Open thread, 6.22, #Braves vs. two years ago

The Bravos today at noon go after their first seven-game winning streak since June 2014. They won 9 straight then, as A. Harang (above) got the win in the last triumph of the skein. Also notable: the club is 15-18 under Snitker, after going 9-28 under Fredi.

Is it because of Snitker? Certainly it’s not all his doing, but he clearly hasn’t hurt. Hot streaks from Freddie and Peterson have surely helped, along with better relief pitching and defense. Over the past five games, the Braves have made one error and the pen has allowed no earned runs. Withrow has been good since returning from the DL in late May. Outside of one disastrous appearance–six runs allowed vs. the little bears on June 12–he’s stacked up a dozen scoreless outings.

As for today, it’ll be intriguing to see if John Gant pitches well again. It would be a pleasant surprise indeed if he emerges as a decent starter. The lineup:

Peterson, Inciarte, Freddie, Francoeur, Markakis, Flowers, d’Arnaud, Aybar, Gant.

 

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3 comments

  1. Enjoy your posts daily, but after a recent trip to Atlanta to see a game, I totally understand why they are moving. I come from six hours away, I always purchase a parking pass, and the experience at the ol’ ballyard is just fine – the ticket-takers, ushers and vendors were all nice, friendly and interact with customers, and there is always plenty of before-the-game entertainment, from the Braves Hall of Fame to the auction in the Henry Aaron room.

    The problem is the surroundings of the stadium. Our trusty GPS took us straight there from I20, but we had to go through so much blight and decay, it looked like a Walking Dead set. Then when we were leaving, the authorities made us go a specific route that took us through neighborhoods that I would never want to be during the day, much less at night. Getting back onto the correct Interstate is confusing as all get-out – GPS or not – and there’s nowhere to grab a bite and talk about the game.

    Every one of the fans we talked to at the games – at least a dozen – said they were looking forward to the new stadium – for almost all of them, it will be a lot closer to their homes. As much as I hated giving up Fulco – that’s where my boyhood memories are – losing the Ted doesn’t really register on the emotional scale. It seemed like a nice, but run-of-the-mill, placeholder ballpark from the get-go.

  2. BravesFan1, thanks for reading and commenting. I hear what you’re saying. I think for a lot of fans like us who live in the city of Atlanta, the frustration we feel about the move is multifaceted. First off, while there are no doubt frustrations for an out-of-town fan, most of us locals have figured out easy routes in and out of the Ted and places, which aren’t adjacent to the yard, to go before and after games. So by itself it is bothersome that the team is moving out of the city of Atlanta. The Atlanta Braves on the jersey should mean something.

    But perhaps more insulting is the way it’s all been handled. On the part of Liberty Media and even the local representatives of the Braves organization, there has been little visible regard for the city and the team’s history in the city. They’ve hardly paused to say thanks for the 50 years here. They’ve been less than candid about pretty much all aspects of the move. One quick example: A team exec said publicly that it takes something like 10 minutes to drive from Turner Field to SunTrust Park. That is preposterous.

    The whole move is founded on a secret deal with a thin-skinned, apparently corrupt, or at least ethically challenged, suburban politician. I understand a big real estate deal requires some secrecy. And it’s not the Braves organization’s fault the Cobb County Commission chairman is handing them $350 million in taxpayers’ money. But the whole thing is unseemly. Now, since money they were promised would fund local parks is being given to a multibillion-dollar conglomerate from Colorado, Cobb residents will have to pay higher taxes if they want their new parks.

    If Liberty gave the slightest damn about metro Atlanta as a community, the company would not want the Braves tarred with this kind of shabby dealing. Sadly, this shabbiness is Liberty’s standard MO. The Braves’ ownership has made a habit of conniving taxpayer-funded stadium deals from local governments. A lot of pro sports organizations do it, but the Braves have unfortunately been widely labeled as the worst, and the charge appears to be merited.

    I could go on. But suffice it to say it’s painful being put in the position of despising the Braves’ organization–which has always and still views the Braves as simply a line item on a corporate balance sheet — while still cheering the actual team. I compartmentalize. I don’t cheer for the suits. I cheer for the players, and the players have nothing to do with any of these sorry shenanigans.

    Anyway, please keep reading. And I hope this explains some of our bitterness about the move to Cobb County.

  3. Baseball teams don’t become culturally iconic by changing venues every 20 years. That’s what bothers me about the move; it establishes that the current ownership is only in it for the short term and nothing else. And it also extinguishes the name of the only owner the franchise ever had who gave a damn.

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