Update: After 13 innings, the Braves’ epic failure is complete

Brian McCann can't bear to watch. Can't blame him. (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

Brian McCann can't bear to watch. Can't blame him. (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

They’d been portrayed, not without cause, as choking dogs. They finished September having won two of nine series and having watched, numbly if not nimbly, an 8 1/2-game lead go poof. But even a choking dog can have his day, or night, and the 2011 Braves tried to give themselves one Wednesday.

They failed. They failed in the way this entire month had been a failure. They took an 8 1/2-game lead and threw it all away, and by the time they got done losing Game No. 162 they had made us suffer through all the failures that comprised this failed month.

They led 3-1 after three innings and 3-2 after eight, but Game No. 162, like the season itself, lapped into overtime. They hit early, then stopped hitting. They saw a key run thrown out at the plate. In sum, they suffered the kind of wobble that had gotten them into this mess in the first place.

Before Game No. 162, Chipper Jones had noted that the populace seemed ready to box these Braves’ ears. (Or words to that effect.) Attempting a tiny joke, someone suggested such civic outrage only went to show that Atlanta cares. Said Jones: “We care, too. We care more than anybody else.”

Fredi Gonzalez, lately portrayed as a do-nothing manager, cared enough to do something after Tuesday’s ugly loss. He sat his men down and told them he wouldn’t pick any other bunch over this to go out and win a game. Then, being practical, Gonzalez advised his charges to get some sleep and come back ready to play. “It wasn’t Knute Rockne,” he said Wednesday. But then, brightly: “Maybe 50 years from now it will be in a book of great speeches.”

It might not have been Henry V at Agincourt, but it — or something — did the trick. The Braves were loose and supple from the start of Game No. 162, which isn’t easy to do when your constituency stands ready to break out the rotten tomatoes. They had leadoff hits in each of the first five innings. They fell behind in the top of the first but answered in the bottom, and Dan Uggla’s crushed homer off Cole Hamels’ 0-2 fastball untied matters in the third.

And not a moment too soon. Uggla’s ball landed in the bleachers about the time the Cardinals were about to begin their game against 105-loss Houston, and sure enough St. Louis put up a huge early number. (Five first-inning runs on seven first-inning hits against Brett Myers, who like Chipper is an alum of Jacksonville’s Bolles School. Chipper had been hoping for “Bolles mojo.” No go.)

This became the game these Braves had played from April through the August: Tim Hudson gave them 6 1/3 innings textbook innings, and then the once-bulletproof bullpen took the baton. Eric O’Flaherty needed two pitches to induce Shane Victorino to hit into a double play to end the seventh. Jonny Venters walked/plunked the bases loaded in the eighth but struck out Raul Ibanez on three pitches.

Then it was the ninth and the kid closer entered to do as he’d done all season. Instead Craig Kimbrel, who’d blown two saves this month, blew another by slinging the ball around like a bad point guard. He yielded a leadoff single to Placido Polanco, walked the bases loaded, saw Chase Utley drive home the tying run with a fly ball and walked Hunter Pence to boot. The bulletproof bullpen had been hit.

Kimbrel was pulled for Kris Medlen, who in his second appearance in 14 months held the tie and got the Braves through the 10th. The Braves had a chance to win in the bottom of the inning, but Michael Martinez hauled in Chipper’s drive with Michael Bourn aboard. And neither Brooks Conrad, who struck out, nor Martin Prado, who tapped out, could drive home Jason Heyward in the 12th.

To the 13th. Scott Linebrink entered. Ahead 0-2 on Brian Schneider, Linebrink walked him. Chase Utley moved Schneider to third with a two-out single, and Pence brought him home with a broken-bat grounder in the second-base hole.  (”Couldn’t have thrown it out there any better,” Gonzalez said.) Down a run, the Braves were three outs from elimination.

