Lamentation for the Braves

Andruw’s not staying, TBS cedes Braves coverage to Peachtree TV and I don’t feel so good myself.


At least the Mets aren’t in the playoffs.

29 Comments so far

  1. james (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2007 @ 4:05 pm

    over here they are a little happier and i for one join with them :-))))


  2. Chintan (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2007 @ 4:26 pm

    Yes, James….Eamus Catuli!!!

  3. BTI (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2007 @ 4:30 pm

    Wow never seen a cubs fan before, how original. Let me guess, your parents are from Chicago so you worship them instead of rooting for the home team. Or are you just trying to be cool be pretending to be from another city like most people? That said, TBS has totally pissed me off, they drop the braves and they finally got rid of skip after years of trying because he was too closely associated with the braves, like that was a bad thing. They keep his annoying son, cubs fan chip, because they know he’ll play well in that market, which is apparently everyone. Now I can’t even watch the playoffs since I refuse to pay for cable. I long ago quit watching the braves on TV and either listen on the radio or actually go to the game. Good riddance TBS, you won’t be missed by this braves fan!

  4. Chintan (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2007 @ 4:36 pm

    “Wow never seen a cubs fan before, how original. Let me guess, your parents are from Chicago so you worship them instead of rooting for the home team.”

    I grew up rooting for the AL Orioles and adopted the Cubs as my NL team while at the University of Illinois. Did your mom use too much Massengill when you were gestating?

  5. BTI (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2007 @ 4:39 pm

    Eamus Catuli? Not only are cubs fans annoying, they’re also huge nerds.

  6. Some Other Mike (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2007 @ 6:42 pm

    BTI: Go get ’em! Although, isn’t TBS still broadcast locally?

  7. BTI (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2007 @ 7:09 pm

    Local TBS has changed to Peachtree TV. Peachtree TV will not be airing the playoff games, only TBS, so you now have to give all your money to comcast if you wanna watch. The world series will be on fox, possibly the league championship games as well. Meanwhile, I’ll be rooting for a Bartman to make a comeback!

  8. Paulie [eatl/ga] (unregistered) on October 3rd, 2007 @ 8:31 pm

    > At least the Mets aren’t in the playoffs.

    And we (Mets fans) feel the same about the Braves.

  9. james (unregistered) on October 4th, 2007 @ 12:17 am

    wrong and wrong.

    keep guessing….

  10. Kevin (unregistered) on October 4th, 2007 @ 9:03 am

    If they want any shot at signing Tex to a long term contract they had to let go of Andruw. Tex is younger, played less games, is more consistent at the plate, and also a gold glover. While I’ll definitely miss Jones in center, his inconsistency at the place is certainly something I will not miss.

    If the Braves can sign some starters to fill the backend of the rotation and get someone to plug the hole in center I think we’ll have a pretty good team. I just did a rundown of the Braves on my site if you want to check it out; click my name.

    Go Braves in 2008!

  11. Deb A (unregistered) on October 4th, 2007 @ 9:06 am

    I’m happy because neither the Braves nor the Mets are in the playoffs and WE (the Phils) are. :) Nice to be happy about our baseball team for a change. Savoring it while I can.

    BTW, I do think the Braves are doing the right thing by not resigning Andruw. 20 million a year??? The only reason he hustled this year in the field was because Stark called him over rated. Before that he was not trying nearly as hard.

  12. d.ortiz (unregistered) on October 4th, 2007 @ 10:25 am

    BTI: can we put this guy’s picture in the wikipedia entry for “sore loser?”

    Braves: everything that is wrong with the Braves organization can be summed up in the phrase “all you can eat.”

  13. BTI (unregistered) on October 4th, 2007 @ 10:36 am

    Not a sore loser, braves didn’t have the pitching, oh well. Everything wrong with baseball can be summed up with the amount of the Red Sox payroll. Remind me, how are y’all different from the yankees?

  14. John (unregistered) on October 4th, 2007 @ 1:56 pm

    Don’t feed the D. Ortiz!!!

  15. Some Other Mike (unregistered) on October 4th, 2007 @ 10:27 pm

    Ah, the switcheroo, so TBS is cable-only, and baseball won’t return until Halloween for the World Series (on the curse that is Fox).

    And, regarding Andruw vs. Teixeira, I think the main difference between the two is what they do when not striking out 20% of the time.

  16. d.ortiz (unregistered) on October 5th, 2007 @ 2:09 pm

    Damn BTI, is that the best argument you’ve got? At least be original — that’s like moaning about the DH at this point.

    The Braves are have the 2nd highest payroll in their division, yet strangely, they didn’t make the playoffs. Neither did the team with the best payroll in the NL East. You have to go all the way down to #3 to find a division winner.

    Here’s a clue for you: half the teams in the playoffs have payrolls in the bottom half of major league baseball. Two of those are in the bottom 5, and both of them are up 2-0 in the LDS.

    Just how dumb does one have to be to trot that canard out anyway?

  17. d.ortiz (unregistered) on October 5th, 2007 @ 2:18 pm

    P.S.: What’s different about the Sox and the Yanks? 2 games in the win/loss column.

    Some of us enjoy good baseball, and some of us are accountants. Count me in the former group.

