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25 Sep

Rest in Peace, Jose Fernandez. You left us too soon. (by coop)

To an Athlete Dying Young
By A. E. Housman

The time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market-place;
Man and boy stood cheering by,
And home we brought you shoulder-high.

Today, the road all runners come,
Shoulder-high we bring you home,
And set you at your threshold down,
Townsman of a stiller town.

Smart lad, to slip betimes away
From fields where glory does not stay,
And early though the laurel grows
It withers quicker than the rose.

Eyes the shady night has shut
Cannot see the record cut,
And silence sounds no worse than cheers
After earth has stopped the ears.

Now you will not swell the rout
Of lads that wore their honours out,
Runners whom renown outran
And the name died before the man.

So set, before its echoes fade,
The fleet foot on the sill of shade,
And hold to the low lintel up
The still-defended challenge-cup.

And round that early-laurelled head
Will flock to gaze the strengthless dead,
And find unwithered on its curls
The garland briefer than a girl’s.

We’re all day to day. Enjoy now.

24 Sep

Atlanta 3, Pure Evil 2

70 and 92 or Bust!

Do you think Snit has a life-sized picture of John Malone and takes off a piece of clothing for every win?

21 Sep

Braves 4, Mets 3

After the start to a season that made 100 losses feel inevitable, some wins are more fun than others. This seemed like a loss before it started. Bartolo Colon for the Mets, but Ryan Weber for the Braves. Weber didn’t do anything to erase the fears as he gave up a 2-run homer to Asdrubel Cabrera in the second. Another homer, this time by Rene Rivera, made it 3-0, but the Braves came back as they have been able to do often in the second half of this year. Backup catcher Anthony Recker hit a screaming liner for an opposite field home run, and Matt Kemp then tied it up with a sac fly in the 8th.

But after Brandon Cunniff, inexplicably, started his second inning of work, the Braves made big plays. Kemp, in the bumbling, stumbling way that only he knows, robbed, it appears, Yoenis Cespedes of a home run, keeping a ball in play that seemed to be leaving the yard.

In the 9th, Jace Peterson led off with a single. After Dansby Swanson was knocked to the ground by a brush-back pitch, he hung in there for a sac bunt. Emilio Bonifacio, surprisingly, moved Peterson to third on a flare single to left, and our man Ender Inciarte tapped a grounder past the pitcher to score the go-ahead run. In the bottom of the 9th, Jim Johnson struggled. A single to Brandon Nimmo and Travis d’Arnaud brought Cespedes back to the plate. This time, he hit a ball that was undoubtedly destined to the leave the yard, but Inciarte pulled off a game-ending, home-run robbing catch that had shades of Otis Nixon’€™s Catch against the Pirates.

Ender’s Catch

What a game!

21 Sep

Braves 5, Mets 4

Julio Teheran did not have his best stuff, but he made what he did have count. An RBI double to Asdrubal Cabrera in the 3rd was all the damage the Mets could muster against him. He only recorded one strikeout on the night, but he also only allowed five hits. He retired 15 of his last 16 batters and put his team in an excellent position to win.

For the first five innings the Braves offense could get nothing going to help out their pitcher. Then a mini offensive explosion in the 6th and 7th reversed the tide and gave the team just enough runs to win.

Inciarte and Garcia singled with one out in the 6th, and Freddie walked to load the bases. Kemp followed with an RBI blooper to center field, which the Mets defenders conveniently watched drop between them. Markakis then coaxed a bases loaded walk for the second run of the game, but that was all the Braves could muster that inning.

Even though they had a one-run lead, the Braves offense did not go into hibernation mode. Swanson led off the 7th with a base hit, and Inciarte followed a Teheran strikeout with another base hit of his own. Garcia then hit a no-doubter into the left center field stands to put the Braves up 5-1.

The Braves ended up needing every one of those runs, when Jose Ramirez relieved Teheran in the 8th and had to be relieved himself after giving up two runs and only recording two outs. His third run came around to score after he left the game, but the Mets comeback stopped there, and the Braves eked out the 5-4 win.

Of note on the evening, Freddie’s on-base streak has now reached 40 games, and his hitting streak now stands at 24. Kemp’s 6th inning RBI puts him at 100 RBI for the season. He’s done a lot better in a Braves uniform this season than I originally expected him to.

This offensive wave the Braves have been on recently has been fun to watch. As wretched as this season has been, it has had its enjoyable moments that have saved it from being a total loss, and a win like this against the Mets on my birthday goes a long way in my book toward redeeming the season as a whole. I have an almost affectionate opinion of this team at the moment.

Let’s keep playing spoiler. It’s kind of fun.

20 Sep

Seven: Braves 7, Mets 3

[our movie reference is to a grisly murder mystery. The murders are based off of the 7 cardinal or deadly sins espoused by the medieval Roman Catholic Church. We won’t add in the two “lost sins,” or go deep into that, but there is a parallel.]

The Braves entered this one on what appeared to be the short end of the pitching matchup. Noah Syndergaard is known by the mythical name “Thor.” Aaron Blair had not had a really good start at the Major League level all year. In fact the pitching matchup maybe caused some ENVY.And the Snit led Braves sometimes win with those kinds of odds. We can no longer assume “Of course we lose.” Well, the Braves did the hammering.

