cliff, the 43rd Baron de Clare spoke this at 9:00 a.m. GMT today before the House of Lords:
“Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves, that if the Braves Dynasty Rebuild shall last again for fourteen years, men will still say, ‘This was their Finest Day.'”
Good offense: check.
Good pitching: check.
Good baserunning: check.
Impact on a pennant race: check. Gained a whole game on the Phillies and a game and a half on the gNats. Gained a game and a half on the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, and Brewers in prospective wildcard standings.
Good news on the player development / rebuild front: check. Touki Toussaint isn’t quite great, but he is already more than workable and likely to continue to improve. Acuna Matata should be renamed by granting to him an altered version of the moniker of the patron saint of Bravesdom: Bad Ronald. Johan Camargo is a middle class man’s version of Young Chipper. Chad Sobotka can sling it, hard. The Polish Prince gave up 1 and WENT 8 INNINGS. All hail the Prince.
Yes, the Fish are not a good team. But good teams are supposed to beat bad teams. The team of April has returned and seeks to bring its vengeance on the naysayers and the nattering nabobs of negativism.
And just imagine the shutdown pitching when we get to September 1. Just win, baby.