144 thoughts on “Season over at last game thread”

  1. I just read the article on AJC about the Braves no longer being available on national TBS. I realize this may be old news to many, but I had not realized the change. Just wanted to say that as a former ATL resident who now lives in VA, I’ll miss the end of this era. True, it probably ended when they stopped using Skip, Pete and Don Sutton for the regular broadcasts. But still it feels like part of my childhood has been officially stored away in the closet, never to be unearthed again. I know I can go see the Braves play the Nats, or see them on a national broadcast every now and again, but it’s not the same. So God bless you Bob Horner and Dale Murphy, Claudell Washington and Otis Nixon, I salute you and TBS for all you’ve meant to me and my sporting life.

  2. “Season over at last game thread”

    For all the complaning a lot of us (including me) did over this past season, I’m sure probably everyone here is going to miss the Braves over a very long offseason.

  3. Goodbye TBS – a truely sad day in Braves history. Here’s hoping Larry can come away with the NL hitting crown for his first Black Ink point. On a good note, I have two favorite teams above the Braves – FSU and the Miami Dolphins. Last night’s win over the Saban-coached Tide was twice as sweet.

  4. “It’s not entirely impossible.”

    Holy double negatives, Batman!

    I just want to say thanks to the Bravesjournal regulars for keeping the season entertaining and to Mac for providing a civil and intelligent forum.

    ububba, we’ll have to catch another game next year.

  5. Chris Woodward has surpassed a long line of worthless players and should be officially crowned the worst Atlanta Brave in recent memory.

  6. Well, now I’ll be forced to pay for the mlb package on the television. I got lucky this season to have a friend that had it so we shared. I wonder which of our announcers will be on the “Peach Tree Network” or whatever it will be called. Such a shame.

    As for college football, my Sooners were awful yesterday. We had such a promising season until Colorado got the best of us.

    So how will you be celebrating the last game on TBS today? I’m going with Stella Artois and maybe lunch from Chilis.

    I hope Julio Franco gets at least one at bat today.

  7. It will be exciting to see if Chipper can pass Coors for the batting title. There’s no shame in losing to Coors; even the great Tony Gwynn, for all his batting titles, lost to Coors one year. Still, it would be nice to see him pull it out.

  8. What is the “Peach Tree Network”? I’ve read that two or three times now, and I’m still not sure what exactly it is or what it has to do with the 2008 Atlanta Braves.

  9. Allow me to join the chorus who say “Thank You” to Mac for providing us this fine forum, from which we can complain about the agony caused by the team we love.

    Chris Woodward has hit 200/ 253/ 281 this season, with below-average range at every position he’s played. Rafael Belliard, minus the glove. Thank Gawd and Greyhound he’ll be gone- I don’t think even Cox at his most addled can justify keeping him over Renteria/ Escobar/ Lillibridge/ a crate of rotten eggs.

  10. WTBS is becoming Peachtree TV locally in Atlanta. They have 45 Braves games next year.

    I’m not sure what that means for those of us zoned for the Braves by MLB, but not local to the Atlanta. Getting Extra Innings or whatever wouldn’t help, because the Braves will be blacked out. I don’t know if Peachtree will be available to cable providers outside the Atlanta area.

  11. This is a sad day. A tough season comes to an end and the Braves lose one of their great distinctions (and for a while there their only distinction) in the national coverage on TBS. I hope they get a win today to finish things out in style. I think today is a day for real Braves fans (seems there are less and less of those every season). Next year looks really bright, but this year looked that way on the last day last year.

  12. Wow, 7-0 Marlins going into the bottom of the first.

    I imagine the Mets’ blogs are calling for Tom Glavine to be lynched.

  13. Agreed. It took a few years, but Glavine and Sosa were able to execute the plan to perfection.

    But honestly, with Dontrelle on the mound, this one is far, far from over.

  14. And our lineups, for those who care:

    Flying home to Georgia and their golf clubs:
    Escobar ss
    Harris cf
    CJones 3b
    Francoeur rf
    Thorman 1b
    BJones lf
    Sammons c
    Orr 2b
    Carlyle p

    Able to get their golf clubs from the locker room:
    Anderson cf
    Biggio 2b
    Berkman 1b
    Lee lf
    Pence rf
    Loretta ss
    Wigginton 3b
    Ausmus c
    Paulino p

  15. Man, listening to a meaningless baseball game online is better than watching a a Buffalo-Jets (the CBS game here in LA today) game any day.

  16. Why does Angel Hernandez have to be behind the plate? He hates us…

    (and why Orr at 2nd instead of KJ? It’s not like KJ has had a lot of playing time recently.)

  17. Falcons game, definitely.

    Chipper could win the batting title. No Falcon is going to win anything this year except, if he’s really lucky, a ticket out of town.

  18. Thank goodness Chipper’s in the batting race and Frenchy has a mini-streak, or else this lineup could be really horrid.

