The Braves

I’m a pretty big Atlanta Braves fan. I have been ever since I was a little kid growing up Warner Robins and watching the Braves with my grandmother. My favorite player is and was Dale Murphy (can someone out there PLEASE get the ball rolling on a “Get Murphy in the Hall of Fame” rally in the ATL?).

I was a little irked this season when Gary Sheffield went to the Yankees. Now I’m catching up on all my sports new since I’m back and I see that he’s got some shoulder problems and he’s even talking about retiring.

Maybe it wasn’t such a bad thing after all?

10 Comments so far

  1. Daniel (unregistered) on August 12th, 2004 @ 2:04 pm

    I agree with Murphy in the Hall. You know that he led the majors two consecutive years in homers and received the MVP both of those years. The only other person to do that was Roger Maris. Who is also NOT in the Hall.

    Plus with getting J.D. in place of Gary we’ve picked up a huge amount of enthusiasm and practically matched the offensive output… still, we lost those Sheff’s Chefs…

  2. Dave (unregistered) on August 12th, 2004 @ 2:11 pm

    You know, you’re right – I think that JD isn’t such a bad guy after all. Initially I wasn’t a JD fan and then the whole “playing injured/scared/whining/whatever you want to call it” incident happened. But since then he’s been pretty strong. Good point!

  3. Steve Huff (unregistered) on August 12th, 2004 @ 2:15 pm

    David-it’s off the topic of your entry, but when were you growing up in WR? Did you go to Warner Robins High? E-mail me.

  4. Michael Darpino (unregistered) on August 13th, 2004 @ 2:55 am

    I’m grew up in New Jersey but Dale was always my favorite. He went to the Phillies right while I was in my little kid baseball obsession days. So I got to see a ton of games with him. Dale was the man on the Braves and he lent diginity to the Phillies. Let’s get him in the Hall!

  5. Jessica (unregistered) on August 13th, 2004 @ 11:30 am

    I miss Tom Glavine, still.

    And Smoltzie’s an ass. An admirable player, but an ass.

  6. chuck (unregistered) on August 13th, 2004 @ 4:27 pm

    I’ve been a Braves fan for a long time, too (since Bobby Cox’s first managing gig here in the late 1970s), but for some reason Murphy never appealed to me quite as much as Bob Horner did. I think Murphy was too “perfect,” perhaps.

    I’m becoming exciting about this year’s team, and Drew has been a pleasant surprise. Like Jessica, I think Smoltzie’s an ass.

  7. chuck (unregistered) on August 13th, 2004 @ 4:29 pm

    BTW, I was sorry to hear about Glavine’s cab accident the other day–hope he’s recuperating nicely from the whole thing.

  8. Ian (unregistered) on August 13th, 2004 @ 4:45 pm

    After reading this I had to go and look at my Dale Murphy rookie card sitting next to a signed baseball I got at his ranch. Man I hope he makes it to the Hall of Fame too.

  9. Daniel (unregistered) on August 13th, 2004 @ 5:03 pm

    Murph was my favorite player growing up and I was pretty sad to see him leave (luckily, my grief was removed by us winning the pennant the next year), but I got to be there for the his first game in Atlanta as a Phillie. I remember giving him something like a five minute standing ovation his first at-bat. It was great.

    BTW, I clicked on through to Jessica’s page and saw that her 26th birthday is one day before my 25th. Hooray for August b-days!

  10. Jessica (unregistered) on August 16th, 2004 @ 1:06 pm

    Oh, the cab thing made me SO sad! Modern dentistry being what it is, though, he should be back to normal soon.

    Also I tend to live by the maxim that you can never wreck in an NYC cab. This, is, obviously, false.

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