Agreed, Steve – especially that it was Diaz, but great even if not.
Hey, here’s a HILARIOUS e-mail I received from the Braves today: “I want to invite you to join us on Friday, October 1st for a special State of the Team Address with our Vice President and General Manager, Frank Wren. As the Braves prepare for the final home stand against the Phillies, who better to join us than the man who put this talented team together?
We will be hosting this event at the Turner Field Right Field Patio, located outside the concourse at Section 129. Please remember that you will need a ticket to the game in order to attend this fun event. Food and refreshments will be available starting at 5:35 pm, while the main presentation will begin at 6:00 pm.”
It sucks. It sucks. And it sucks. But, the team did not lie down and die tonight. They showed signs that this thing isn’t over and that we’re going to fight these last few weeks. And Derrek Lee is starting to catch up to the fastball.
Look at this murderers row the Phils have had to face as they’ve run away with the division:
For the eighth straight game, an opposing starting pitcher failed to pitch beyond five innings against the Phillies. Add Braves rookie Mike Minor to the esteemed list of Brandon Beachy, Yunesky Maya, Jordan Zimmermann, Jason Marquis, Jorge Sosa, Adalberto Mendez, and Andrew Miller.
The other problem with this series is that the Phillies are better than us. I convinced myself otherwise heading into Monday, but when middle relief is the only part of your team that compares favorably …
My favorite college football team is the best in the land. It’s a weird transition, going from the cringing, clawing, hope-against-hope feeling of watching your little baseball struggle against the odds to find a window for getting in with the big boys of the NL, knowing that even if they do, at the end of that road is the 250 million dollar Yankees… to watching your team sit atop all the headlines and dominate opponents, building an amazing team on (relatively) equal footing with the other teams in the country.
Why why why is McOut in Left Field? Are Diaz and Hinske and everybody else locked out of the ballpark? I meant to ask last night, but was too disappointed to type. Watching on the big screen at the trivia bar makes losses so much worse.