Jones led off against David Herndon and struck out. (The Braves’ at-bats from the ninth on had been little except hero swings, to unheroic avail.) Then Uggla induced a walk. But Freddie Freeman rapped into a 3-6-3 double play, and the season was done. There would be no trip to St. Louis, no 163rd game.

There will, alas, be only an aftertaste that will linger long. The 2011 Cardinals became the second team ever to trail by 8 1/2 games in September and reach the postseason. The 1964 Cardinals, beneficiaries of the infamous Philly Phold, were the first, and that’s the miserable company these Braves will keep.

Dan Uggla gives the Braves the lead in Inning No. 3. (AJC photo by Hyosub Shin)

Dan Uggla gives the Braves the lead. (AJC photo by Hyosub Shin)

They won their 81st game on Sept. 1. They never got to 90. They led by three games with five to play and never won again. They lost their 162nd game to a team that had no real reason to care about winning. They had the lead and the best rookie closer ever on the mound, and they lost. If you want to say they choked, nobody will argue.

The kid closer all but volunteered the cursed C-word. “You have to bottle up emotions and harness them,” Kimbrel said. “I didn’t do that today. September’s the hardest month of the year, and I let my emotions get to me. Things just started to move too fast, and I couldn’t put it together.”

Kimbrel was overthrowing. The hitters were overswinging. “We’ve been swinging really hard for a while,” Jones said. “When a guy’s living two or three inches off the outside corner, that’s not a ball you’re going to hit out of the ballpark.”

To return to Chipper’s assertion of eight hours earlier, these Braves absolutely tried their hardest. They actually tried too hard. But part, maybe even most, of being a champion is the capacity to perform under pressure, and these Braves buckled. There was, contrary to popular belief, no great mismanagement in this game: Fredi G.’s team was in position to win the exact same way it had all summer, except that summer ended and September arrived and the winning ceased.

“It just got a little wild,” Chipper said, speaking of Game No. 162 but actually the whole lost month. When the Cardinals began to close, the Braves were never the same. Even without Jair Jurrjens and Tommy Hanson, this team should have had enough to play into October. It won’t. It won’t because it choked. End of story.

By Mark Bradley

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September 29th, 2011
1:22 am

I blame Fredi…. That guy has no personality and obviously cannot motivate the players. I was at the game: Bourn was great, Chipper is done, McCann was awful, Heyward lost the ball AGAIN in the lights…..this team is just mediocre and proved it at the end of the season. The Phillies have outstanding players and it is so obvious watching them live but I hope they lose


September 29th, 2011
1:22 am

If Gonzalez had any pride he’d resign tonight after a brief apology to Braves fans. But he won’t and so he must be fired immediately. And every one of those stupid, hapless coaches. Not one of them would get another job after this.


September 29th, 2011
1:24 am

Athens dog,, I can only assume that you are feeling so bad that you can only resort to namecalling and excuse making. The Braves suck,, Atlanta sucks and no delusional thoughts or insults can change that. As I stated earlier,, maybe if you fake fans actually attended a game or two your team will be able to spend the money necessary to compete in today’s game. Until then I will forgive your insults as the ramblings of a deluded, let down, to be pitied soul. Just remember, if nothing else,, we are a city of winners and you, sadly are a city of excuse making losers… Goodbye braves,, we never knew ya,,, you choking, whinning bums, and your whinning excuse making fans.,,,,lol… lmao.


September 29th, 2011
1:24 am

Terry Pendelton I’m sorry!!


September 29th, 2011
1:24 am

“Kimbrel was overthrowing.”

I don’t understand. I just don’t understand. Kimbrel, how hard is it to put one right down the middle? If they hit your 98 mph pitch, then so be it, but it is completely unacceptable to walk 2 guys to load the bases in the 9th inning of a must win. Not when you are throwing 98.


