Forgive me, Braves Journal. I have sinned.
It’s been a long time since I confessed. Even a moderate sinner like me can score a lot of guilt in 75 years. Regrets: I have a few.
My more egregious misdeeds happened before I hit 60. I’ve pondered them and judged myself harshly. Where I could, I’ve made restitution. The march of years reinforced deeds cannot be undone. What’s past is past. I can only seek forgiveness.
What I confess today is ongoing. I have been unfaithful. Not to my fanhood, for the Braves are my team. I’ve been unfaithful in my viewing. I watch other teams. I am unrepentant. I like watching good baseball, and the Braves do not play good baseball. Andrelton’s no longer around to stay my wandering eye.
I started sneaking around with the Cubs. They’re a good-looking team. Lately, I’m more promiscuous. I’ve partied with the Pirates, the Red Sox, the Orioles, even the Nationals. My depravity is limitless. I lust.
I lust for Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. Even saintly souls occasionally do. Those boys are generational talents, and my grass will never grow green enough to lure them to my pasture. Therefore, my current lusts are simpler, probably equally ill-fated.
I WANT Salvador Perez. Sally’s a beast, young and massive enough to survive the rigors of the season. He’s a defensive stalwart, calls a good game and is no slouch with the bat. Kansas City would never move him, no matter how I lust; so I focus my desire on …
Jonathan Lucroy. Lucroy’s on the wrong side of 30. Catchers usually don’t age well; but Lucroy’s not the usual catcher. Tyler Flowers IS the usual catcher, and he’s a perfectly fine backup. If I can’t have Sally, I want both Lucroy and Flowers. Lucroy will need someone to help lift the load until the crops start coming in on the farm.
I feel other, deeper cravings. I REALLY WANT Nolan Arenado. I REALLY WANT Gregory Polanco. I yearn for both; but if I can’t have Polanco, Marcell Ozuna will be just dandy. I’d swap Julio even up for any of them. Maybe I’d throw in a prospect or two. I’d add a third guy for Arenado. I WANT all three. I am without shame.
In addition, I also confess that I stole the “who’d I like to have” idea for this recap from Chief Nocahoma. Thank you, Chief. This post is all your fault.
Aside from the occasional fleeting flirtation with a Kershaw here or an Arenado there, desires that tempt but do not linger, but that’s all I have.
By the way, the Braves played today at Dodger Stadium. They even gave Matt Wisler a two run lead in the first. Matt gave it back in the first, and Enrique Hernandez homered to take the lead in the second. My Braves never got close again. Wisler didn’t have it and got hammered. Snit left him out there far too long. Why don’t we coddle Wisler a little. He might turn into somebody we want to tell the great-grands about him someday.
Braves lose 12-6. They are now tied with the ’62 Mets for abject futility.
Tomorrow is another day.