Sometimes I scare myself: The Braves ALMOST get no-hit

Freddie F. thwarts Josh J. (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

Freddie F. thwarts Josh J. (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

I play along with the notion that I’m the world’s biggest jinx because it’s kind of fun and it does no harm. But sometimes something happens to make me wonder:

Am I the world’s biggest jinx?

One of those somethings happened, or almost happened, Wednesday night. I was trying to program my daughter’s new flat-screen HDTV — this is a shout-out to those who’ve lampooned the state of the Bradley televisions — and I flipped past the Braves’ game. I noticed they had no hits. Whenever I flipped back, I noticed they still had no hits and didn’t appear capable of mustering one. And what had I written just the other day?

Hey, they haven’t been no-hit yet!

I dithered for an inning or so before finally deciding: If Josh Johnson does complete the feat, I should probably be there to write about it. (And maybe to take a cut of his kudos, having obviously aided and abetted in my capacity as Mr. Jinx.) So I got in the car.

I drove out of the neighborhood. The bottom of the eighth commenced. Alex Gonzalez tapped back to Johnson. (In the time I’d been watching, I hadn’t seen the Braves hit the ball out of the infield.) Freddie Freeman was next. He’d looked awful his previous at-bat. I figured, “No chance he breaks this up.”

He broke it up. Hit a double. I’d jinxed my own bit of jinxing. Is that even possible?

I turned around and went home. And I’ll try hard to say nothing of no-hitters for the foreseeable future. I’m starting to creep myself out.

By Mark Bradley

131 comments Add your comment

Denver Brave

April 14th, 2011
9:50 am

err… we’re creeped out, too

chewyandrw

April 14th, 2011
9:52 am

Bradley is a stud.

Dink

April 14th, 2011
9:56 am

Johnson pitched a heck of a game, nasty slider. Mark, who ya think had the best slider? I remember when David Cone had it going he was tough!

Dawgdad (The Original)

April 14th, 2011
9:58 am

Yeah, Freeman swung late and served one over third, just like that hitting fool Tom Glavine used to do about 30 times a year.

GovClintonTyree

April 14th, 2011
9:59 am

I think we just have to tip our caps.

juvenal

April 14th, 2011
10:03 am

Yunel Asscobar

April 14th, 2011
10:03 am

Uh Mark – there IS an weird connection between what you write and what occurs. Here’s what I’m thinking…write an article today, picking the Braves last in the NL East, out of the playoffs. While you’re at it, do the same in the AL for the Red Sox. Dude, they need everything you can bring to the table. Finally, don’t say anything around your daughter along these lines, “You know, that’s the best HDTV a person could ever have; I bet it will last a lifetime.” You know what I’m saying. Just play it safe and avoid the topic.

Athens Mike

April 14th, 2011
10:08 am

Just keep jinxing your jinxes and maybe something will turn around eventually.

Paul H

April 14th, 2011
10:12 am

Offense has got to get it going

DawginLex

April 14th, 2011
10:12 am

another famous Bradley quote ;ast year before football season:

“Something tells me that Georgia football is about to get real good”

DawginLex

April 14th, 2011
10:13 am

Mark Bradley

April 14th, 2011
10:14 am

Steve Carlton had a slider, Dink.

404

April 14th, 2011
10:18 am

Bradley:

Still waiting for ANYONE from the AJC’s Sports reporting team to interview Cecil Netwton, and the the CFO from his Newnan church, Ms. Bobbie Blandburg to explain…WHERE…the money for the church repairs came from.

Afterall, we already have the church’s CFO, Ms. Bobbie Blandburg, quoted in the NYTimes stating that she has no idea WHERE the money came from or how they were able to pay for the mandated repairs.

So, the CFO has no idea. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

My guess is, the AJC doesnt want to know or ask, because pressure is being applied
to the AJC Sports department NOT TO ASK. How else do you explain the AJC’s glaring complacency on this?

