And So It Goes….

What a heartbreaking game. Man….we say that an *awful* lot with Georgia sports, but this one hurts. We say that an awful lot too.

The Atlanta Braves, who had a more spectacular season than the “experts” said they would have, ended their postseason bid tonight in a spectacularly devastating do-or-die Game 5. We died. Some watched while an opposing team celebrated their season progressing to the National League Championship Series. Again.

And I’m not angry. I don’t think Brian Snitker should be fired. Injuries have plagued the Braves in the waning part of the season. The ability to keep players healthy was definitely a concern. I can imagine the loss of setup man Chris Martin before a single relief pitch in the 8th inning of Game 1 had to have cause the team to lose a bit of focus and ultimately the game. Freddie Freeman had been battling a bone spur that, although he insists it didn’t, had to have some affect on his performance.

I’m disappointed. I wish this team could have went all the way. They are fun to watch, and I love seeing their talent on the field and their camraderie. They love the game, they love each other, and they love their fans. I know they are disappointed in themselves for letting us down.

I’m sad. I’m upset. I’m frustrated. I’m disappointed that we are, once again, on the outside looking in. I still love this team. We may have to look at making moves in the off-season for shoring up the bullpen and a solid starting rotation, but I still believe in this team.

There’s always next year (we say that an awful lot too), but there’s a reason why the Braves’ motto this postseason was “Relentless”. I think they will continue to work towards bringing another World Series title back to Georgia.

Pitchers and catchers will report before we know it (Ginny) for spring training next year. Oh, and Bryce Harper and the Phillies didn’t even make it to the postseason, so there’s some satisfaction in that.

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chamblee54
chamblee54

No tomahawks passed out at Braves game after player calls it ‘disrespectful’
In 1982, the Braves were leading their division. Since it was start of football season, and the football bleachers got in the way , they took down the tipi of their mascot, Chief Nocahoma. The Braves lost 19 of their next 21 games, and almost blew their division lead.
Is this a pattern?

Gregs
Gregs

This hurt almost as bad as the Superbowl.

Ginny
Ginny

Big. Heavy. Sigh.

xdog
xdog

Great season for the Braves despite the disappointing finale. People are really calling for Snitker to be fired, like that’s some kind of solution?

Atl needs to convert some of their minor league pitching depth to serviceable MLB arms, either through development or trade, and figure to get Pache and Waters in the OF sooner than later.

augusta52
augusta52

Makes you wonder if Atlanta really has “pro” sports?. The Falcons are 0 for 54 in winning a Super Bowl—even just winning one (I include this season as they clearly are not going to it next winter), the Braves 1 for 54, the Hawks? Nada in 51 seasons. So among the “big 3” teams in Atlanta, 1 championship in 50-odd years. And I guess building new stadiums does not do the trick either. Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when then Falcon team-owner Rankin Smith was “asking” (or rather, “demanding”) for a new stadium, I think it was… Read more »

drjay
drjay

i know we don’t like the nats either, but there is some satisfaction in their being in the nlcs the year after harper leaves…

DrMonicaHenson
DrMonicaHenson

This hurt more than the Super Bowl. It’s so hard to be a sports fan in Atlanta.