Remembering the day I was a cocky Braves fan

“Congratulations on winning the Series,” my USC classmate, a Yankees fan, told me 17 years ago tonight.

The Braves, behind Mad Dog and Wohlers, had just shut out the Yankees  to take a 2-0 series lead with three games to follow at Fulco. It was the last time I felt complete confidence that my team was the best in the sport.

How could you not feel cocky? Counting the last two games of the NLCS, the Braves had outscored opponents 34-2. Not only did we have the best pitching in baseball, we had the game’s next young star,19-year-old Andruw Jones, who homered twice the night before.

Needless to say the Braves haven’t won a World Series game since. If you had told me that 17 years ago I would’ve laughed in your face.

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6 Comments on Remembering the day I was a cocky Braves fan

  1. After Andruw hit that second home run, I recall lying on my back on my neighbor’s couch, kicking my feet in the air with joy. I thought the Braves would win that World Series and maybe the next three or four.

  2. pepefreeus // October 21, 2013 at 5:14 pm //

    I was still okay until the middle of Game 4 when Neagle’s pitch count started mounting.

  3. RJR Squeeze // October 21, 2013 at 8:59 pm //

    Mark Bradley cursed our franchise between games 2 and 3. He said, in his column of drivel, that the 1927 Yankees could not beat the 1996 Braves.

    Thanks asshole. I honestly believe the hex was out in place with that piece of shit journalism.

  4. Not sure about the ’27 Yanks, but the ’96 Braves did seem invincible. Maddux, at 30, was the oldest of the Big 3, while Chipper, Andruw, Klesko, Javy and Jermaine Dye were all 25 or under.

  5. roadrunner48 // October 22, 2013 at 7:56 am //

    I was OK until Dye collided with the umpire while chasing Jeter’s fly ball.

  6. Game 2 happened near the end of a week in Hawaii for me. I flew back to Japan confident the Braves were on their way to victory, only to land and learn that the nightmare has begun.

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