  19. Walks are better than outs. If Chipper Jones has four at-bats and walks in all of them, and Holliday goes 0-4 or something like that, Chipper would win.

  20. Holliday actually only “needs” to go 0-1 to drop his average below Chipper’s (to .339172).

    And Buddy Carlyle “needs” to disappear right now. Why is he pitching instead of Chuck James or someone else who we’ll see again at some point in the future?

  21. Roger McDowell talking to Carlyle: “One of us will be in a Braves uniform after today, and it won’t be you.”

  22. Chuck James has some kind of arm problems. David O’Brien was talking about James possibly getting an MRI.

  23. So maybe all this one-game playoff talk turns into nothing. NL: AZ, SD, PHI, CHI. I could go for Cubs/Sox series.

  24. Mac, thank you for an enjoyable year of reading your forum. And thanks to the readers for a (reasonably) civil year of and conversation.

    I read a number of baseball and football blogs and it’s a constant drag to see every downturn in a team’s fortunes bring out the inner-retard in every poster.

  25. Still 7-1 after three innings. Willis out. He was walking everyone, including the bases loaded in the third inning….with a six run lead.

  26. Skip picking Tulowitzki is a little surprising. I would have expected him to go with Braun. I like Tulowtizki over Braun, too, though I’m pretty sure Braun will win.

  27. I about fell out of my chair laughing whenever they showed Paul LoDuca checking his swing for that bases loaded 3rd out. Hahaha.

  28. According to the Met fans, Glavine was and will always be a Brave. They’re also demanding Glavine give back all of his 300 wins gifts.

    What a beautiful Sunday.

  29. Francoeur decides to provide SkyMiles for charity based on the home runs he hits- and he hit 10 fewer HR this year than last year. Therefore, we must conclude that Jeff Francoeur hates children. Or something like that.

    Matt Holliday walks. He’s still at. 339713.

  30. The Mets’ fans are saying it’s all a big plot and that Tom Glavine is really a Braves and he played with the Mets all these years just to blow this one game on purpose.

  31. @Dan

    Of course they are. Ever been to a Braves home game and sit next to Mets fans? However, they aren’t quite up to par with Red Sox fans. Those guys are the worst.

    Everyone LOL@ the Mets!

  32. To paraphrase Ring Lardner, “Although Pete Orr is a very poor fielder, he is a very poor hitter.”

  33. If you ever happen to see this, Skip, as one of those folks who’ve been watching the Braves from afar lo these many years, “Thank You.”

  34. Okay. So we know that Holliday is going to stick in there the whole game. Chipper can still get a hit and win the title, even if he gets just one more at-bat. It’s not over yet.

  35. Phils score one more: 4-1. It’s gratifying to know that we’re about to enjoy the Mets slipping into that “greatest collapses of all time” conversation from now to eternity.

  36. Why Woodward here? Why not send a real hitter up and give us a chance to not be shut out in our last game?

  37. Cox just wants to leave one last impression of the 2007 season, and there’s no questioning that it’s an accurate one.

  38. Orr then Woodward… possibly the worst sequence of two batters in major league history. Hopefully neither will be back next year.

  39. Another piece of trivia about that game- the Braves had the fewest possible batters you can bring up in a nine-inning game, 25. The Braves’ only baserunners were David Justice (2nd inning HR) and Jeff Blauser (4th inning walk and caught stealing).

  40. NOW it’s over.

    I’m frankly shocked Chipper Jones fell so flat when he had what he so clearly wanted in his grasp.

  41. So, how many days have the Phillies been atop of the East this season? Just yesterday and today, right? Braves were there longer, and the Mets were there longest.

  42. It’s over. Braves 84-78 to finish the year.

    And the METS LOSE!!!!!!!

    Marlins: 8
    Mets: 1

    Phillies winning 6-1 against the Nationals still.

  43. Final NL East Standings:

    Phillies 89-73 —
    NY Mess 88-74 1 GB
    Braves 84-78 5 GB
    Nationals 73-89 16 GB
    Marlins 71-91 18 GB

  44. That’s it. We’ve endured our two down years. It’s only up from here. The Braves win 95-100 games next year if everyone stays relatively healthy.

    I agree Ron. Just about the best result that didn’t include the Braves winning the division.

  45. Well thats it for sports I prolly wont see that much of the braves since TBS wont be showing them anymore!! dang well at least the METS didnt make it guess thats something to cheer for! Go BRAVES 2008

  46. I’ll miss you, TBS. Thanks for giving me a chance to watch the Braves in all four cities I’ve lived in with announcers who love the Braves.

    (and HA to the Mets!)

  47. Yeah… definitely one of the better ways to end a season in which we don’t make it to the playoffs.

    At least our season lasted a few minutes longer than the Mets…

  48. I thought there’d be more to the tribute. Every year they show a montage of highlights while scrolling the credits. The tribute ends and Bloopers come on. Sort of cheap, but I liked the tribute nonetheless.

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