[The more common Hollywood movie pits European people against Native Americans. However, this movie has a theme of competition between portions of the Native American community over how to deal with these immigrants.]
Just as we have become familiar with the 2016 Braves, early on we become familiar with Chincachgook (Chief of the Mohicans, think Nick Markakis), Uncas, (son of Chincachgook, think John Gant) and Nathaniel Poe (or Bumppo as in the books).
Then, we are introduced to Magua, who seems to want to help the Europeans. Think Mike Napoli. Really quickly, you find out he is not your friend when he drives in Lonnie Chisenhall with two outs. In other words, he had an ambush in motion.
It gets us out of order with the movie, but as Uncas falls near the end, so John Gant succumbs to injury and leaves the contest in the second inning. This appears to be the dreaded “oblique injury.” Not quite as bad as an Algonquin war club to the head, but a DL visit is likely, thus allowing the Braves to audition another young pitcher. In other words, the casting calls go on and on.
Nathaniel (Nick Markakis) is able to save the daughters of General Monroe from Magua. In other words, he hits a sacrifice fly to tie it at 1.
But Tyrell Jenkins (General Munro) can’t hold the fort and surrenders to the French and Indian forces. That is Tyrell gives up a Lonnie Chisenhall 3 run homer. A few weeks ago, you absolutely knew after that it was over. Now, you think there might still be a struggle.
Major Heyward (Tyler Flowers) shows his heroism (hits a solo shot to tie it at 1 in the bottom of the third) in assisting the daughters and the Mohicans in escaping Magua’s second ambush.
But Magua’s second ambush continues as his tribe adds another run in the 7th. Mauricio Cabrera makes his first appearance and gives up a single to let an inherited runner score. He prevents further damage without any strikeouts. Neither does he walk anyone. Who was able to use a shape shifter to cause Mauricio to disappear and be replaced?
As we near the end, the wise sachem (Hunter Wendelstedt) is called on to settle the dispute. Wendelstedt becomes the home plate umpire after Jerry Layne gets rocked by a foul ball.
After the battle, with Uncas dead, Nathaniel and Chingachgook mourn, like Braves fans.