Good show guys…no doubt that the two clubs that hurt us the worst in our playoff hunt are the Fish & the Nats. I think we maybe had a .500 record against them in ’08…there’s no excuse IMO for them to get knocked around by either club. I am dissappointed in the Atlanta area fan-base (the floods were awful, I don’t want to minimize that), but the turn out could’ve been a lot better. I agree that next year if we get our big bat then we’ll revive things so much that all the other clubs will hate coming to the TED because the Bravos will be that good, & the fans will be that loud w/ the Tomahawk Chop. The Redbirds are my favourite for the October run…I don’t believe that there’s any other NL team that could stand up to the Yankees. If the Phillies make it again…I hope the Yankees sweep ‘em. I’d like to see the Philthy fans cry again.
I hate that the Yankees handled the Twins so easily tonight. I want nothing to do with Yankees winning the world series. Seriously, I always want the highest paid club in the league to lose. It helps restore my sense of right and fair.
And, regarding Kelly – I agree that while Bobby may truly believe in his heart that you can’t give up on him (and maybe that’s true, like we’ve said, a lot of guys owe their careers to Bobby because he believed in them and nobody else) – there ain’t no way that Kelly is one of the starting 8 on the team next year. No way. Frank will not play the “we’re going to gamble on a bunch of guys and if they all come up big we’ll do fine” game in 2010. I strongly believe he learned his lesson this year.
I know I said differently a few weeks back, but KK will be in the starting 5 next year – bet on it. I’ve read multiple quotes from Wren where they’ve been glowing about his performances, his rising to the occassion in big games, etc. And, the more I think about it, with one of the three (Lowe, JV, Hudson) not being here next year, KK is extremely solid in the 4 or 5 slot. Unless, of course, they think that Medlen can step in and then I’m full of it.
Tcc – I don’t see them platooning Heyward in right when he comes up. He’s the right fielder of the future, when he comes up, he’s here.
I’m going to pray that Heyward does not play here at all next year until the Sept call ups at the earliest. But watch the AZ Fall League. If he plays really well out there and then has a good Spring, I have a bad feeling he is starting here next year as a cheap alternative. I hope they don’t rush him though. Seems like there was another RF we rushed up from AA and that didn’t work out so well.
Bub, I’m not questioning anything about his makeup, his game, his temperament, his skill, whatever. I just don’t want him rushed. I don’t want him to feel like the weight of the team is on his shoulders. One of the reasons Tommy Hanson was able to do what he was doing, beyond the fact that he is awesome, is that he came up having to fill the #5 starter role. Not the ace. Starting in RF is a lot different. I have full faith in Heyward becoming a huge star. I watched Calvin Johnson play at GT and play with class and grace and restraint, despite having Reggie Ball as his QB for 3 years. I think Heyward can be that guy. I just want the team to take the proper approach, not the cheap out.
OBX, hello right back at you. And Curt – I want to echo your sentiment and add to it about Heyward. The guy is 20. If I were writing this last year, he’d be 19. To put it another way, he’s really, really young. Yes, he might be ready. But why rush him? If we get the big bat for left field, we’ve got Diaz in right. It seems like an unnecessary risk.
Steve, I was thinking of Heyward as a mid season call up like Hanson, and then let him platoon with Diaz. That would give him some room to get comfortable without the pressure of everyday. Curt, I agree that much depends on how he does in the AZFL.
End of July I drove up from Asheville to Kodak to see the MS Braves play the TN Smokies. JH and FF had just been called up. Heyward really looked like the proverbial “Man amongst boys” as he went, i think 3/5. Freeman had a good night too, but didn’t look “athletic” enough to be a great 1st sacker. Time will tell.
All in all, I’m really excited about next year. Go Braves!
Dot, I like it! Derek Jeter, Larry Wayne, and a guy named Albert something or other all made their MLD at the age of 21 and never looked back. Does that one little year make that much difference (sorry if that’s a silly chick question but we haven’t had one for a while so you guys were due)? Steve and Curt are both smarter than I am so I’m usually inclined to just grin and nod and act like I agree even when I don’t know what the hell they’re talking about. But if it happened for those guys then why not J. Heyward?