Marcell Ozuna uses boos as motivation to punch some more

Marcell Ozuna is using the relentlessly booing Atlanta Braves fans as motivation to punch some more.

After getting his first start on the Atlanta Braves roster in a week, Marcell Ozuna seized the day by striking out two more times before manager Brian Snitker fired him in favor of Eddie Rosario.

It’s been a hellish week for Ozuna, almost entirely on his own initiative. Snitker didn’t put him in the roster for the entire four-game series against the New York Mets earlier in the week. It wasn’t until the home series finale against the Houston Astros that Ozuna got any action. Not only was he benched by the Atlanta skipper, he was arrested for a DUI early Friday morning in Norcross.

After Sunday’s 5-4 loss to Houston on breakout day, Ozuna told WSB’s Alison Mastrangelo that he used the constant boos from the home crowd as motivation to keep playing his best brand of baseball. Of course, that means scratching out ad nauseam, as well as playing dodgy left-field defense whenever Snitker decides to wake up and choose violence on any given day.

Here’s the clip of Ozuna speaking with WSB after Atlanta’s loss to Houston on Sunday afternoon.

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It will be a little over a week before Braves fans can think of booing Ozuna again at Truist Park. Atlanta just started a six-game road trip with three in Pittsburgh starting Monday and three in St. Louis starting Friday. Although the Braves lost on Sunday, they are 11-2 in their last 13 games. After a slow start, Atlanta has grown into one of baseball’s top teams.

While the Braves have been a wagon for most of the past calendar year, Ozuna has failed to live up to his four-year contract he signed with the franchise in February 2021. Not only has he failed to show of discipline, he was arrested twice in 15 months in two suburbs of Atlanta. Although the Braves will let the legal situation play out, his days in Atlanta are numbered.

Without the albatross of a contract he carries, Atlanta would have already released him. There’s a good chance he’ll be suspended by MLB. Atlanta should cut the bait once it gathers enough information on the matter. He may have some good baseball in the tank, but Ozuna is a sunk cost to Atlanta. It will be shocking if Snitker signs him up for the roster on Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies at home.

For a team with so many positives, Ozuna has been nothing short of a nuisance.