Thor shut down the Braves in the first. But Aaron matched him. In the second, Nick Markakis singled by bouncing one off of Thor to Rivera. We will call that play SLOTH. Tyler Flowers and Jace Peterson walked, thus bringing up Dansby Swanson. Well he singled, but only one got in. Then, Blair popped up, but Ender Inciarte singled to bring home another. A quick 2 to zero lead.

After a first inning walk, Blair went straight through the Mets through the Mets until the bottom of the fourth. Meanwhile, the Braves got a solo home run from Freddie Freeman in the 3rd and Hugs drove in 2 more in the top of the 4th. After Kemp got a single, Thor was done in favor of our old farm hand Sean Gilmartin who stopped the train wreck. In the bottom half, Blair gave up a two run homer to T. J. Rivera. So at end of 4, still comfortably ahead Braves 5, Mets 2.

The Mets Fans expressed their ANGER by beginning to trail out gradually over the next few innings. Not exactly what they came to see.

We all have PRIDE that Blair got a two run Quality Start by making it through 6. Then, Mauricio Cabrera came in and went through an inning with one hit and no strikeouts.

In the top of the 7th, the Braves went all in for GLUTTONY. Freeman, Flowers, and Peterson got on and Dansby drove the first two in. Thus 7 to 2 after 6 1/2. Mets fans’ ANGER really got going now.

Jose Ramirez looked a little shaky in the 8th, but no runs. Jim Johnson gave up a leadoff double by James Loney, but that was all.

I LUST for a team that can do this regularly. Maybe next year. . . .

18 Sep

Braves 6, Nationals 2 (by coop)

The Atlanta Braves defeated the Washington Nationals 6-2 on this soggy Sunday to win the final Turner Field Series against their hated rivals.

The Braves scored first in the second on an RBI single by Jace Peterson, then extended their lead to 3-0 in the fourth. Jace walked, then scored on Dansby Swanson’s double over Bryce Harper’s head. Dansby then scored on Adonis Garcia’s single, the first of three runs Adonis drove in on the day.

Matt Wisler pitched five and two-thirds shutout innings before Trea Turner’s triple and Jayson Werth’s double ended his scoreless streak. Then the rains came. After a one hour, seven minute delay, Werth scored the second run, which was also charged to Wisler. That cut the Braves margin to 3-2 afterfive and a half.

The Braves bats boomed in the sixth. Dansby walked, Emilio Bonifacio singled, and both moved up on Ender Inciarte’s sacrifice bunt. Adonis singled in both runners, then scored himself on Freddie Freeman’s 40th double of the season. After six complete, Braves led 6-2.

Shae Simmons had a 1-2-3 seventh; and with Rio Ruiz due to debut as a pinch hitter for Simmons, the rains came again. The field was a quagmire, both teams had flights to catch, but Cowboy Joe West decided the game should continue. What an anal sphincter that crew chief is.

Even assholes relent. The game was called. Braves win.

17 Sep

Braves 7, Natinals 3

“Braves take rare victory over Nationals, 7-3,” went the AP headline. That’s a real blow, considering how we owned them in 2013-2014, say, with a 24-14 record and that satisfying consternation when a team knows that another team has their number. As a matter of fact, entering 2016, the Braves’ record against the Washington baseball squad was 101-101.

This year, counting today, it is 3-15. That’s what makes it rare, I guess. Ugh.

Anyway, we won because Gio Gonzalez coughed up a bunch of runs as per usual, and Josh Collmenter managed to keep the score manageable, despite throwing an 84-mile-an-hour fastball that all but wore a Kick Me sign.

Ender Inciarte went 3-4 and is now batting .293. He’s really good.

17 Sep

Washington 7, Atlanta 2

Chase Utley : Darth Vader :: Trea Turner :

A) Kylo Ren

B) Darth Maul

C) Emperor Palpatine

D) Darth Sidious

E) Jar-Jar Binks


16 Sep

Happy Birthday, Gordon Beckham!

But please stay on the bench.

15 Sep

Fish 7, Barves 5

Recap prepared by: Rob Cope
Date: September 14, 2016

The Atlanta Braves lost to the Florida Marlins today by a score of 7-5. Young starting pitcher Julio Teheran showed flashes of brilliance but ultimately had 2 innings of allowing more than 1 run, and did not make it out of the 5th inning. The offense did well with Matt Kemp contributing multiple RBIs, and Nick Markakis hit a home run. Because of the short outing by the starting pitcher, five relievers were used. Two relievers gave up important runs.

Additional notes:

A benches-clearing ruckus ensued after some beanball wars erupted in the game. Jose Fernandez, Atlanta’€™s most cherished opponent, hit Markakis after Teheran hit Martin Prado in the previous inning. Nick had also hit a home run earlier in the game. Jose Ramirez then dusted Fernandez off the plate in the 7th with a high-and-tight fastball. Ramirez knew he did it, and started walking towards Fernandez. Fernandez started walking towards Ramirez, and Flowers got in his way and yelled at him. The benches cleared, and while nothing happened, it was nice to see some fight to the team. Flowers got in Fernandez’s face, and Freeman and Jace got in front of Ramirez yelling at Fernandez. Eddie Perez and Inciarte also got really heated too. I would love to see a rivalry between Fernandez and the Braves for the next decade. It’s just good television, and it was great to see the Barves€™ having each other’s backs.

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