The nadir

No matter how depressing this offseason has been, it could be worse, as this walk down memory lane reminds us.

The Braves. losers of three straight, were 38-74 entering play on Aug. 10, 1988. A crowd of 6,070 turned out on one crazy summer night to watch Rick Mahler battle Andy Hawkins.

A three-run homer by Murph gave the Braves a 3-1 advantage in the 3rd. The lead held until the 9th when, as you’d expect, the roof caved in. After a Tony Gwynn single, Andres Thomas booted a grounder by Keith Moreland to put the tying runner on base. Marvell Wynne bunted the runners over to 2nd and 3rd with one out. Mahler then coaxed a grounder from Benito Santiago but unfortunately it was hit to Thomas, who committed his second error of the inning.

The Braves still led by 1 and, following a strikeout of Randy Ready, were just one out away from victory. Mahler did his part, getting Garry Templeton to ground softly to first. Guess what happened next.

The third error of the inning, by Gerald Perry, tied the game at three.

It would stay that way for six innings. German Jimenez allowed two runs in the top of the 16th but the Braves battled back, scoring one and putting the tying run on third with Thomas coming to bat. Appropriately, he recorded the final out, dropping the Braves 25.5 games out of first.

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7 comments

  1. I am afraid you possess a cruel streak. All those memories, repressed no more.

  2. Good ‘ol Andres Thomas, the only Brave I’ve ever booed. And that fielding display was typical Rick Mahler luck.

  3. Ah, those halcyon days of access to the empty seats in any section unimpeded by the ushers, toting multiple draughts of questionable quality.

  4. I used to love finding an Andres Thomas baseball card when I opened a new pack. Every other Brave I slipped in to a protective sleeve immediately and kept them. Thomas’ cards were enthusiastically ripped apart and thrown away.

  5. the German Jimenez project,,,,, yes he was whisked into the show from the Mexican majors mid season. I live here in hockey country and he always reminds me of back in the mid 80’s almost from the same time period the NHL maple leafs had a guy from Russia and he was a good player , he then convinced the leafs to bring his “just as good brother from Russia to play in the NHL” I think something got lost in translation as after the leafs helped him defect (paid huge $$$ at the time). It took about 3 minutes to realize he was not an NHL player but a real bad rec hockey player. Typical leafs and braves in the day , kept putting him out their until finally had to pull the plug on Big German and Miro Inachak

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