Sep 27, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Chris Johnson (23) celebrates a solo home run with shortstop Andrelton Simmons (19) in the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Postseason Futility and All, the Braves are Still Fun to Follow


Well we are over a week into the offseason. The Cardinals and Dodgers are going at it for the National League pennant while the Braves are sitting at home once again. It’s been a while since the Braves were in the NLCS (2001) and even longer since the World Series (1999). Even so, the Braves give me what I need.

I don’t know what I’d do in the summer if it weren’t for Braves baseball. We are so lucky as Braves fans to follow a winning team – I don’t know what I’d do if they were a perennial loser. The summer of 2006 and 2008 were hard to watch; I did, but it wasn’t as much fun. I really like watching the Braves, a wining franchise from April-September.

Get home from work, nothing on TV, but the Braves are always there.

Sit outside and listen to Jim and Don. Recline in my easy chair and listen to Chip and Joe. It’s great every night.

Hot summer day, nothing to do? Go to the Ted.

The Braves in Atlanta are the summer. Without them I don’t know what I’d do. If they were losers…well I just don’t want to think about something like that. A long winning streak, or even just a 3 or 4 game streak is a ton of fun to watch. Driving home from work knowing you get to watch the red hot Braves is one of the highlights of my summer.

So maybe the Braves didn’t get it done yet again. I wish they would, but I can take it. Really in the end I don’t need the Braves to win in October, what I really need is them to entertain me all summer long.

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  • Jesus

    I grew up with them as perennial losers, winning one pennant in 14 years and bringing up the rear the rest of the way. I loved them all the same. In a strange way, it was easier ,and less disappointing when they stank. Hope is a hell of a buzzkill.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Well I was born in Atlanta, and my dad was toting me to games as a toddler. I, for one, am sick of the day late, dollar short, particularly when it’s unnecessary.

    • Josh Barnhill

      I was like that in the early 2000s, but then when I realized that if they win it all it will not have any affect on my life whatsoever outside of a couple days of excitement about it, then it’s pretty silly to get so wrapped up in it. So I just enjoy it for what it is, a fun ride during the regular season and a chance to see what might happen in October.

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        LOL. It’s not at all about whether it will affect your life. It’s just about being passionate and wanting the team you follow to be successful. Many follow baseball with that sort of passion, and it’s not, as you put it, “silly”.

        • Josh Barnhill

          I am a HUGE fan, but I personally feel it is silly to be so passionate about wanting your favorite team to win it all that it leads to frustration. That is coming from a guy who writes for 3 different sports blogs that cover one team. I think it’s all about priorities, and while I really want the Braves to win for the 3 hours I’m watching the game, I’m able to keep perceptive that it isn’t that important and 10 minutes after the game I’m over it. I’m not saying that I’m better than anyone and I certainly understand and accept others who feel differently, but that is just how I see things.

          • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

            It’s cool. Good to know we can express how we feel and have different levels of passion for a team or the game. It’s this kind of passion that leads us to being a touch pointed sometimes in how we express things. It’s all good man.

  • fireboss

    I grew up with really perennial losers- The Cubs. The Braves decided to get it right and largely have. I don;t mind losing to a superior team playing better baseball if we too are doing it right. What fries my grits is decisions by leadership that make it harder to win; signing Scott Proctor or BJ Upton for twice his value for instance. They are my team and I root for them – even the ones that I don’t think should be there. I keep hoping they get it right next time. The Braves have been to the post season more in my lifetime than the Cubs were in my Dad’s so I’m not complaining… well not too much …

  • Matthew Jones

    As others have stated, I started being a Braves fan right before the great run that this team had. I can actually remember a time when the Braves were truly terrible. That said, it is somewhat frustrating to me that the Braves win seemingly every season but cannot push over the hump to win a title. Perhaps if the playoffs were more like they were in the one level playoffs, but that’s never coming back.

  • Bryan Allen

    While I agree with what was said about the Braves, I disagree about not winning in October.You report to camp in February, start playing in March & then ya break camp & play for real.That’s 8 months right there, only to get to the 9th month & an early exit.And that’s starting to get old.So you bust your ass for 8 months only to WATCH the World Series & not play in it.If I owned that team heads would start to roll.If ya cant do the job, your not gonna have a job to do.Its that simple.Freddie Gonzalez should be fired for not having the balls enough to put Kimbrel in the game.THIS IS THE PLAYOFFS PEOPLE! This is what ya busted your ass all summer to get to.Ya gotta take risks, or you’ll go home.Case in point, the Braves.And I’m a life long Braves fan.Heads need to roll on this one.You can bet your ass it would happen on other teams. Its no longer enough to get to the playoffs.Now ya gotta start winning the damn thing.

    • Josh Barnhill

      I agree with most of your points, this was written from the perspective of being a fan. I am not the one out busting my ass – I’m actually doing the opposite – sitting on the couch eating Oreos or at the game drinking beer.