The Braves are staring 10 losses in a row right in the face.
I don’t think the Braves were destined to win a game in St. Louis. On a day when Albert Pujols was taking a breather, the Braves had arguably their best pitcher going. It was a win-win? Not so fast, my friend. One two out, 3 run home run that bounced off the foul pole and a pulled hamstring later, the game was over really before it got started.
This is a dark spot on the Braves franchise. The Braves have seen some very dark times.
The Braves send out stud Tommy Hanson tonight, but that hardly means anything anymore. I am hoping the Braves lose one more tonight before they turn it around, so on the ESPN standings column that says “Last 10”, you’ll see 0-10.
It is said that there are 5 stages of grief. I believe I have gone through them all sufficiently over the two weeks, and have moved on to the final acceptance stage.
Here is my thought process during each of the five stages when it comes to the Braves:
1. Denial: “The Braves offense can’t be as bad as this,” I would often think to myself. “I mean, they have been no hit by a hard throwing up and comer. The Braves had clutch hitting when it counted late in the game, so it’s not so bad. Roy Halladay is the best in the business. The Phillies are just good. ”
2. Anger: “Why isn’t Yunel Escobar running out a close ground ball harder? Four errors in one game? Why is Yunel not tagging up? Chipper is hurt again? Come on! Why does Bobby Cox feel it necessary to pull out his starters when they get in a little bit of trouble? I mean Hudson is pitching a gem. Don’t you think the ace of the staff has earned the right to get himself out of a jam? Who would be better to get out of a pinch: former All-Star Hudson or Peter Moylan? Oh my, Peter Moylan just gave up the tying run. See! Unbelievable. Only Frank Wren could find a way to mess this up.”
3. Bargaining: “Ok, look, I know I was angry and I am sorry. Listen, if the team gets it turned around, I promise I will not say mean things about Frank Wren anymore.”
4. Depression: “Why am I watching this? I know what is going to happen. This 3 run lead won’t last. It physically pains me to sit here and watch this. What is the bother anymore?”
5. Acceptance: “Well the Braves just suck. Let’s face it: they are a mismanaged franchise that makes poor personnel decisions. How long until football starts, so I can go through this process all over again?”