I have to agree with Steve. I want the Braves to win and win BIG! And if they make it to the playoffs I want them to make it to the WS and then I’ll want them to WIN! I wish I could just enjoy watching them play good ball. But the whole time my gut is twisting with every pitch because it’s so important for them to win so many games. Curt, 3 sounds much more like you. I was beginning to wondering if C in B had taken over your blogging account. Just don’t drop your beer.
Steve, I agree with a lot of what’s in your sentiment. But your argument and mine aren’t exactly meeting full on.
I don’t mean that my enjoyment of baseball being played well has nothing to do with it being MY TEAM playing it well. My whole sentiment is “look at my team playing like this!” Like you, I choose tonight’s game over a great game 7 between other teams, even if it’s the Big Red Machine incarnate.
But the choice for me (in my own soul searching) is whether or not the little number in the Games Back column is going to dictate my excitement completely. Maybe we dug a hole too deep. Maybe Frenchy/Bobby/Jordan/Kelly’s early play took it out of reach. This team right here and right now is pretty awesome (still need a RF bat). Of course the games back column has SOME power in the equation. But not all. It won’t break my heart if we play as well as we have since the ASB and fall short. I’ll look at the year with some satisfaction. Will it be a complete bummer for you?
Bub- it would definitely NOT be a complete bummer for me if we keep playing like we have. Great ball and being part of the equation going down the stretch would be enormous fun, and immensely satisfying for me this season. My only point was that if we were 40 games under .500, 20+ games out and then went on an 8 game winning streak, it would not mean that much for me (short of had we jettisoned the entire team and were starting to play a bunch of kids). Maybe I’m just repeating myself, but my enjoyment of the team is definitely tied to some realistic opportunity at the post season.
In other news – great game! Way to keep the intensity up. A convincing performance by everyone tonight (it’s bottom 8 for me on my DVR, I hope I’m not jinxing anything). Chipper’s swing on that homer was an absolute thing of beauty. And Ryan Church does not suck.
So glad Church had a good night since that other guy hit a homer for the Mets. I’ve decided I’m no longer going to tweet during games. All I said was “Go Cubbies” and look what happened. The baseball gods do not approve of my tweets. As I type that sentence the Astros score in the 9th to tie it at 8. That’s it…no more tweets during games.
Kinda quiet park, sadly, and I don’t think the fans were fully into it. Lemmings as often we usually are, “Make Some Noise,” writ large on the Jumbotron always seems to do the trick. When Bobby got the ball from Hanson, he received strong applause and Standing O and did give a tip o’ the cap – very slight – but definitely there. That said, the opening half-inning felt like four innings and I was a might worried ’bout that boy.
Poor Frank missed a few good plays while trying to convince me that some of my player opinions are dead wrong…so karma’s a b#*ch for him, since I’m steadfastly right. …and clearly Diaz knew I’d be sitting high atop right field, since that’s where he “chose” to be this evening.
I’ll be sitting in or about the same place tonight hoping for a little more of the same. Go Braves!!
I neglected to mention: GREAT to see Infante back.
One of my co-workers just said something bizarre that she thinks she overheard on 680 The Fan about Kotchman coming BACK?? LaRoche didn’t play last night and I checked the Sox site and Kotchman didn’t play last night either. Whaaaa? Bizarre-o World that must be a misunderstanding/mishearing.
Anne – I can’t imagine that’s true. One of the many reasons the Braves made the trade in the first place was to get rid of Casey’s contract. No way they pick him up again. And with Infante back we have no need for another infield back-up (especially one that only plays 1st base).
I could not help but smile when I read your mention of the player opinion berating you took from Ballpark last night. I’ve been on the wrong end of too many of those. Next time you see him, mention that you think Chipper is a hick. It will guarantee a 30 minute talking to from Frank.
Oh, Steve: we were having that conversation AS HE HIT HIS HOME RUN. Frank tossed me a, “showed YOU,” look, and I said even hicks can hit home runs and I’ll still never like the guy. Frank suggests I think he’s a jock, not a hick. I DO think he’s a jock…AND a hick. I then offered that perhaps Chipper will win me over in his retirement years.
The rest of the night was spent discussing lazy (and perpetually solitary – he never hangs out with anyone else, even during the National Anthem) G.A. and his (my opinion) lack of oomph out there. I was informed that he’s a better fielder than Diaz, at which point I suggested we take it indoors and come to fisticuffs. I’m 100% sure Frank is correct, if only G.A. would GIVE 100%.
Frank’s bringing his nephew tonight, so it’ll be two against one. I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t hit a girl. PRETTY sure…
Anne – That’s hilarious that you were actually getting berated about Chipper. By the way, tell Frank that he’s INSANE that GA is better in the field than Diaz (and I’m not just saying that because of your school girl crush on him). GA takes some horrendous routes to flyballs. Just horrendous. Frank has cleary heard the phrase, “professional hitter” one too many time about GA and he’s been downright seduced by it. Have you met Frank’s nephew before? Super nice guy. Send my regards.
I knew Lake back in the day, but haven’t seen him since he left King Plow. I’ll absolutely say hello. Bub, if you’re unaware of King Plow, please just file it away with your PG-13 items. It’s really not filthy at all, but I like you thinking it is.