Since this is my last regular season write up and there was no way the Braves were going to win after Sunday’s celebration, I have decided to go a different direction with my recap. Don’t worry, game five of the World Series is on a Monday. I have a great write up ready for when we win it all!
I love this site. I have read Braves Journal almost every day for over ten years. The great write ups, the thoughtful posts, the fun arguments and the people. You guys are a great bunch, I really mean that.
However, that being said, there is one negative I want to point out. We tend to get into DOOOOOMED Mode really quickly. Granted, there are time that it is warranted and I am not calling everyone out. Well, maybe I am a little.
That being said, I am going to take the positive route. I like this team. It is one of my favorite Braves teams ever. In fact, I would put them up there with the 1991 and 1995 teams. They are fun to watch and never give up.
I know the last month or so the Braves have taken their foot off the gas some. That’s fine with me. I think Gonzalez has given guys rest and found more ABs for his bench bats. He has been resting the starting pitchers while not taxing the bullpen. This is going to help us next week.
This team has also shown they can turn it on when they need to. After the All Star Break when we got our clocks cleaned by the White Sox, we moved Heyward to the leadoff spot and took off. The early season games with Washington. The games in May with LA. The late inning rallies.
There is so much here to like. Plus, we have the best record in the league and no one is talking about us. We have a winning records against all of the NL foes we will see. While we may have a few flaws, so do they. The Cards struggle against lefties, we have already dominated the Dodgers bullpen, Teahran almost no hit the Pirates, the Reds have Dusty Baker.
What do past experiences have to do with this team? Mark Wholers, Kirby Puckett, Jim Leyritz, Eric Gregg and Jack Morris won’t be there. In fact, I think the only past playoff moment that comes into play is last year. These guys remember that. They are hungry. The fans are hungry and now passionate. Coming to The Ted starting next week is going to be hard.
I am very excited about our chances. You should be too. Why not? There is a lot of luck in the post season and we have a guy nicknamed El Oso Blanco. How cool is that?