Atlanta Braves: Francoeur returns with Mets — what will your reaction be?

When former Braves outfielder Jeff Francoeur, recently traded to Atlanta’s NL East rival, the New York Mets, returns to Turner Field tonight for the Mets-Braves series, there’s sure to be mixed fan reaction.

YOU TELL US: Are you going to the game? If you are, how will you greet Frenchy? And even if you’re not going to The Ted, what’s your reaction to seeing Francoeur in Mets orange and blue?

72 comments Add your comment

AlabamaBrave

July 16th, 2009
10:41 am

It will be strange to see Frenchy in a Mets uniform at the Ted. It won’t be as strange as Dale Murphy’s first time in Atlanta as a Phillie, but strange. That is part of the business though, players switch teams all the time.

mike

July 16th, 2009
11:12 am

cheer him the first time up to pay respect for his time and effort here..jeff is a very good guy.. next at bat he is a visiting player and should be treated such.

marie

July 16th, 2009
11:14 am

Why do you care?
You wanted Jeff out of town – now he is gone,
yet you (AJC writers) still obsess over him.
Find someone else to obsess over – maybe within the
Braves organization.

Enough, Enough, Enough Already.

July 16th, 2009
11:19 am

Marie — I couldn’t agree more. The AJC writers piled on JF way beyond what was necessary. You guys really, really, really need to move on.

cphizzle

July 16th, 2009
11:31 am

amen AJC writers wanted him outta town as much as anybody specially one DOB…i will cheer from my couch tonight eevrytime frenchy comes to the plate

ann lewis

July 16th, 2009
11:40 am

hope he hits it over the fence. or maybe just towards the dugout.
wonder who is next?

Chloe

July 16th, 2009
11:50 am

I will pull for Jeff every time he is up. I think it will be very hard for him to play against the Braves.

BJE

July 16th, 2009
12:06 pm

This may be the first message board orchestrated trade in the history of sports. Let’s hope it goes well so all the posters look like they know what they are talking about.

tmac

July 16th, 2009
12:17 pm

I’ve been saying for years, screw Eddie Perez because JF should have been wearing #12 all along.

Ramblinwreck1378

July 16th, 2009
12:17 pm

I’m glad he’s out of here. He needed a change of scenery, and quite frankly he wasn’t getting the job done. I think it’s better for him to get out know and save face, rather than be replaced next year by someone within the organization as soon as next year (Jason Heyward). I will never wish him ill-will though. I love the kid, but Atlanta just wasn’t the place for him.

Poorjeff

July 16th, 2009
12:30 pm

Glad he’s gone!

Why the he!! does AJC keep on about Jeff? Every times you look up they have his picture on….Jeff did this, Jeff did that …WHO gives a damn, he’s not a Brave anymore.

Its a shame AJC don’t have anything else to report.

D-Bo

July 16th, 2009
12:30 pm

Hopefully he absolutely wears out the Braves and everyone that disliked Jeff here, loves it.

Mrs. Chanandler Bong

July 16th, 2009
12:45 pm

I think the Braves did him a big favor. He surely would’ve been non-tendered at the end of the season, and we gave him a chance to regain his confidence somewhere else.

METSFAN4LIFE

July 16th, 2009
12:54 pm

I’ll be there wearing the blue and orange in right field! There will be more Mets fans tonight at the game and we will win 5-1. LETS GO JEFF; continue that 4-9 hitting pace.

BravesNeedHelp

July 16th, 2009
12:58 pm

This will be an eye opener on what kind of hitting coach Pendleton is. They traded Francoeur because they gave up on him. Im not sure a player who goes all the way to Texas to use a hitting coach to help him is not worth keeping.

Look, Francoeur worked with Pendleton the last three years. Why has Pendleton not helped him? Why did Frenchy feel the need to work with someone else? Could it just be that Pendleton really isnt any good? How long must we wait to see and how many more young players will be tossed aside because Pendleton cant work with these kids? I think the next several months will tell us all what we need to know. Is it Jeff or is it Terry. Stay tuned and find out. Personally I think its Terry Pendleton and he needs to be replaced. But,,,,,,Time will tell……..