Why? I offer up the real reason:

Becasue when the truth of the money trail is revealed it will lead directly back to Auburn.

And that will surely mean a near “Death Penalty” for Auburn football.

So, back to the point and question: Why hasnt the AJC done more on the LOCAL topic.

Bradley, sometimes you scare me. However, you dont surprise me.

AJC = Atlanta’s Journalism Complacency

what of it?

April 14th, 2011
10:23 am

Is this supposed to be a column?

Will

April 14th, 2011
10:24 am

The Braves really stink so far.

oldmike

April 14th, 2011
10:27 am

wouldn’t it be nice to have the season begin with the Bravos hitting the cover off the ball? not gonna happen this year. drop the fish and nats from our schedule, please!!! they kill us. it’s a long season, too early to panic but still it’s not too early to get a feeling of “do I want to invest any emotion in rooting for this team”? the season is feeling like the Groundhog Day movie. haven’t we seen this all before. i pine for the days when we spent in the upper tiers of MLB. money sure has a way of making you relevant. witness the phillies.

Dawg A

April 14th, 2011
10:30 am

Are the Braves hitters not responding to the new hitting coach? Or is is just too early in the season to know? What’s your take Mark?

jfreak13713

April 14th, 2011
10:32 am

Braves got No hit laster year and still went on to have a good season. So I’m still not too worried but hope they don’t get too far behind too early. Hudson look awful but he isn’t superman so I’ll give him 1 bad game! LOL

Get today’s game and you win the series and thats a good start. Braves have had long road trip followed by the pitching staffs of: Philly, Florida, Dodgers, Giants and end with the Padres! I’m not sure of their schedule the rest of the way but if they can get through April with no real big injuries (excluding JJ) and are at or just above .500 I think they will be fine.

I like seeing them being tested by really good pitching staffs early so they can work through whatever issues they may have and will hopefully be in playoff form heading into and out of the Allstar break.

Mark Bradley

April 14th, 2011
10:33 am

Got no-hit in 2004, too. (Randy Johnson threw a perfect game.) Won the division.

Mark Bradley

April 14th, 2011
10:34 am

Too soon to tell, Dawg A.

Herschel Talker

April 14th, 2011
10:38 am

MB:

So under this same premise, are we going to get your usual “Mark Richt can really coach” column?

FIRE MARK RICHT

HT

Herschel Talker

April 14th, 2011
10:40 am

MB:

Please gIve us your thought on Fredi batting McLouth 2nd and Heyward 6th?

HT

Drake

April 14th, 2011
10:42 am

Yeah mb who’s in next to last place? The braves. You try so hard to make people believe but crap is crap. This team cant hit and wont hit. They are a bunch of sissys. They will have a good game once a week and follow it with that crap last night. Another series lost today.
Marlins 4 braves 2

Mark Bradley

April 14th, 2011
10:43 am

I’d prefer McLouth hitting eighth, if not 11th

PMC

April 14th, 2011
10:43 am

sadly no you’re not the worlds biggest jinx Mark. This Braves team is a pretty good canidate to get no hit at anytime.

Weren’t they no hit twice last April? It’s baseball so they get hot and cold, but our lineups in this town consistently lack the punch of the more interesting teams.

That said, I’m not really worried about it. They’ll rebound because they have a good club and a solid lineup…. I’m just never suprised when they can’t hit a lick.

DawginLex

April 14th, 2011
10:44 am

HT,

I have asked you this before but you have never given me an answer.

Do you really want Richt fired now?

Bring in a new staff right now?

Do you really think about things like timing/effect on the program etc when you post your same stuff?

If you want a new staff hired in now, you are seriously warped.

He has to coach 2011 and be given a chance to fix things. If he goes 6-6 again, you get your wish.

Justin

April 14th, 2011
10:44 am

Same crappy offense as last year. MB still thinks he can paint a turn gold and sell it. Braves lose another series and move to last place this week.

jerry

April 14th, 2011
10:44 am

No jinx. They ain’t exactly Murderers Row.

