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…

Pride of the Yankees

Mariano Rivera: Class act.  As part of his last lap around baseball stadiums, Rivera is doing a “farewell tour.” It’s not like the Cher farewell tour, where people pay 100 bucks to come bask in celebrity. It’s Rivera talking to people behind the scenes in each park — the stadium employees, the grounds crew, the…

20 years ago, the Bravos signed the best pitcher we’ll ever see

“This one hurts,” said Gene Michael, the general manager of the Yankees, who did manage to trade for Jim Abbott on Sunday. “He’s the best one out there. I never thought I could say this. But he’s a steal at $28 million. He’s a steal.” Needless to say, Stick was right. I remember where I…

No to Nick Swisher

The Braves are among six teams pursuing Nick Swisher at a starting price of three years and $11-to-$13 million per, reports Jon Heyman. I wouldn’t pay that, and I suspect he’ll get more. Stat geeks will pillory me for this, but here’s why I’m wary of Swisher, 32 on Opening Day: 1.) He would be…