i think the braves get alot more respect around baseball than we, as braves fans, think they do. it is obviously a storied franchise, and many of the best players to every put on a uniform played for the braves. i really do think that the braves franchise is viewed with alot of respect by people around baseball.
as far as hanson and jurrjens being a little off…the first start after the all star break is always a little weird for everyone. they will be back on their routine and back to normal in their next starts. im predicting a 5-2 week, but i think it will have more to do with the offense than it will the pitching. the O is figuring some things out, and we are going to some big time hitter’s parks.
DAP – Braves just ranked as the 3rd most popular team in baseball behind the Yanks and the Sox. Crowds might not be great in Atlanta, but they are still a national draw wherever they go. Not sure what my point is, but they certainly have a national imprint that is much larger than the small home crowds would indicate.
I will say that they had a nice showing this weekend against the Nats.
curt, im not sure if the braves are ever going to have the same type of fan turnout as the cubs, red sox, yankees phillies, ect. and its a bit unrealistic to expect them to. the communities the serve are just different. atlanta is very spread out, and its just a small part of “braves country”, when you get down to it.
anyways, i dont think attendance is a problem, anyway. the braves make up for some small crowds by having one of the bigger stadiums in baseball. so, when they do sell out, there is about 10,000 more fans in the place than there would be at a phillies sellout.
but as far as getting the “respect”, i dont think that attendance has anything to with with a team getting respect from around baseball. anyone think the Rays dont get respect?
also, i think fans of every team feel like their own guys dont get the cred they deserve at times. just part of being a fan. i believe most folks consider the braves as one of the top franchises in all of baseball.
#4 – nice to hear about our ranking. I think I mentioned here once that when I went back to CA for a high school reunion, all the (former) jocks were thrilled to hear I was in Atlanta and said that they watched the Braves on TBS as teenagers and learned to love the team that way. Cubbies, too, probably get that, thanks to WGN.
Do you guys think Lowe would even be in our postseason rotation? If not, then why not dump him for whatever prospects you can get? I really do believe that Minor or Teheran could come up and give us at least the same quality as a Lowe start. Of late, Lowe has been pretty bad, imo. He isn’t getting the same location and control he had last September and October and in April of this year.
Nate “Do you guys think Lowe would even be in our postseason rotation? If not, then why not dump him for whatever prospects you can get?”
if the playoffs started now, no he wouldnt. but remember he was pretty bad most of last year too, before going 5-0 with an ERA around 1.15 in september, when we made the playoffs by one game. the then pitched something like 6 no-hit innings in the game the braves were eventually eliminated in. point is, lowe pitched REALLY well down the stretch after sucking for 5 months, and without him we would have been on the outside looking in.
since we wont be setting the postseason rotation for another couple of months, im not ready to say we wont need his veteran presence in the playoffs.
i just have to make an announcement. Jason Heyward is no Jeff Francoeur. He is much much more talented. It’s amazing reading several blogs and message boards that all of a sudden people want to start Hinske over Heyward or send him down to AAA. People wake up. He is obviously hasn’t found his rhythm and is just in a funk. Remember Freeman was struggling too.
#14 Jason Heyward better than Jeff Francoeur? Long run Heyward..RIGHT NOW? Francoeur. How many assist does Heyward have?
I thought you guys were a little “wishy washy” on the trade talk. I think we need another everyday bat. Remember long ago when San Diego traded for a pitcher just so we would not get him? (Can’t remember what his name was). Not saying to trade the farm, but we are legit this year. More so that I can remember. Much more than this time last year. Get that extra bat to make us better!
I don’t think Heyward is a very good defensive player. Now, that doesn’t mean he’s not laid out for one or two balls that looked really great. But there are a few balls I think he could have gotten too were just over the wall — didn’t seem to put any effort into jumping up off of the ground to at least try. Doesn’t seem to get a very good jump from time-to-time.