Curt, I think it’s because Josh Johnson’s name is so boring. He really should change it to something more dynamic and memorable.
Steve, I agree with Curt about Atlanta fans. There is no such thing as “not a good baseball town.” You would also have to say Atlanta is also not a very good basketball or hockey town either. The only team that gets any support is the Falcons, and that’s because it’s the NFL.
I think Curt’s point about Atlanta being a city of transplants is smart. They’ll go out to a game as an occasion, but not on a regular basis.
Another thing to consider is the nature of fandom. Numerous studies have indicated that fans identify most with tradition and history (think Domers, Terrible Towels, Buckeyes, Yankees, Celtics, etc.). Fans will turn quickly enough on players and coaches, so it’s much easier develop and draw on history and nostalgia. The Braves only posted a handful of winning seasons from 1966-1990. It’s hard to cultivate a vibrant fan base when a team puts crap on the field for nearly 3 decades.
I’m still doing theater things so in my shared season ticket package this year, I made sure I wasn’t going until after April. So, I’m yelling at my iPhone or TV until, I think May 2nd. That doesn’t mean I won’t sneak into some cheap seats before then, but next home stand before I can add to the live fan totals.
#75 is like a punch in the gut…I need to get my pilot’s license and a small crop duster to get me back and forth so I can take advantage of Curt’s extra tickets. It’s killing me not to have a game on my calendar. Looks like it’s time to schedule the 2nd annual ABT party at Turner Field!
On a good team and especially on a good American League team McClouth hits 7th or 8th. He is not a top of the order hitter. Just thinking back to when he first came over and we hit him third now makes me laugh.
“I think the way the lineup is constructed is more important [than getting your best hitters more plate appearances]. Then why don’t we lead off [Albert] Pujols? Or [Barry] Bonds? Lead ‘em off.”
Hello Fredi. You don’t bat Pujols and Bonds first because the 8 and 9 hitters dont get on base as much as the 1 and 2 hitters. Therefore you bat these guys 3 and 4 so they can be in position where you maximize their RBI potential and also get them as many at bats as possible. Batting 6th doesn’t do that.
Our manager has faulty baseball logic. Frightening.