September 29th, 2011
1:24 am

This is one offseason that the Braves can’t stand still. Some big roster moves have to be made in order to get fans back to the stadium in 2012. This is the first season I didn’t go to one home game because I felt this roster wasn’t that good. The Braves need to stop relying so much on these rookies in the lineup. No more rookies in the starting nine until 2013. Go out and get a veteran career .300 hitter and trade or cut lowe. I say trade J.J. because this is the second straight year he has been injured when you need him the most. Maybe we can get a bat for him or somebody else. Wren should given up a young pitcher for a Hunter Pence. This playing it safe doesn’t work I’m tired of Philly winning the division. Its time to retake control of the NL East and National League.

Phillies fans worst

September 29th, 2011
1:25 am

Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Phillies 
The Meanest Fans in America
Over the years, Philadelphia fans have booed Santa Claus as well as their own star players. They’ve even booed a guy who just helped the city win a friggin’ World Series title—while he was getting his ring. Boooo!

Admittedly, there are some things fans have cheered. Like Michael Irvin’s career-ending neck injury and a fan being tased on the outfield grass. Things reached their nadir last season, when Citizens Bank Park played host to arguably the most heinous incident in the history of sports: A drunken fan intentionally vomited on an 11-year-old girl.

The truth is this: All told, Philadelphia stadiums house the most monstrous collection of humanity outside of the federal penal system. “Some of these people would boo the crack in the Liberty Bell,” baseball legend Pete Rose once said. More likely, these savages would have thrown the battery that cracked it.

Not my words. Do a search on “worst sports fans” and that article comes up #1.

Najeh Davenpoop

September 29th, 2011
1:26 am

“Najeh Davenpoop – TP sucks also so no apology.”

Not nearly to Parrish’s extent.

The Braves last year were 5th in runs scored, 1st in walks, 1st in OBP in the National League– this despite having dead weight and spare parts like Nate McLouth, Troy Glaus, Melky Cabrera, Rick Ankiel, etc. in the lineup every day. This year they upgraded at 1B, 2B, LF, and (in midseason) CF on paper, and yet they finished 9th in runs scored, 8th in walks, and 14th in OBP in the NL. Yes, Larry Parrish sucks. But TP squeezed a hell of a lot out of a pretty weak roster, on paper, last year. He may not be great but he deserves better than to be remembered as a failure.

Najeh Davenpoop

September 29th, 2011
1:27 am

“Of all the stupid stuff being thrown around in this blog..The worst has to be blaming Parrish for the big choke..Get real folks.”

If not him, then who? Someone has to take responsibility for the fact that the roster was significantly upgraded talent-wise this year and yet finished worse in every offensive statistical category compared to last year. Is that Fredi’s fault? The grounds crew’s? The people running the tool race?


September 29th, 2011
1:28 am

I posted this last night on here and i will say it again, Fire FW,FG,RM, and Larry parrish if we want to make the playoffs next year. To blow a 10 game lead in the final month is unexceptable aand an embarresment. So please Mr. Shierholtz make that happen, and while your at it get some bats for a change. Get rid of Lowe and Jurrjens. Get rid of Martin Prado. I said last year that the season Prado had was a fluke and that i wanted to keep Kelly Johnson. How has that move worked out Frank Wren. KJ has hit 25+ each of the last 2 years.


September 29th, 2011
1:29 am

wild’n…your answer to why we pitched to Pence…Freddi G….period! We could have had Kirk Gibson as I clamored on here last season, but no I’m from K-Town so I ‘m too dumb to know the difference from a leader like Gibby than a follower like Bobby Gonzalez.

Nonetheless, just fuel for the inferno…Julio Teheran never broke a sweat…neither did Beachy who at least can strike people out…sometimes. Thus, the last visions that will dance in my head is everytime Julio takes the mound over the next 10+ yrs…that Freddi chose Linebink to face Pence instead of the organizations #1 stud pitcher with a postseason on the line?!?!? Really….are you freakin’ kiddin’ me???

