Blech. Braves 2, Art Museum Steps 7. Has the wave crested?

Are we now in a Dickensian existence? “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” It just doesn’t seem right losing 2 of 3 from the Phailures. We have some holes and we only have5 or so days to try to plug them.

First, the Duvall news was bad. He had started back hitting about where you expect him to. He was great for a leftfielder and could cover center temporarily without a mass fall off.

I was scared when the news in the spring was about Rosario’s eyes. The eyes are everything in baseball. I have put this anecdote up before, but I know a world famous eye surgeon. He was giving a talk and when he went out, Mark Lemke was in the hall. This was just as Lemke was stopping playing. Lemke told him he had lasik type surgery to try help his eyes, but they got worse. I am concerned that Rosario is cooked.

Acuna hasn’t looked worth a damn all year. We need that other version to show up.

Matzek is not likely this year to get back where he was the previous 2 years. That makes a big hole.

Ian hasn’t even met the 5th starter standard for a fringe playoff contender. But you have Muller go and get his hand broken. So, can glove hand in a splint Muller take that spot for a while? Not likely. Can anybody else in the org take it (and have a reasonable chance of doing as well as Ian)? Not likely.

So, you lose 2 out of 3 to a team of massive flaws. Doesn’t that suggest you have a few yourself?

And Charlie isn’t quite there. He got to the fifth with no runs, and then the crappy fielding and throwing helped the Phillies get 5. Meanwhile the hibernating offense had gotten zero. 5 to 0 doesn’t often turn into a win. It did not today.

Wake up and smell the dung pile. Then, toss it into the sewer plant. Don’t let this smell linger.

12 thoughts on “Blech. Braves 2, Art Museum Steps 7. Has the wave crested?”

  1. It was a day of lows. I have faith that the manager can persuade the fellas to shake them off. Tomorrow’s off day will be handy, too. But they were kicking the ball all over the field.

    AA has his marching orders, and I think the mandate’s a little easier to figure than it was a year ago: we’re clearly buyers, not sellers. Let’s get it done.

  2. Took my 6yo son with me to the game today. Thought I could lift some spirits of bad outcome with some good vibes from a day at the park.

    Arrived around first pitch, entered through LF gate.
    Got lunch. Hot dog and fries for my little guy. BBQ sandwich with baked beans and slaw (added onto the sandwich!) for me. Shared bottle of Smart Water. ($34) Ate together in view of the field behind LF foul pole.

    Seats in Section 241, Row 1, overlooking LF from the Scoreboard Porch. Great views. $18 apiece! Purchased day of.

    Philadelphia Water Ice in fifth inning, so watched Morton’s Meltdown from the line on a concourse TV. He had blueberry, I had cherry. And we traded halfway. ($12)

    In he 7th, we walked down to watch Chavez warmup. Sat 10’ from him, wat he’s him go through his routine. Always been my favorite spot in the park. Get as close to players as possible. Will Smith and AJ Minter looked miserable just sitting there. I imagine praying their name wouldn’t be called.

    There is a kids area behind Ashburn Alley and the bullpens called The Yard, where kids can try their hand at wiggle ball. My little guy took 2-3 from the Sport Management intern I imagine was hating his life about that moment tossing wiffle balls to 7-yr-olds.

    Today was also Kids Run the Bases Day. So postgame we lined up with about 5,000 others outside the stadium to enter through the RF service docks o to the field. My guy ran 1st to Home 2x and got a picture in front of the Braves dugout – something he’d been clamoring to see up-close all day.

    Then he fell asleep in the car in traffic on the way home. And when he awoke in our driveway, he asked if we could have hot dogs for dinner.

    The End. Of a great day, results excluded.

    PS – I’m a 37yo lifetime Braves fan. And I’ve still never seen a Braves win live in-person. So I’ll take the loss today, boys. My bad.

  3. Can’t beat fun at the ol’ ballpark.

    And that’s a pretty good one, too… beats the hell out of that Astroturf dump of a football stadium they used to play in.

  4. Great day, Josh.

    Great recap, cliff. Thanks.

    The writing on this site (commenters included, Josh) just gets better. There are no slumps on Braves Journal.

    Ububba and AAR, thanks.

  5. If we had a way to post pics/vids, I would. I’ve been coming here daily for about a year now. Cool place!

  6. Hey crew, BravesJournal.com is down for now and I’m not sure why. Make sure you’re typing in BravesJournal.us

  7. Let’s hope the day off does us some good. Maybe AA can give us something to talk about today?

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