes around women and children.

Frankly, I don’t like sitting around those kind of people from the northern states when I pay good money (and lots of it) to go to an MLB game, either.

Mark C.

July 1st, 2009
12:03 pm

I would say nice things about Jeff Francouer, Kelly Johnson and Garrett Anderson.

Bill Heller

July 1st, 2009
12:24 pm

We need a knuckleballer! Teach Franceour – or maybe Johnson since he’ll have some time on his hands…

Justin

July 1st, 2009
3:18 pm

I will run 1 mile for every run we lose by.

GT, where nerds get shot and robbed everyday

July 1st, 2009
4:16 pm

why don’t we put frenchy’s wife in the turkey underwear and let HER dance on top of the dugout. at least that would give the fans something to cheer about.

Peter

July 1st, 2009
4:18 pm

Sit Frenchy…..fire Terry !

ManOfTeal

July 1st, 2009
4:21 pm

Lets go Braves!!!! Beat the Phillies so Florida can take over first place….LETS GO BRAVES!!!!

Ross

July 1st, 2009
4:41 pm

Every time the bullpen blows it, Bobby Cox must wear a pink bikini. That would make him think harder. Two in a row, he has to kiss Pendelton on the lips.

-drl

Brave Fan in Chicago

July 1st, 2009
4:46 pm

All I can say is to name one hitter this side of Brian McCann who has improved during Terry Pendleton’s batting coach tenure. Believe it or not, high raw skilled hitters who come to the majors often improve after a few initial jitters. The Braves hitter come up–sometimes smoking–and, then, fall to mediocrity or worse for the long term. So, my solution is to retire Bobby, make TP the manager where he will be a good player’s manager, but unlike Bobby will take players to the wood shed when needed, and hire a hitting coach who actually is a hitting coach. If I’m not mistaken, there are at least two great ones coaching for the Braves minor league teams right now.

Atlanta_Tiger_Fan

July 1st, 2009
4:48 pm

Hire new, younger manager! The game has passed Bobby Cox.

Shady Kraft

July 1st, 2009
4:49 pm

Before I turn the game on, I toss a milk bone to each of the dogs Bogey and Shady. If they both catch the milkbones, the Braves usually win. Too bad the dogs cant catch very well…

OedipusTax

July 1st, 2009
5:07 pm

The greatest thing that Francoeur can do to help the braves win is to accept the trade that is upcoming that will place him on another team, and not complain when the Braves give up on him. He’s been given every chance imaginable. His OBP doesn’t cut it, and never has. He still thinks he’s hitting against high school pitching, and every pitcher in baseball knows: don’t throw him any strikes, because he swings even when a pitcher throws to first base.

todd

July 1st, 2009
5:09 pm

Like Jeff Francouer- I’m going to keep wearing the same underwear. I’ve been wearing this particular pair since last Sunday and the Braves are 2-0. I hope they keep winning but I am starting to smell a little bit…

The Big Maru

July 1st, 2009
5:18 pm

I think it’s time to set the pressbox on fire again. It worked in 93.

Ross

July 1st, 2009
5:20 pm

Shady, can they play infield?

-drl

ExecutiveStinger

July 1st, 2009
5:30 pm

Shady’s dogs sound better than Kelly “Damn I Suck” Johnson

Michael Prick

July 1st, 2009
5:37 pm

After last nights win, it’s safe to say that Martin Prado is the new starting second baseman for the rest of the season.

Dawg4Life

July 1st, 2009
5:37 pm

Here are my ideas:

Get more hits
Keep Chipper from commiting another error
Teach Escobar how to throw the ball to first, and get off the DL
Show the starting pitchers how to dodge a line drive
Teach all of our pitchers how not to reach 3-2 counts
Get a new third base coach that will actually send runners when they have a chance of scoring
Tell Garret Anderson to please, for the love of God, at least TRY to throw someone out.

Matt the Brave

July 1st, 2009
5:54 pm

Have Ted Turner buy the team back and spends LOADS of money, or at least have crazy promotions again?

RHR

July 1st, 2009
6:09 pm

I would watch them play uninspired baseball where they give away games and lose night after night. Oh wait…

buckheadbenny

July 1st, 2009
6:15 pm

I think Jeff should voluntarily take himself out of lineup and let Diaz play half of the time since Bobby won’t- I think we will be much luckier then than we are now-

Varsity Chili Dogg

July 1st, 2009
6:21 pm

I have 9 Braves hats and I change them every inning until they score. Then I wear that hat until the other team takes the lead. Then its time to switch again as the hat’s obviously lost its magic until tomorrow.

Jason

July 1st, 2009
6:30 pm

Get me Leo the rocker back in clubhouse!!!! When he stopped rocking, we stopped winning!!!

kaygeeone

July 1st, 2009
7:03 pm

To we hate yankee baseball fans, you said rude 3 times and foul twice. It’s not nice to hate anyone, but I guess the yankees and their fans deserve it. Fire Anderson and Pendelton, bench Frenchy and Cox needs to get ejected more to keep the team and the fans fired up. Savvy?

TPM

July 1st, 2009
9:49 pm

Way to break out of the slump Chipper Oblique Jones. You are hot with the bat. You are now tied with David Ortiz in home runs and RBI.