Crash Davis

September 29th, 2011
1:29 am

9 and 21 … how have we won nine?… It’s a miracle.



September 29th, 2011
1:34 am

The thing that makes me sadder than anything is knowing there will never be another Larry Bowa-type player make it to the major leagues.

My son turned 6 the when the Braves made it to the playoffs in 1991. He doesn’t know what it is like to hope the team does not lose 100 games AGAIN


September 29th, 2011
1:36 am

How embarrassing…

Najeh Davenpoop

September 29th, 2011
1:36 am

“Frenchy in light years ahead of him in every category ………….. but Honkie must go”

Frenchy got four and a half years as a Brave to prove that he was unwilling/unable to make adjustments to MLB pitching. Heyward deserves at least that long, especially in light of the fact that despite having an abysmal year, his OBP this year was still higher than Francoeur’s career OBP. If Heyward at his worst is as good as Francoeur at his average, I’m pretty confident the Braves made the right decision.


September 29th, 2011
1:38 am

Mark – great article, very well stated.


September 29th, 2011
1:40 am

You are right Mark. There are two words that describe this Atlanta Braves 2011 season. EPIC FAIL. Unbelieveable. I don’t know what exactly needs to change. I think this team needs a better hitting coach. I also think it needs better starting players that actually know how to hit with guys on base and not completely choke like so many of the Braves players did ALOT this season. Something also needs to happen with Heyward. Either he needs to see a shrink and/or take some serious batting instruction over the winter to learn how to hit better at the major league level. If Uggla had found his stroke the month of the season and Heyward actually hit somewhere near his rookie season then Braves would have been in a much better situation. I blame 4 people for this Braves team not making the playoffs=1) Jason Heyward for not hitting anywhere near where he should. 2) Derek Lowe for not giving this team a chance to win hardly at all 3) Combo of Sherrill and Linebrink for not being consistent out of the bullpen and last but not least 4) Freddi Gonzalez for mainly not managing the bullpen very well. There were guys that were pitched in games that had no business being out there in those tie or close games Braves played. I also think he over used Venters and Kimbrel. I know people might want to blame the injuries to Hanson and Jurrjens but you really can’t put blame on players that get hurt…it happens.

The Duke

September 29th, 2011
1:41 am

The Braves simply choked. Just such a shame for the team and all it’s fans.


September 29th, 2011
1:41 am

Lets face it guys Francour season was a fluke.But to blame Heyward im absurd.Thats why Atlanta sucks bc of so many clueless fans.


September 29th, 2011
1:42 am

bradley is a d0uche!!

Dash RipRock

September 29th, 2011
1:43 am

A MLB team batting coach is more or less just a staff position With a title to it..What big league millionaire ball player is going to take hitting advice from anyone?..Either you know how to hit or you don’t but since they are in the big show they just keep doing what got them there..Maybe if most of the line up wasn’t trying to hit a homer every at bat the hitting might of been a little better.

frank huff

September 29th, 2011
1:43 am

having retired from atlanta to south florida, i saw plenty of criticism of fredi’s handling of pitching down here near miami. one just hopes that he has not ruined the arms of the two young relievers who were so overused throughout the season. fredi is just like bobby cox, letting his players (batters) hack away on any count. no pitcher had to work hard against the braves. the team did deserve to lose. don’t think I can renew my directtv and watch the braves next year under fredi.


September 29th, 2011
1:44 am

Before you start asking for ownership to spend more money, Braves fans need to put their money where their mouths are and show up! That place is empty during the season. Don’t you think the players notice? They go up to philly and play 3 sold out games in front of an electric crazy crowd and then come home and play in front of empty seats and a loudspeaker playing the FSU fight song!


September 29th, 2011
1:46 am

Never let Bobby Cox onto the field at Turner ever again! Braves went 19-24 after August 12th. The curse continues……

Legend of Len Barker

September 29th, 2011
1:47 am

Well, at least we won’t have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore.