Fed up

July 16th, 2009
1:36 pm

I hope Frency hits Pendleton, Cox or anyone of you crybabies who run him out of town, IN YOUR SOFT SKULLS with a screaming line drive.

Habersham Dawg

July 16th, 2009
1:45 pm

Fed up,

Looks like you have some anger issues. Maybe your name should be Grow up? Just a thought…

Be-little, BeBOLD

July 16th, 2009
2:10 pm

In my personal opinion TP is not coaching the hitters to date . . . name one he has helped! Several players have had slumps and he cannot help them. Their dads or other players have to do TP’s job. And if he can’t help the hitting what makes him a manager candidate when the time comes to replace “the Greatest”???? He sure is good at eating Sunflower seed or whatever he chomps on while hanging on the rail . . .

METSFAN4LIFE

July 16th, 2009
2:15 pm

what is TP? Toilet paper?

tommymarietta

July 16th, 2009
2:48 pm

you people talk about him like he is some kind of Atlanta Braves Legend. He was a flash in the pan in Atlanta. Who cares about him or anyone for that matter??? Get a life

br

July 16th, 2009
2:49 pm

i will be booing him from section 133 in right field.

Carlton

July 16th, 2009
2:52 pm

Hey Mike (2nd post) – Thanks for the insight. I could’ve sworn Buck Belue said the exact same thing verbatim yesterday on the drive home. Way to be original, champ.

TMoney

July 16th, 2009
2:55 pm

I’ll still be cheering for Jeff, I hated to see him go and would absolutely love it if he found his way back here. I hope he breaks out while up in New York, just to finally wake the Braves up that the hitters aren’t the problem, the hitting coach is.

Jeff P.

July 16th, 2009
2:59 pm

Falcons will start up before long. Things will be ok. On that note:

1b – John Abraham
2b – Harry Douglas
3b – Brian Finneran
ss – DJ Shockley
c – Tony Gonzalez
lf – Roddy White
cf – Jerious Norwood
rf – Jamaal Anderson
sp – Matt Ryan

How much more exciting is that than what we have?

CJ in Woodstock

July 16th, 2009
3:00 pm

Why does everyone blame TP? I didn’t know he still played…
When players reach the Majors, I’m pretty sure they know the fundamentals of hitting. They’re in the majors because they can hit and produced. It’s not like TP still needs to tell them to keep their head still, how to grip the bat, etc…you people who blame TP are ididots.

CJ in Woodstock

July 16th, 2009
3:01 pm

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Arlo

July 16th, 2009
3:05 pm

Hated to see him go. Hope he does well in the Majors. Maybe he will come back home someday!

BJE

July 16th, 2009
3:09 pm

The AJC saw how many hits columns about Frenchy received. Whether it merits coverage or not, like NASCAR.com does with Dale Jr., the AJC was (and is) going to write about Jeff. They need money. If you can’t see this, then the AJC thanks you and encourages you to keep commenting on this topic.

Your continued devouring of this topic caused the trade.

jf fan

July 16th, 2009
3:12 pm

Frenchy has been a well loved brave his whole time here. As a local boy growing up in Atlanta’s parks the love for this kid goes deeper than just playing ball. I wish him all the luck in the world and I hope he shines bright tonight, back in Atlanta where he belongs. It will be good to see him on the field to give Atlanta a chance to send him off the right way, not just with a boot. I hope all you true ATLANTA Braves fans can give him a good hometown farewell. We’ll miss ya Frenchy.

Bravo

July 16th, 2009
3:16 pm

I’ll be there – I’ll politely clap for him and hope he doesn’t turn it around on us. If the NY hitting coach can get JF to stop the “toe tap” timing swing, he may become a good .265 to .280′ish hitter.

