Nearly six weeks after ending a season in which their greatest achievement was barely avoiding 100 losses, the Braves just couldn’t lay low.

Nope, instead of taking some of the cover provided by horrendous football showings at Georgia and Georgia Tech, and waiting to see if the Falcons recent recession from a great start was set to truly go into free fall mode, the Braves figured out a way to become public enemy No. 1 again in the hearts and souls of Atlanta sports fans.

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It was nice knowing you Andrelton Simmons.

In one fell swoop, Thursday’s trade of the player who’s not only the best shortstop in baseball, but also considered the game’s top defender at any position in the field, stole away the considerable angst our fair city was currently experiencing over the Bulldogs, Yellow Jackets and Birds, and put the bullseye squarely on their own back.

Yeah, pointing the gun at themselves has pretty much become the one thing the still-Atlanta Braves are adept at.

But as much as the Braves have ticked off their fan base by engaging in yet another deal that erases yet another productive and familiar face (we still haven’t forgotten you Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, Evan Gattis and Craig Kimbrel), let’s understand something: no one should be considered untouchable in that organization. And that’s not a shot at the now-departed Simmons — or for that matter, Freddie Freeman and Julio Teheran, who might be packing their bags next.

Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Clayton Kershaw… those are five-tool players who have franchises built around them. The Atlanta Braves do not possess anyone like them.

And for that very reason, I do have to credit newly-minted General Manager John Coppolella for one thing. In his conference call with the media after the trade was made official, Coppolella said he’s not afraid to make tough trades of this nature, understanding fully well that it wouldn’t be a popular move.

But there’s one thing that Coppolella, and Terry McGuirk, John Schuerholz, John Hart, and Fredi Gonzalez must also realize is at play here, as well: whether the Braves move in 2017 to Cobb County puts them firmly in the midst of their self-researched hardcore fan base or not, the vitriol surrounding that change only serves to further enrage the entirety of Braves Country. They are fed up with the whole lot of them.

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And while those are the names we most immediately recognize, it’s the faceless specter of the team’s Liberty Media ownership group that most infuriates the masses. Over the last decade plus, while Atlanta Spiritless dominated the headlines for their Three Ring Circus stewardship of the Hawks, Liberty Media has been the true blood-sucking villain of our local sports world.

There they sit in Denver, with the Atlanta Braves nothing more than a line item on a spreadsheet. As long as the franchise operates in the black, winning baseball games matters little to chairman John Malone and his minions.

Thankfully, the Hawks are rid of Atlanta Spiritless and Tony Roessler has taken over as principal owner of the Hawks. And Arthur Blank – who once sought to purchase the Braves before the sweetheart stock transfer deal between Time Warner and Liberty was consummated – is the singular force that continues to direct the Falcons.

And that’s the point. I’d rather have a silver spoon sucking idiot like N.Y. Knicks owner James Dolan… I can’t believe I just said that… who will be held accountable for his actions, as opposed to a conglomeration of corporate frat boys running my beloved team behind closed doors more than halfway across the country.

When it comes to doing what the Braves are doing in stockpiling a depleted minor league organization with as much young talent as possible, I’ve got no problem with that. But when you gut your major league roster in the manner in which the Braves have done so in the last 12 months — even if it’s to fix the supposed wrongs of the previous person “in charge” — your fan base cannot tolerate it.

And then, when you couple all of that with a highly criticized future move out of the city you’ve called home for the past 50 years to head for the suburbs, the natives have more than ample reason to become restless.

It’s been 25 years now since the Braves finished off a sixth consecutive season of sub-80 win futility. Little did we know then that they were on the precipice of a more than two decades long run of success and excellence.

Dare we think that the same type of turn-around is about to repeat itself?

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Probably not. After all, Ted Turner isn’t walking through that door anytime soon.