September 29th, 2011
1:48 am

Collapsed – The crowd thing is a bad excuse. It didn’t stop the Rays from winning and playing with heart. Sorry but fans are not the problem. Get a new product in here that does not look like the same thing we have seen past 20 years and the people will come.


September 29th, 2011
1:54 am

You are the one making the excuse. It’s always something! Get a new product and people will come? We never even sold out during the run in ’90s. I’m saying that it would generate revenue so that we can compete payroll wise with teams like Philly for FAs. It’s a joke!

smiffer smith

September 29th, 2011
1:59 am

how can anybody blame to pitchers on a team that’s one of the worst in baseball hitting with runners on base. maybe the pitchers were just freakin tried of trying to carry this team

Bummed in Beantown

September 29th, 2011
2:00 am

How ’bout a “worst of 3″ series with my Red Sox to decide this year’s biggest loser.

Najeh Davenpoop

September 29th, 2011
2:03 am

The “team is losing because fans don’t show up” argument is the dumbest argument in sports. If your local Waffle House had roaches crawling on the floor, you wouldn’t go eat there just so they would get more money and use it to make their establishment roach-free. If your local Home Depot was selling exploding lawn mowers, you wouldn’t go buy one just so the workers there would work harder to ensure that their lawn mowers didn’t explode. Why, in sports, are fans told they should support a substandard product put out by a corporation just out of hope that the owner of the corporation will turn that support into a better product? That idea runs counter to the way every other market works.

Tim L.

September 29th, 2011
2:06 am

Just about everybody ran out of gas – either to over-use, injury, age or long season: Hanson, Jurrjens, Venters, Kimbrel, Lowe, Prado, McCann. Chipper hung in through obvious injuries, but couldn’t pull us through.

Was mostly a really fun season – till last couple weeks. Lots of decisions for next year. Look at all the starting pitching – Hudson, Hanson, Jurrjens, Lowe, Beachy, Medlen, Minor, Delgado – wow. Probably time to move on without Lowe – take whatever anyone would assume ($2-3 million) and trade him. What happened to Prado after the infection? Was McCann playing injuried? Can Heyward bounce back?


September 29th, 2011
2:08 am

Your attitude towards this team is the reason fans don’t show up and support this team. Keep kidding yourself that revenue doesn’t matter. This organization has produced a competitive team year after year and we can sell out our ballpark. If we are going to generate revenue to help pay for FAs, fans need to show up. It’s not why they are losing, you’re missing the point! It’s also an embarrassment!


September 29th, 2011
2:12 am

I think we all deserve a pat on the back tonight.

At least we’re not like Cubs fans.

We know we’re losers. Our team is good but we are ultimately losers and we know it.

Cubs fans simply won’t admit it, that they are the problem. Not the team.

The Braves and their fans are all in the same.

Brooks Conrad lets a ball go through his legs, gets booed and we lose the game. But what happens? The next night people cheer for him.

Cubs fans make a scapegoat out of one of their own and ruin their team’s chances of getting to the World Series.

Any fan base that gets that unruly and turns on itself deserves to spend eternity in misery.

Braves fans know their team will lose but just hope maybe they can avoid it.

We may not have the better team when in comes to the clutch but we’re better people.

Crazy Diamond

September 29th, 2011
2:13 am


But the Braves are not a poor product to watch all season long. 89 wins is not a horrible season. For those who say the Braves stink – I say thet the Astros, Cubs, Pirates, Padres stink. Thank God they’re not my home team. Did I mention the Mets – talk about poor ownership – they make Atlanta Spirit look respectable.


