Recalling another winter of discontent
I think we all agree this offseason has generally sucked, as we’ve watched the Braves stand pat and learned that the local nine’s descent into small marketdom has been assured by the bean counters at TimeWarner.
But the winter of 2003-’04 was pretty glum, too — a preview of the malaise to come.
In a span of four days in December the Braves said goodbye to Greg Maddux and Adam Wainwright and hello to John Thomson and J.D. Drew.
Two years later Wainwright was closing for the world champion Cards, Just Disabled was looking to opt out of his Dodgers contract and JT was finishing his last season as a Brave. He won 2 games, lost 7 and didn’t seem to give a shit.
Payroll constraints, coupled with uncharacteristic shortsightedness by JS, cost the Braves dearly as the decade wore down. FW, at least, has not been myopic this offseason.