I had a typical Friday night full of baseball, a tablet, and high hopes. It was very exciting watching the Atlanta Braves leading the New York Mets in the top of the 8th inning. The Mets are one of the hottest teams in baseball along with the Braves. I thought this would be a great victory for the Braves. The bullpen was very affective at closing out games from the 7th inning on. Julio Teheran pitched a classic game allowing only 2 runs over 6 innings. Then the top of the 8th inning arrived.
Walking batters either intentionally or unintentionally late is games is basically allowing teams to have a new life. Bunting runners over and stealing bases is all part of baseball. A very simple games played by children in sandlots. There is no 100% sure way to win every game. If that formula did exist, every game would actually be very boring. Baseball is a game of errors, inches, and almost great plays. All of those words could describe last night’s game. Great teams playing good baseball is what the fans want to see. If you are a true baseball fan, in the end you want to watch a game you will remember for the rest of your life. Was the last night’s game one I will remember when I am in my 60s or 70s? The answer is no.
When Dansby Swanson rushed what looked like a routine double play in the top of the 8th, I was kind of disappointed. Not in Swanson, who is. A fantastic player and potentially the future of the Braves. Besides Freddie Freeman, the only 2 Braves Jerseys I would like to own are Dansby Swanson and Julio Teheran. I have the Freddie Freeman one. My 44th birthday is exactly 2 weeks from today September 10th. When family and close friends ask what I want, a Dansby Swanson Jersey is in my top 3 potential wants. Did a miss play last night change my life, or my desire for a Swanson jersey? No way, if I was looking for perfection I chose the wrong sport to follow and write about. When we look back at all the great players, do we point out errors or dropped fly balls they did not make? Of course not, when I remember the great players from the Braves such as Dale Murphy, Hank Aaron, or Chipper Jones do you focus on that one game where their rookie errors helped to lead a rally by another team?
The New York Mets right now are finding ways to win. If they find even a crease in a door that is not locked shut they can work their fingers in and slowly creak open that door. That’s what great teams do. I’ve been fortunate enough to watch almost every single Braves this year. Thanks to Fox Sports and ESPN, 3 hours of my day are watching a team I love playing a child’s game. Last night’s game was a lot of fun to watch and there was almost a double hit by Freddie Freeman in the top of the 9th inning that went foul by just a matter of inches. A late inning rally did happen with the Braves pulling within 1 run of tying the game. It was not in the mysterious baseball cards last night for the Braves. The good news is that there will be a new deck of playing cards tonight. This deck of cards are full of errors, walks, strike out, and a potentially big play waiting. Tune in tonight baseball fans and watch the magic unfold.