‘Fire GM Trent Baalke’ banner to fly over stadium at 49ers’ next home game
A group of disgruntled San Francisco 49ers fans critical of the job done by general manager Trent Baalke have raised enough funds to allow their unfavorable opinion to be seen clearly … flying overhead Levi’s Stadium.
During the 49ers’ Nov. 6 tilt against the New Orleans Saints, the team’s next home game, a banner will be flown over the stadium bearing the message, “Fire GM Trent Baalke.” To help rally social media support, the hashtag “#FireTrent” will also be included.
A GoFundMe campaign to raise the necessary funds for the banner exceeded the $1,076 stated goal quickly and within 22 hours after going live, over $2,000 had been raised.
The campaign’s case in part:
The 2016 season has already spiraled out of control. The 49ers are currently in the basement of the NFC with a 1-6 record. After a demoralizing week 7 loss to Tampa Bay this team is showing no signs of improving. The level of ineptitude that has been on full display every Sunday thus far can only be rectified with a total reexamination of the organizations interior. That reexamination needs to start at the top with the teams’ general manager Trent Baalke. Trent has been provided ample opportunities to establish himself as a capable NFL GM. He has failed and it is time for him to go.
The anti-Baalke campaign follows last season’s banner movement that called for the ouster of 49ers CEO Jed York. While York remains, many believe the movement inspired the firing of former head coach Jim Tomsula.
Conor McGuire, Graham Grealish, and Mark Scannell are the individuals behind both campaigns.
“McGuire told me that the York banner last year was more of making a statement rather than actually believing Jed would step down,” Niner Fans writer Ryan Sakamoto wrote in a recent article. “Baalke, however, is a different story, as he’s on the hot seat and the seat gets hotter with every loss.”
The case can be convincingly made that Baalke has rightfully earned a spot on the hot seat for the dysfunctional state of the 49ers organization. Fans of other teams have spawned this kind of banner movement before with ultimately, if not related, encouraging results.
Perhaps it will work for disgruntled Niners fans as well.