BR549

July 16th, 2009
3:25 pm

I’d love to see no reaction at all from fans at the game. I want to see it just as if Josh Willingham or some other unrecognizeable player steps up to bat and no one notices. Jeff isn’t that great of a baseball player to warrant a Teixara reponse (boos during the yankee game) or the cheers of Glavine or Maddux when they returned wearing a different uniform. Let’s usher in Jeff to Turner Field with SILENCE!

tankandtank

July 16th, 2009
3:27 pm

Any Brave fan that boos him should be beat with a stick. He did not ask to be traded and wanted to finish his career here. Cheer loud for him this first game back and move on.

Bobby' s Boy

July 16th, 2009
3:28 pm

Jeff needed to be gone last year. He was and is a waste. His talent belongs in AA at best. This was one of the best moves that Frank Wren has made. Jeff was more interested in the cameras than hiting. Good bye and stay the hell away

Joe S

July 16th, 2009
3:31 pm

I’ll clap for him for doing a lot of good things he did for us in the past. If he is having a good game I’ll boo him.

DARNELL

July 16th, 2009
3:31 pm

FRANCOEUR IS NOT HALF THE MAN MIKE VICK IS! ATL NEED VICK BACK A HOLE LOT MORE THAN SISSY FRANCOEUR!

Grace

July 16th, 2009
3:36 pm

The hot dog needed to go many months ago. He was the biggest baby on the team. No clue what it meant to be a team player. Oh – did I mention he hasn’t hit in 2 years? Give me a break.

Amen about AJC – quit writing about him and move on. Only reason I ever clicked onto the articles was to vote in the polls that he should go. Now he’s gone. G-O-N-E.

Marie

July 16th, 2009
3:37 pm

Darnell – a HOLE lot more??????????? Wow – what does that mean – HOLE?????

Scott

July 16th, 2009
3:37 pm

Anyone who boos Francouer is an embarrassment to Atlanta and to sports fans in general.

Grace

July 16th, 2009
3:39 pm

Don’t worry about Darn-ell. I’ve reported his comment and AJC should remove it for the homophobic and offensive comment that it is. Why is it that they make it so hard to report these things?

dap01

July 16th, 2009
3:40 pm

Jeff is a Met. End of story.

Prissy

July 16th, 2009
3:42 pm

Ok, Scott. Now you’re the moral authority; I get it. Sheesh. Anyone who boos Frankie has an opinion and a right to express it.

Arlo

July 16th, 2009
3:47 pm

ps. nobody looks good in blue & orange.

Ricky B

July 16th, 2009
3:55 pm

He should be cheered, He is a good player. He deserved to be able to work thru his problems. I believe that he had alot of pressure on him with all the trade talks, along with trying to find his groove from the previous years. I know he will turn it around and it sucks that he will not be a Brave when he does.

Fed up

July 16th, 2009
4:01 pm

CJ what do they pay coaches for. TP is suppose to correct and coach players when they are scewing up and evidently he can’t do the job. Look at Chipper,when he’s slumping he goes to his dad and usually he snaps out of it.If you want to call someone a idiot just look in the mirror.

Rawdog

July 16th, 2009
4:01 pm

Jeff couldn’t cut it in the GA penal leagues. Outfielders are paid to hit, not throw out advancing base runners. French dip should quit baseball and go back to football and give it a try. Maybe he could be a white Bo Jackson.

Little Leaguer

July 16th, 2009
4:05 pm

LOL, Rawdog. I always said we should have traded the french tool for a decent Little Leaguer.

Fed up

July 16th, 2009
4:09 pm

Cheer for Frency, are you kidding me. He’s in a METS uniform. Good luck French but only when you’re not playing against the Braves

David

July 16th, 2009
4:10 pm

only people who cheered for JF were women…

Scooter

July 16th, 2009
4:12 pm

Frenchy’s problems started when he got married…

Simon

July 16th, 2009
4:15 pm

All JF had to do was change the song they play when he came up to bat. It is the most down song of all the players.