Melky Cabrera taunted some Braves fans with a crotch chop straight out of the WWE playbook on Tuesday. While it’s unclear what motivated the “suck it” gesture, we’re guessing it has to do with Melky’s stinky season with the Braves in 2010.
Melky was dealt to the Braves from the Yankees prior to the 2010 season as a main piece in the Javy Vazquez trade. Atlanta released him after he posted a below-average season, and he was picked up by the Royals for whom he bashed 18 home runs and OPSd a career-high .809. The Royals traded the Melkster to the Giants for Jonathan Sanchez, and he went all crazy and became an All-Star starter with a .353/.392/.516 stat line this season.
We’re guessing the fans were razzing him for being great with San Francisco while stinking with Atlanta and that that was his response. It’s not often that we see players taunt opposing fan bases during games (though one guy has made a habit of it). Maybe Melky would be better off going with the Jeff Francoeur approach in the future.
UPDATE: Melky did even more taunting on Wednesday.