Good lord – what a horrible end to the series. Blech. Dreadful. What is going on here?! Except for 1+ innings on Tuesday night (late) we have looked horrible all week. I know its the Phillies and all, but we gotta put up a better fight than that.
While I find the fan who can love a team and not hate their rival slightly insane, I envy them a little. Just like I wish I could watch a game for the heck of it or go to the ballpark because it’s a beautiful day and not be in knots over the outcome. Why DO I care so much? Didn’t grow up in ATL? Didn’t grow up watching baseball? I started watching in ’98 at the end of the glory days. Is there a weekly meeting for this sort of behavior?
Honestly, I don’t understand Philly hatred, other than the fact that they stand between our team and the playoffs. It’s not like Rollins and Victorino are Milton Bradley. Most of their personalities are alright, and they play hard and pack the house. They’re not a mishmash of free agents. Their rise to dominance seems much more legit than the Yankees. The acquisition of Halladay was a brilliant move, and the guy took a (probable) pay cut to go there. I think they’re a class A organization.
But you don’t have to hate the other team to be miserable over losing to them. Last night was the worst loss in a long time. Like a slow train wreck, and I saw both the offense’s garbage against Moyer AND Lowe’s latest egg from a mile away.
Escobar, Lowe, and Glaus are getting on my damn nerves. Glaus needs to quit showing his ass over strike calls and basepath calls. He’s usually wrong on the replay. I guess I’m glad he cares, but he’s making a fool of himself. McCann is a passionate player, too, but when he has a beef with the umps, he’s right 90% of the time. He doesn’t just show out because he lost on the play and is whiney about it.
Escobar is always going to be a petulant child, I guess. I wouldn’t trade him, just because his dumb plays will never be enough to make him less valuable than a lesser talent, and his personality isn’t bad enough to be a cancer, but I probably will never embrace him as a favorite Brave again like I have before. He acts like he has to just completely grit his teeth to play the game professionally. I asked my Spanish teacher, who is an original refugee from Cuba’s communist takeover (she’s in her 70′s), if the Hot Headed Cuban Ballplayer excuse holds water. She said character and heart are the same everywhere, and a brat is a brat. (Though I must admit, she reminds me of Escobar a little in temperment, lol.)
Well…. that’s that. That series spoiled my mood. And I completely expect to lose to the improving Mets. The Braves can change my mind or they can let it stay sour. I’m not lifting a finger to change my own mood toward them. They’re playing like ass.
p.s. I still expect to compete for the wild card. Mad as I am and would like to say otherwise, we’ve just got too much pitching to fall out of it, barring injury. And it is truly impossible for these batting averages to stay here.
There are a lot of runs to be had by lifting half the team’s averages by 100+ points each. Just don’t know when they’ll do it. My money says, not soon.
That they are. I was referring to the Mets. I honestly don’t hate the Phillies. I want to trade half their lineup and last night’s opposing pitchers. I really like to embrace the team and appreciate the players we have. I believe comparison is the theif of joy and try not to compare. When 6 out of 9 players can’t bat over .200 all that’s hard to do.