September 29th, 2011
2:14 am

Sooo many people to blame so little time. Here is my short list…

Freddi Gonzalez – Allowed Lowe to keep pitching in September. He allowed Larry Parish to be the hitting coach all year. Manager is held accountable first.
Derek Lowe – Couldnt pitch his way out of a wet paper bag.
Jason Heyward – Couldnt hit out of a paperbag
Alex Gonzalez – Loved his hustle on defense, got to balls most SS couldnt get to. Again couldnt hit water if he fell off a boat.
Dan Uggla – Before the all star break again couldnt hit. Even starting his hot streak a week earlier we are not in the position we are.
Larry Parish – I just gave three reasons why you shouldnt have a job next year. When a quarter of your lineup can not even bat above .250 then please GTFO!
Frank Wren – Handcuffing us with Lowe’s and Kawakami’s contracts that even if we get rid of we would still have to pay the majority of. Signings of Wilson and bringing Diaz back. Bourne was a decent trade but I believe we are 26-27 with him. So really how great of a deal was it?

I’m so sick of everything about this team. O and one more thing Please CHIPPER JONES do not comeback !!!! All you do is sit on the dl all year, or play when you should be on the DL. We need the money from your horrible contract and the roster spot available. Please just retire already!

Kelvin Frazier

September 29th, 2011
2:17 am

Mark, I told you the Braves would get swept by the Phillies. If they couldn’t win a series against the Mets, Marlins, and Nats, there was no way they were going to beat the Phillies. I hate that I along with others were proven right, but I try to be a realist most of the time and the Braves looked like a tired team in September. The bullpen has been overworked, the starters, other than Hudson weren’t giving you much, and the team can’t hit. Jason Heyward looked lost the entire season and now we have to wonder if he will ever live up to the hype. Hunter Pence has looked good since becoming a Philly and one has to wonder if we should have pulled the string on that deal to get him. We sure could have used his bat. Another disappointing season for a franchise that has had plenty of disappointments. I hope this is not a prelude to what the Falcons are going to do, if so, this could be a long, long year.


September 29th, 2011
2:18 am

Crazy diamond.. I would rather loose 100 games a year then get to this point every year and choak on a big donkey penis.


September 29th, 2011
2:21 am

Hey Najeh I bought one of those exploding lawnmowers from Home depot and now sadly I have no a$$…(tears)

Pale Rider

September 29th, 2011
2:23 am


1) Freddie G is out of his league- will make a good bench coach one day- since when do pitchers bat 8th in a major league line-up?
2) $24 Million a year for a Uggla and Lowe is about $23 million too much
3) $15 Million will get you 75 games from Chipper in his Hall of Fame finale next year- hope its worth it. Sometimes the best way to help a team is to retire and coach. “Greed is good?” That’s so “80’s”
4) Only one player on the team batted over .280 (FF), but will he have a Heyward sophomore season?
5) No 20 game winners in Braves rotation- not even close
6) Lowe earned about $1.6 MILLION per win this year
7) Uggla struck out 1 out of every 5 times a smoking .233 BA and (never good in the clutch)
8) Uggla committed 15 errors- lead the league in errors by a 2B
9) 21 players in MLB hit 30 homers or more in regular season- 18 of those players had more RBI’s than Uggla- 12 had more than 100RBI- Uggla ended with 82. Hit or miss, I guess.
10) Freeman & Heyward cost us less than $1 million combined this year- as compared to the high flyers, their return on investment is pretty solid.
11) Bourne PLAYS like he wants to win
12) Why exactly is McLouth getting $7 million- he plays half the games- so game-per-game, he is the 2nd highest paid Brave with a 3-year batting average of .249 and average games played of about 85 per season. That’s Chipper “heyday” money.
13) It was a nice night for baseball in Atlanta. The fans were there and the chop was “in the house”.

FINAL ANALYSIS: Braves Management failed miserably and let our city down this year. Even if we had beaten the Phillies tonight (a series sweep with the playoffs on the line) it would have prolonged the agony of losing (again) in the first round of the playoffs.

