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Breaking News: Heyward Human, Fans Riot

Written by Joe Lucia on .

This is my biggest pet peeve about the internet: people overreact way too much about things that are barely with noticing. In case you haven't noticed, Jason Heyward has had 2 bad games in a row. He's 0 for 9 with 5 strikeouts. What those 2 games tell me is that HE'S CLEARLY NOT READY FOR THE MAJOR LEAGUES. Please. This rationale absolutely stuns the hell out of me. His major league career is 17 at bats old, and people are freaking out because he's not living up to their lofty expectations. I'm going to be blunt right now: fans that expected Heyward to be the team's best hitter and biggest superstar in his rookie year of 2010 are absolute morons. He's not going to OPS .900, he's not going to hit 30 homers. Your expectations are too high. If he gets a .750 OPS, I'll be happy. No 20 year old pops into the majors and becomes an immediate superduperstar. People are making comparisons to Jordan Schafer last year. Because if you remember correctly, Schafer struggled substantially in his rookie season. But there are two miniscule differences: Schafer's sample size was just a tad bit larger than 17 at bats (167 to be exact...but you know, thats REAL close to 17! 2 of the numbers are the same!), and he was playing nearly that entire stint of 167 at bats with a broken bone in his wrist. As far as we know, Heyward is totally healthy, and if there was the slightest thing wrong with him, there isn't a doubt in my mind that the Braves would rest him. Every time he got a scratch in the minors, he'd rest of 2 or 3 days. Heyward will end up being a major league superstar. Don't count him out after 17 at bats. Thinking that he's somehow flawed, damaged, or not ready for the majors because his first 4 games (most specifically, his last 2) haven't resulted in him curing cancer, stopping global warming, AND World Series trophies being shipped to Atlanta for the next decade is an absolutely ridiculous thought. Worth noting is the fact that Heyward has as many strikeouts as a fantastic player in Shin-Soo Choo (while a 250 point higher OPS), and only one more than stars like Adam LaRoche, Milton Bradley, Josh Hamilton, and Mark Reynolds, and two more than even bigger stars like Troy Glaus (hey look, a Brave!), Adrian Gonzalez, Grady Sizemore, Ryan Zimmerman, Adam Jones, and Joey Votto. Half of his strikeouts came in one game. A game that was a day game following a night game on the other end of the country, and his first roadtrip as a member of the major league roster. I expected people to be patient with Heyward, and not have panic attacks when he went through rookie struggles...welp, looks like I was wrong. God bless the internet.
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