When an article about your team begins with an Eddie Haas anecdote, you know you’ve got troubles.
Two decades after the franchise moved, a gruff ex-Milwaukee outfielder by the name of Eddie Haas was beginning his brief and overmatched tenure as the manager of a very bad 1985 Atlanta Braves team that somehow got off to a 2-0 start in Philadelphia.
For their home opener, the Braves lost to San Diego. After a couple of questions from the media, Haas lost his patience and growled, “Well, you didn’t think we were going 162-0, did you?”
History indicates there’s a fairly good chance these Milwaukee Brewers aren’t going 0-162, either.
Any time Haas’ name comes up, I can’t help but repost one of my favorite quotes ever by a Brave regarding the beleaguered former skipper.
“This is a positive step,” Braves outfielder Claudell Washington said. “For us to win this year, we had to have a three-or four-run lead in the eighth inning. A one- or two-run lead, and he was going to mess it up, I guarantee you that. It’s hard getting up for that every day.
(h/t to NahaGomez for the link, and for reminding us that today marks the 18th anniversary of Mad Dog’s Braves debut — an Opening Day combined shutout of the Lil’ Bears in Wrigley. I remember Harry scolding classless Cubs fans for booing Maddux.)