(Updated: 10:45 p.m.)
Maybe the analogy Fredi Gonzalez chose was a little dated, but the context still translates clearly in 2011.
“You look at the back of the bubble-gum cards and you see the [career] numbers by these guys and you think, ‘It can still happen,’” the Braves’ manager said Wednesday night.
Back in the day, I didn’t have the patience to wait. So my seven Matty Alou baseball cards — I chewed a lot of bad gum, hoping to land a Willie Davis or a Bill Freehan, always getting an Alou brother — ended up clicking in my bicycle spokes if he was hitting .258 in May.
The Braves don’t have that option. (With the cards maybe, but not the players. They’re under contract.)
Right now, they are an average team. After dropping the first two games of the San Diego series, they salvaged one against the Padres on Wednesday night, winning 4-3 behind the strong pitching of Tommy Hanson and the