Flying home today … and can I say that seeing football preseason stuff always makes me sad because it means baseball season doesn’t have far to go. As wise men say on my favorite podcast, “Boooooooooooo!”
Curt, Vazquez’s nemeses (right? that’s the plural of nemesis?) have always been: High Pressure, Big Inning, Homeruns.
I think he is making improvements here in Atlanta, but I expect that when most any player fails, it will usually be in the way that they typically struggle.
In other words, even if Schafer becomes a good player, his slumps will always involve striking out, etc, etc. When those weaknesses rear their heads, it isn’t always a sign the player is going to fall completely to them. In fact, it’s less troubling than when they struggle in a new way, because the adjustments required are ones that have already been made before.
All the same, I’m putting my hope meter in the yard sale box if these guys don’t win this game. It’s a little comforting that they lost the first games of the series to LA, Philly, and the Mets, but won two of those series, going 9 – 4 during that stretch when you throw in the Arizona & Nats “sweep.”
I am psychotically worried about tonight’s game. Luckily, I won’t have to watch it as I’m taking my 9 year old to his first concert – the Jonas Brothers. He and I will both share dubious first concert experiences. Mine: Shaun Cassidy.
End of 8th…hanging on. Gonzo looking good…Can I just say that ABT fans who are sitting behind the plate during the game know not to play the game “talk on my cellphone to somebody at home and pat my head whenever I am on TV”. I almost called in a Predator strike to take them out…if not for the (very innocent looking) cute girls they would be gone. What about a trap door and a 1-800 number that fans can dial to activate it? We could raise the payroll by 20 million a year…No wonder atlanta fans get a bad rap…