  18. BTI (unregistered) on October 5th, 2007 @ 2:33 pm

    Well it may be unoriginal but it’s true that the teams with the two highest payrolls are in the playoffs. The payroll argument is the same one red sox fans use all the time to discredit the yanks. When the braves pickup a star they have to let one go in return, not so with the sox or yanks, and I agree high payrolls are no guarantee of success, but it sure can’t hurt. If payrolls don’t matter, then why don’t the sox grow most of their talent instead of buying it. Also, the rockies have the 25th highest payroll which technically is not in the bottom 5 but your point is taken. Oh and the braves didn’t invent the “all you can eat” seats, they got that idea from the dodgers.

  19. BTI (unregistered) on October 5th, 2007 @ 2:41 pm

    And talk about being original, I don’t see the appeal of cheering for a team that every jerkoff in the country adopts as “their” team and ESPN constantly swoons just to get ratings. Here’s an original idea, root for the home team.

  20. d.ortiz (unregistered) on October 5th, 2007 @ 3:02 pm

    I didn’t say payrolls don’t matter, but the idea that they are all that matters is just laughable. Fact is, the Sox have to spend to compete with the Yanks. Frankly, I don’t see how this is a criticism: you wouldn’t forgo buying a car because the manufacturer spent too much developing it. I for one appreciate the effort that goes into making the Sox a good team.

    And if you honestly believe that the Sox don’t grow talent and just buy everything they want, you haven’t been paying attention — and that goes for the Yanks as well, who have an amazing farm system. In the past few years the Sox have let *lots* of great players go for money reasons. Damon, Millar, Mueller, Garciaparra, Martinez, Lowe, Nixon, Cabrerra — those are just the highlights. And they’ve brought up Pedroia, the probable rookie of the year, Papelbon, Ellsbury, Delcarmen, Youkilis, and a host of others.

    You are vastly oversimplifying a complex situation and larding it with a bunch of ill-informed nonsense in order to justify lame management. The Sox pay $50 mill more than the Braves for their team, but the Braves outspend the Marlins by $59 mill. How can you attack one without attacking the other? Perhaps the *Braves* payroll is indicative of everything that’s wrong with baseball.

    As for all you can eat, it doesn’t really matter to me who dreamed that doozy up, it’s a perfect symbol for what goes on at Turner Field: an inane circus with a baseball sideshow. I can’t imagine how anyone can root for that goofy organization. It’s like pulling for Chuck E. Cheese.

  21. BTI (unregistered) on October 5th, 2007 @ 3:11 pm

    It’s easy to root for a team that plays in a perfect little stadium and everyone likes. I root for the braves in spite of what goes on at turner field, because believe it or not, they’ve played some pretty good baseball over the years. I was a fan when they played at Atlanta stadium before they added all the crap they have today. If it was up to me they’d remove about 15,000 seats, which usually just go to opposing fans, tear down the jumbo tron so I wouldn’t have to watch one more f’n tool race, remove the 755 club and build a subway line to the stadium. Or just change the name to the red sox, since they turn over their roster so often, nobody would notice anyway.

  22. d.ortiz (unregistered) on October 5th, 2007 @ 3:12 pm

    “Here’s an original idea, root for the home team.”

    Gee, uh, I guess it never occurred to you that there are people living in Atlanta that are from other places.

  23. BTI (unregistered) on October 5th, 2007 @ 3:18 pm

    Exactly, so Atlanta is now their home, hence root for the home team.

  24. d.ortiz (unregistered) on October 5th, 2007 @ 3:26 pm

    “Exactly, so Atlanta is now their home, hence root for the home team.”

    That might be the dumbest statement ever made about sports. Just 16 minutes ago you were waving your Braves bona fides at us, and now we find that if you had to move to New York, you’d be be all about the Mets. WTF?

  25. BTI (unregistered) on October 5th, 2007 @ 3:45 pm

    I’d never have to move to new york so it doesn’t matter. Why would I want to move somewhere that I can’t see my favorite teams play pretty much anytime I want. I’d hate to think I moved somewhere that would make me completely miserable like many people in Atlanta claim to be. But for the sake of argument, I’d pull for iraq before I’d pull for the mets because the braves and mets are rivals. If I ended up in another city, say baltimore, I cheer for the orioles. I’d still pull for the braves of course, especially if they came to town. I don’t see why a Boston fan in Atlanta can’t do the same. I’d think any baseball fan would pull for the team in their city because of the chances of witnessing playoff baseball live and in person. With the exception of the last 2 years and ’94, I’ve seen live playoff baseball in Atlanta for 14 years. I think any baseball fan in any city would root for that opportunity.

  26. d.ortiz (unregistered) on October 5th, 2007 @ 4:09 pm

    Man, it’s awfully hard to see your arguments amidst all the straw men. But a few points: 1) I like living in Atlanta: I get to see the Sox three times a year for $15. 2) Postseason games at Turner Field (I’ve been to two) are a lot like mid-June games at Fenway with the Royals or some other third-tier team, except that the Sox usually manage to sell out. 3) It’s hard to think of anything quite so asinine as someone telling other people who to root for.

    This conversation is getting crushingly dull, so feel free to spout the last word, but in closing I’d just like to reiterate one point: The Braves suck.

    Good night and good luck.

  27. atlpaddy (unregistered) on October 5th, 2007 @ 7:43 pm

    D.Ortiz, I have to say I’m always amazed that turds can talk, let alone type on the internet. Just go watch your baby Yankees and STFU.

  28. Dub (unregistered) on October 6th, 2007 @ 11:50 am

    Could be worse. We could be Hawks fans. oO

  29. james (unregistered) on October 6th, 2007 @ 8:15 pm

    frankly I never thought these words would ever grace my keyboard but i find myself in agreement with d.ortiz

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