Keep McCann, Freeman, Heyward, Hudson, Jurjenns, Chipper (hitting coach- save $14 million-or make whoever extended his contract through 2012 pay the difference) and three of the best young pitchers- clear the rest for 2012 and pay the money to get the best product on the field. If not, you’ll see more Philly fans than Braves fans in the seats for the season-ending series.

Atlanta- we got what we deserved this season- our team is owned by a media company- whose interest is return on TV contracts, sponsorships and hot dog sales. They forgot about the hard core Atlanta fans and winning.

Gwinnett Braves anyone?

Jerry Royster eating peanuts in the dugout

September 29th, 2011
2:25 am

There is a sadness tonight. Not just because the Braves lost but to me baseball season is over. I don’t really care about the other teams. So when Freeman slammed his helmet down after out three tonight, it was over. Now another long winter and hopes of 2012 in Orlando.


September 29th, 2011
2:27 am

Larry Parrish was a Phillie if I remember… oh well,,, lets face it… Phills were a stronger team this year. Braves should make Chipper a player/hitting coach and fire Parrish. release Lowe as he’s washed up. Sorry but it happens to us all Lowe. the new speed is impressive. Prado moves to 3rd and Constanza to outfield as regular. oh yeah,,, I get a free season pass for this advise. u can bet some had bags pack and on planes to hawaii by now.

Dash RipRock

September 29th, 2011
2:41 am

Did the 1927 Yankees have a Batting Coach?..Did Hack Wilson have a Batting Coach in 1930 when he hit 56 homers and had 191 RBI’s?..Uh I don’t think so and you morons that keep blaming Parrish for this choke job don’t know anything about the Game..You just think a batting coach teaches these guys how to hit or something..Wise up fellers.


September 29th, 2011
2:47 am

yeah the braves choked and yeah the do not belong in the postseason, but the had a lot of rookies this year, and it showed late can anybody remember last year when all the injuries it hurt us late same story the yankess and phills can plug a vet in when someone gets hurt the braves can not but look on yhe bright side …… we are not the cubs


September 29th, 2011
2:52 am

what the f!!!!!I i MAKE 20 BUCKS AN HOUR, I could be fired for not producing. these guys make 20 grand a game. loooooooserssss, I bet there home now sying did my paycheck show up yet,


September 29th, 2011
2:59 am

Hey Bradley, how come you never publish my vents? They’re not THAT obscene…

Charlie Liebrandt

September 29th, 2011
3:08 am

Some silly comments here about attendance and Bobby Cox. Tampa has a horrible ballpark and terrible attendace, but that didn’t seem to keep them from overcoming a 7-run deficit to win a game they had to win. Boston sells out every game yet they find themselves in the same position as the Braves.

We have now seen the same result from two different managers. And if there are people here who say that this team was hungry, motivated and aggressive under Bobby Cox – they need to review some post game performances from many past seasons.

This team has always seemed to lack heart – and a leader. And when a leader figure emerged (David Justice), the next thing you know, they are shipped off because Bobby didn’t want anyone challenging him in the clubhouse.

The issues with this team are fundamental and if this “epic” collapse isn’t enough to motivate the powers-to-be to address it, there will be no need to wring your hands in future years because this team will not contend.


September 29th, 2011
3:21 am

Look at it this way Braves fans…at least you spared yourselves the embarressment of not selling out a post-season game. Too bad you didn’t have Bobby ’slap-a-ho’ Cox there to will you to another win so you could lose in the playoffs for the 15th time out of 16 tries (or whatever the numbers are).


September 29th, 2011
3:49 am



September 29th, 2011
3:55 am

Actually the Phillies had much to play for.. their victory gave them the all-time franchise record for victories and their skipper because the ballclub’s all-time winningist manager. That’s why the Phillies kept playing hard and never gave up. The Braves are a good ballclub, but they are not great and they are inferior to the Phillies. The 13game margin in the standings proves it.

Weather Channel Expert

September 29th, 2011
4:02 am

Time to watch the Falcons collapse.