The streak is over. Last night, the Mets eliminated the Braves for the first time since I was in high school. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long. The Braves were so bad during my adolescence, I still haven’t gotten over it. This leads me to wonder, how does a Braves fans cope with no hope of the post-season? As a kid I used to follow Dale Murphy in the home rune race and pick other teams to follow. In reality, the Braves have been out of the playoffs for two months; that’s when I gave up on the team. I cringed each time the Braves made trades. While Bob Wickman turned his season around and improved the Braves, the team has just flushed $2 million (or more, based on incentives for innings pitched) down the toilet. It’s OK for fans to have false hopes, but not the front office.
The good news is that I think the team can be competitive next year if it can bring in a few arms. Giles will be moved. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Adam LaRoche go either: Chipper has to go to first, and LaRoche’s value couldn’t be higher. Wait ’til next year!