Braves fans looking for sympathy obviously won't find much here. You can debate the merits of the infield fly rule in a specific situation, and it sure looked funny on a ball hit into what most people would consider the outfield on Friday night, but based on the letter of the law, I personally would have to agree it was a subjective call and therefore technically accurate. (I'm not as sure I agree with its application though.)
Braves fans weren't having anything resembling a debate at Turner Field, which erupted into an uncomfortable scene in the moments that followed the controversial play.
In a display eerily reminscent of what transpired at a Cleveland Browns game in 2001, the good people of Atlanta chucked beer bottles and assorted trash on to the playing surface, surely targeting the umpires who would not be overturning the original call. Just imagine if this had happened in Philadelphia.
Chipper Jones defended the fan base after the game though not for their actions. Some Phillies fans might find it laughable, but he praised their passion. It's a little more difficult to argue upon seeing this display.
Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, playing his last game before entering retirement, called the fans’ reaction disappointing, but added: “I know one thing’s for sure. You won’t be able to say that Braves fans don’t care. They came out in full force tonight, 50,000 strong. We love each and every one of them.”
We were curious what the reaction is specifically from Philadelphia fans, both over the call and the melee that it incited. We think it's also notable that this particular call isn't necessarily what cost the Braves the game, as they were already losing 6-3, the eventual final. Let us know how you felt.
About a year ago, while in Indianapolis for the combine, the Eagles cut veteran linebacker DeMeco Ryans.
Ryans has finally found his next job ... as a coach.
The 32-year-old former linebacker has been named a defensive quality control coach on Kyle Shanahan's staff in San Francisco. Shanahan was on the Texans' staff for the first four years of Ryans' pro career. Niners defensive coordinator Robert Saleh was also on that Houston staff.
After the Eagles cut him last Feb. 24, Ryans was out of the league in 2016 after 10 NFL seasons. He played the first six years of his career in Houston, where he was a two-time Pro Bowler, before joining the Eagles through a trade in 2012.
While the Eagles cut Ryans after the 2015 season to save $3.5 million in cap space, they made a point to go out of their way to praise him on his way out. He was very well thought of in the locker room and throughout the building.
While Ryans played one season under Andy Reid, he quickly became a favorite of Chip Kelly, who frequently called Ryans the "Mufasa" of the Eagles' defense.
Kelly didn't forget about Ryans when he went to San Francisco to coach the 49ers for the 2016 season. In fact, in Kelly's questionnaire in the NFL's 2016 information guide, Kelly listed Ryans as a player who'd make a great head coach.
In the 2016 NFL Info guide, Chip Kelly named DeMeco Ryans as a player who would make a great HC. Now, he's on the next 49ers staff. pic.twitter.com/TGx0cfDr3c