Justin

April 14th, 2011
10:45 am

Turd, not turn

Mark Bradley

April 14th, 2011
10:45 am

No-hit only once last season. In the 11th game. They were almost no-hit this season in the 12th game.

Hakky

April 14th, 2011
10:49 am

That dan ugly sure was a great pick up

DawginLex

April 14th, 2011
10:49 am

This team will never challenge the Phils or even make the playoffs unless they go get a CF who can hit.

Joycee Banicheck

April 14th, 2011
10:52 am

Mclouth hitting .220 in the 2 hole. He just flat out sucks.

Kyle

April 14th, 2011
10:53 am

Yunel E leads the AL in batting with a .438 average and is 72 points higher than the next person.

Ron

April 14th, 2011
10:54 am

Braves 26/30 in hitting.

extremus

April 14th, 2011
10:56 am

Howsabout declaring the Braves will NEVER win another World Series, Mr. Bradley? Somehow I could see that working out VERY nicely for Braves fans. Oh, and don’t forget the Falcons!

Curious George

April 14th, 2011
10:57 am

Mark, how soon will it be before we start seeing consistent “FIRE FREDI GONZALEZ!” messages on this blog?

Frank "Wrong Again" Wren

April 14th, 2011
11:10 am

Dear Kansas City Royals,

What would need from us in order to take that Ned Yost off your hands?

Joycee Banicheck

April 14th, 2011
11:10 am

Dare I suggest that maybe TP should help out with the hitting instructions? Can’t believe I just said that…

Herschel Talker

April 14th, 2011
11:13 am

DawginLex:

No, I don’t want him fired now. It’s too late at this point, you are correct. We’ll have to do it after the season.

HT

Herschel Talker

April 14th, 2011
11:16 am

MB:

McLouth has looked better this year, I think 11th is a bit harsh at this point.

HT

JASon

April 14th, 2011
11:20 am

“The batting order that was supposed to be armor-plated includes Nate McLouth”

I’m still laughing about this brilliant quote. Thanks. No, I mean it, thanks.

Joycee Banicheck

April 14th, 2011
11:21 am

Herschel, a turd that looks better than a previous one is still a turd.

Joycee Banicheck

April 14th, 2011
11:22 am

Actually that is a great nickname for him, maybe some fans can dress up like turds out in the upper deck right filed. They could be “Nate’s Upper Deckers”

Larvell Blanks

April 14th, 2011
11:27 am

Dan Uggla = Bust

Curious George

April 14th, 2011
11:29 am

Would the Kansas City Royals possible entertain offers from us for a Ned Yost trade?

PLEASE????

Jerry Seinfeld

April 14th, 2011
11:29 am

Looking at the Braves face down on the floor, pants around the ankles mumbling ‘Josh Johnson”……”And you want to be my Division Winner……”

reebok

April 14th, 2011
11:39 am

the braves are not only bad this year, they are boring. they don’t play with any more fire or passion now than they did when they were ‘managed’ by bobby cox. someone whoucl remind these guys that a loss in april counts just as much as a loss in august, because they seem to feel that there’s no sense trying much right now.

hank

April 14th, 2011
11:43 am

OK let’s put this thing to work. Write a column where the economy can’t possible improve, the hawks, braves, falcons, bulldogs have no shot at winning a title and the bees become national champs.

While your at it include the Middle East, Oil, and the environment.

Heck for a really wild chance say there is no way Georgia’s schools could be nationally ranked in the top 10. And just for kicks no way a sports writer for the ajc could win a pulitzer; or whatever award there is.

coach13

April 14th, 2011
11:51 am

Anybody see the ESPN article calling for Heyward to be moved out of the 6th hole?? I agree completely. Not to mention that Freeman, as a rookie, is going to have a tough time hitting in front of the pitcher all season. If he was hitting 7th he would at least have the comfort of having a a legit ML bat behind him to help him out a little.