Will Atlanta support a losing Braves team? 

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Suzanne: No. We're not a good baseball town. We like winners. We don't know how to support losers. There's history in Chicago, there's history in Boston, but Atlanta is not a good sports town. I wish it would be different. If we don't turn it around, [Turner Field] will be empty in August and September. I'll be out here. I hope others feel that way but I doubt it. Right now we're dealing with a change of ownership and everything is up in the air.

Kent: You can't go one bad season and say it's over, don't show up. You've been winning for such a long time you have to give them a chance to get back. The hardcore Braves fans will still show up and that's about 30,000 around here. They'll give them a two-year grace period, after that attendance will go down but I believe they'll be back in two years, anyway. You have a great farm system, a good manager, good management. Maybe when we find out who the new ownership will be that will make it a strong team again.

Jean: The younger fans that were following the team since 1991 will continue to follow the Braves. Take, for example, the younger players like Jeff Francoeur and Brian McCann, who started to follow the Braves when they were 10 years old. There are fans the same age that, because they got so involved with the team during the winning years and became so knowledgeable, they'll stay with them even if they have a couple of down years.


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