ATLANTA – When fans arrived at SunTrust Park for the fifth game of the National League Division Series, one of the most important playoff games for the Atlanta Braves in more than a decade, something was missing on Wednesday.
The foam Tomahawks, which had been placed against the Cardinals at each seat prior to games 1 and 2 of this series, were absent this time.
After Game 1, rookie Ryan Helsley commented on how he found the Braves Tomahawk Chop to sing "A Disappointment" and "Disrespect" to his Cherokee heritage, prompting the Braves to consider how to promote the jubilation and how they could change their daily gambling practices due to Helsley's considerations.
Two officials at the stadium confirmed that the foam tomahawks were not sitting in response to Helsley's comments and the team's resulting discussions.
There will be more changes during gameplay and interaction with the fans In Game 1
of the NLDS, Helsley entered the game with a draw.
"We are very sensitive to it," said a Braves spokesman in the eighth inning. The Braves had encouraged their fans to take part in the "Tomahawk Chop" novel several times throughout the game – even before the Braves lineup was announced – and did so again in the melting pot of this late inning moment. The applause was not directed to Helsley, and it is doubtful that Atlanta was aware of its deep family ties and its place in the Cherokee nation.
Helsley said he was unaware of the singing as he warmed himself up on the hill and only later heard that it was going on. But he had heard it earlier in the game, and this experience led him to investigate his origins and use in Atlanta later that night. Braves issued a statement declaring "to continue to value our elements Activate the brand as well as the gameplay experience ". The changes on Wednesday underline this comment.
Helsley received much feedback from his comments, some negative and some vulgar. He also said Wednesday that he received many supportive comments suggesting that it is important for him to have been speaking on the hill during the singing.
He did not personally hear from Atlanta officials. He believes he will hear from the crowd during Game 5 and is not sure what will greet him when he joins in the game Given the concern voiced by Mr Helsley, today during our presentation at the ballpark we will make several efforts to reduce the Tomahawk strike. Related Graphics when Mr. Helsley is in the game As mentioned earlier, we will continue to evaluate how we activate elements of our brand, as well as the overall gaming experience in the game. We look forward to a further dialogue with those of the Native American community after the end of the postseason.
The Atlanta officials have been thinking about what they will put on the scoreboard, and the role that the stadium calls for cheering could contribute to it.Of course, the "chop" can still develop organically through the crowd, as was the case when he became part of the playoffs and baseball atmosphere in Atlanta.
"I respect Ryan's opinion. All he does is support his legacy, "said Cardinal's manager Mike Shildt." He is sincere in regards to his heritage and the thoughts behind it. I do not think he has anything bad against it. I think he was just honest about that. And I respect that completely. … Hels is a pro. And the hope. "That would be, look, he spoke out of sincerity, he did not speak out of malice or anything like that.
" So people can do that in any context they want to record and how they react accept it "But I'm sure Ryan will do an equally good job."