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Why Braves fans should keep their pants on . . .

Posted on: June 23, 2008 9:41 pm
 

Growing up in the 80s as a Braves fan was a lot of work.  Maybe not work but it wasn't something that you could ever really brag about.  They were god awful.  in fact, it was difficult to watch the games at times.  But us Atlantans did our duty to the Braves (well, only a few of us did our duty in the 80s) and supported our team.  Then the 90s rolled around and the Braves got good.  The stadium filled up and the postseason was guarenteed.  This is when we gain a lot of fans nationwide thanks to Ted Turner and his wonderful TBS.  These are the fans I'm adressing with this post.  I love that the Braves have fans across the country but you (for the most part) weren't there for the tough times and they're back again it seems from the posts I read on the Braves board.

Let's get this straight: this team is better, on paper, than any team of the 80s (I think that is obvious).  Hell, without injuries, this team is better than a lot of those 90s teams too.  Before you rip my head off for that statement let's think about it.  Nothing, in the history of baseball, matches the rotation of Maddux, Glavine, Smoltz, Pitcher X and Pitcher Y.  I say X and Y because those three and any of the other 4 and 5 starters we had could be the best rotation in baseball based on the strength of Maddux, Glavine, and Smoltz.  However, coming into the season with Hudson, Smoltz, Glavine, Hampton, and Jurrjens we looked really solid.  We all know that this isn't what we've been working with this season so far and i'll adress that later on.  Continuing, though, this team can hit.  They CAN hit but sometimes they seem to forget it.  With Tex, Chipper, and Mac we have probably the top three offensive players at their positions (or should be.  Tex has been down this year so far).  We have good young talent (I liked Escobar from his first game last year).  The ceiling is really high for this team.

So, what's gone wrong?  We all know that Hampton hasn't pitched in 2.5 years.  If we get one win, hell one start, from him, it is more than I expect at this point.   Glavine's been on the DL twice in his career . . . and both times were this year.  Smoltz is done for the year and maybe career.  Jo-jo's had blister problems, Buddy got run over fielding a ball, Jair slipped on some stairs.  Moylan blew out his elbow.  Soriano's missed something like 50 games with injuries.  Gonzo was recovering from a blown elbow.  That's just off the top of my head injuries to our pitching staff.  Let's not forget Chippers quad/hamstring/getting-hit-in-the-f
ace-by-a-foul-ball-in-bp.  Kotsay's back.  Diaz's knee.  Prado's finger . . . the list goes on and on.

So here we are.  Still shy of the All Star Break and the Braves are 2 games under .500 and 4.5 back from the divion leading Phillies.  Gonzo's back.  Chipper's batting .390+.  Tex is showing signs that he's coming around.  The Braves have a terrible record in one run contests (which I think will even out over the course of the season).  Their makeshift pitching staff is close to the top of the league in ERA.  They can score runs in bunches.  The injury bug has hit us rather hard this first half so we're due some luck in the second, right? 

All I'm saying is, it could be worse.  This could be 1985.

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Since: May 3, 2008
Posted on: June 28, 2008 6:55 pm
 

Why Braves fans should keep their pants on . . .

It is a shame that the Braves aren't on TBS anymore.  I know it definately grew our fan base over the years.  If you watch the games on TV, there's almost always a strong Braves fan base everywhere they go, and that is mostly due to TBS, in my opinion.  Too bad we can't grow the base like that anymore.  Look at WGN and the Cubs.  Everyone gets to watch Cubs games all the time and there are tons of Cubs fans.



Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: June 27, 2008 12:21 pm
 

Why Braves fans should keep their pants on . . .

Kid Dude, you make a great point about the games on TBS.  That's how the Braves were able to adopt so many fans.  They were all over the television.  Now, there won't be any young fans taking the Braves in since they'll never get to see them play unless they live in the Atanta area.  Not a great move for the long-term success of the franchise.



Since: May 3, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2008 11:33 pm
 

Why Braves fans should keep their pants on . . .

Whenever I think of Braves SS, I think of Rafael Belliard and his 10+ years between homeruns.  That's a power drought there!

Thanks for the feedback, all.  I would have tried to post something else today but I actually had to work at work.  Go figure . . .




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Posted on: June 26, 2008 5:54 pm
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Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2008 5:32 pm
 

Why Braves fans should keep their pants on . . .

Ted Turner sold Turner broadcasting and the Braves to AOL/Time Warner. They have subsequently sold the team to Liberty Media. Ted Turner nor TBS has anything to do with the Braves anymore. Ironic it's still Turner Field. That's why TBS no longer broadcasts Braves games.

Those early 80's Braves teams were good. We finished 2nd twice and won a NL West division title. Joe Torre was the manager. Pitching always was a weakness with Phil Niekro & Rick Mahler the only decent guys we had. Also when you mentioned Rafael Ramirez you brought back some bad memories of 42-45 errors per season at SS.




Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2008 4:27 pm
 

Why Braves fans should keep their pants on . . .

I was in the Army in the early and mid 80s and whereever I was stationed I was able to get TBS so during a 5-6 year stretch I adopted the Braves as my team.  I had to find out about my Royals mainly in phone conversation with my parents.  Anyway it was nice to watch the Braves almost daily then.  They actually had a decent hitting team back then with Horner, Murphy, Claudell Washington, and Brad Komminsk.  I think Rafael Ramirez was the shortstop and Glenn Hubbard was at second.    They just couldn't pitch a lick if I recall. 

Anyhow, I have been wondering why  I don't get any Braves telecasts anymore on TBS.  The past 4-5 years the Royals were unwatchable at times but I couldn't ever find a Braves game.  I would think that since Turner owns both the station and the team, that the broadcasts would still go out nationally.   Could someone be so nice to fill me in on that?

Nice Blog by the way.




Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2008 8:34 am
 

Why Braves fans should keep their pants on . . .

This is a good wrapup of the season, and what's happened thus far.  You're right about the hitting.  It seems like this team will hit in just about every game, so if the pitching keeps keeping them in games, they have a fair chance to win.  They've got to knock off the 1-run road game losses.  Those hurt.

Kelly is hitting well, along with many Braves.




Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2008 2:04 pm
 

Why Braves fans should keep their pants on . . .

Good start to your blogging endeavor. I share most of your opinions & some of your history also. I however had to suffer through the mid & late 70's along with the mid to late 80's. Those "Hank Aaron and the Pips" teams of the 70's made the 80's teams seem good. I remember 1 season when I pulled all year for Ralph Garr to win the triples title because he was the only Brave in the top 10 of any category.

I posted this about bandwagon fans a month or so ago in response to someone saying they can't stand the last 2 years of mediocrity.

Crying about 2 years without a division title makes us sound like the spoiled fans we are often accused of being. I assume you are not old enough to remember the 1970's or mid to late 80's Braves or you would never complain about 2 yrs. without one of our seemingly birthright division titles. Just a little perspective.

Keep blogging, I enjoy the opinion of other Braves fans.

 



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