Good year for a mostly young team. That said, I am even more pissed about the Escobar trade than I was when it went down. Our MVP from 2009 has a bad first half and gets traded? What a joke. The guy definitely had a better 2nd half than the Gonz. Maybe he would have gotten the necessary change he needed with a new coaching staff in ATL next year. I guess we’ll never know.
I’m more disappointed in how we lost than the fact that we lost. We were doomed with all the injuries, so it was only a matter of time, but the sloppy play really got to me. And yes, Gonzalez not running kind of sums it up. I know that a play like that is over so quick that you think the play is done before you can get going, but you never know what will happen.
And going forward, even with all your guys back – and Medlen is gone all next year – unless there is a real commitment to build a full team, you are simply going to end up in the same place you find yourself tonight. On the outside, looking in.
I am just sickened by this loss. Even though it feels like it was inevitable in hindsight, I just feel disgusted. I don’t want to poo-poo on a great season, but we shouldn’t have gone out like that. And as much as Bobby is to blame for some of this, I hate to see him go out like that. I can’t say anything nice right now, so I am going to bite my tongue.
Well said, Ham. I’ve never been a big Bobby fan, but the way our guys played in the postseason and down the stretch was mostly pathetic. we dropped like 13 games to the Phils after late July. The Phillies aren’t going to be much worse next year. The Braves have to add another bat to the outfield. It seems unlikely that Gonzo won’t be on the team next year, so the OF bat is a necessity, imo. I like our core of Prado, Infante, Mac, and Heyward. Hopefully Chipper returns to the form he was in when he went down. I haven’t seen enough of Freeman to know what he will do at the ML level. Please can we get an actual clean-up hitter, or at the very least another outfielder who can hit more than 20 homers. The scrap heap of guys who should be strictly off the bench players is just not going to get it done.
I cannot put it into words. I am so sad Bobby is gone. I cannot blame Bobby for this, but can only point it towards Conrad. Almost every single run this series has been scored on an error. It is a horrible way for a legend to leave the game. I really hope we can build on this season after such a heartbreaker.
Trying to be optomistic at a time like this is difficult. No doubt about it. The Umps gave two runs to the giants (game winners at that) and secondly We gave that series away with several mental and physical errors. And worst of all, Bobby is gone.
But, hey, Curt, Steve, and Hammy didn’t you all agree in the preview show that you felt like the ownership was mailing this season in? I mean if a mailed in season means a wild card birth then I cant wait until we really go for it next year. We have such a young and good looking club that I cant wait for March 31st in DC. Only 170 days!
I’ve enjoyed following the Braves this year on ABT. The podcast has become the center of my fandom really. The motherblog is too crowded and mlb.com is vile. My parents are both Braves fans, but it’s not an everyday thing. This has been just the right size and mix. I wish I’d been less socially retarded, but I’ve always known you guys would weave and bob around my weirdness, which is comforting. I’ll resist the urge to link up the Cheers theme song. Happy offseason and Go Braves!
Hey everybody. I gotta tell you, I have a totally opinion about all this (not that I’m contradicting anything your saying re Gonzo, Conrad, etc.), but the bottom of the 9th inning, at the ballpark. was really cathartic for me. The moment it began the energy in the crowd went crazy. Then Brooks came up and the place went bonkers. Which I was really glad about. It felt like a heartfelt apology. And the crowd didn’t let up the whole rest of the way. And, most importantly, it wasn’t like the end of the losing playoff series for the past 10 years. In other words, the final at-bats were not emotionless give-aways. They were great at-bats. The guys were clawing and scratching. And even when it was all over, Bobby took a curtain call, the place went crazy again, they were showing a Bobby video on the screen. All in all, if they were going to lose, it was not a bad way to go out.
Nice to have a report from the park, Steve. It would have been a much more miserable night for the boys if they’d lost it in SF. Bobby’s last game ought to have been in Atlanta and… let’s face it… there’s something old shoe about it being a playoff loss. Contrasting that to the crappy team trip back to Atlanta. Yuck. Definitely better this way, if they were going to lose.
Yeah, ABT is awesome. You guys really do a great job. I have really enjoyed listening to the podcasts and reading the comments every week. I’m with Bub, this site is so much better than the mother blog. I look forward to following in the future…
Yeah, Curt, I hear ya. Let the disappointment wash off, maybe get a little perspective…heck, maybe they’ll already have announced that Fredi’s going to be the guy by the weekend. Probably not, but they could.
You guys are great — love listening to your show, even when it’s been a bad week. Even given our performance in the playoffs, we’ve got a lot to look forward to next year.
I’ll also say that I think Chipper’s got an excellent point that, if full strength, the Braves could’ve taken the Giants. The Braves team that was in the playoffs wasn’t the same as the one that played 162 regular season games that got them to the playoffs. That’s no excuse, because such are the ways of baseball, but looking forward to next year, it gives me a little hope.