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05 Oct

One-Game Playoff Game Thread: Cardinals vs. Braves

I’ve been on this earth for 28 years, and the Braves have made it to the playoffs 16 times. I’m a lucky guy. Those of you who started rooting for the Braves before I was born had a much tougher row to hoe. I think I probably took the playoffs for granted in the early 2000s, when it seemed like we had the division title as our birthright but could never get past the Division Series. Now I don’t take it for granted.

Neither did these guys.

524 Responses to “One-Game Playoff Game Thread: Cardinals vs. Braves”

  1. 1
    Mike N. Says:

    I am excited.

  2. 2
    ububba Says:

    Rick Camp, Roger Mudd & Bob Horner’s classic short stroke (at 2:12)–1982 was a helluva crazy-fun year.

  3. 3
    DJ Says:

    Who backs up Simmons? Pastornicky!?!? Maybe not Brooks Conrad 2.0, but it’s close to Brooks Conrad 1.5.

  4. 4
    JonathanF Says:

    That was great, AAR. Just great for us old farts. I moved up north permanently from Atlanta in 1978 and the Superstation arrived just in time. And how great to hear Skip. I was psyched before… now I’m psyched and nostalgic.

  5. 5
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Me too, Jonathan.

    In the past decade, we’ve said goodbye to so many old stalwarts.

    2002: Tom Glavine
    2003: Greg Maddux
    2005: Leo Mazzone
    2007: Andruw Jones
    2007: John Schuerholz
    2008: Skip Caray
    2008: John Smoltz
    2008: Pete Van Wieren
    2011: Bobby Cox
    2012: Mac Thomason
    2012: Chipper Jones

    Let’s win this damn game.

  6. 6
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    In my personal opinion, all eleven of them belong in the Hall of Fame.

  7. 7
    ububba Says:

    If we win today, Game 1 of the NLDS at Turner Field (vs Washington) is Sunday at 3 pm.

    Game 2 would be Monday at 4:30 pm.

  8. 8
    JonathanF Says:

    Yeah… who was that guy who came back for 13 starts in 2008 claiming to be Tom Glavine? He looked some old Met castoff or something.

  9. 9
    JonathanF Says:

    And didn’t Cox actually leave in 2010? 2011 was the year the Braves decided to go without a manager at all… at least in September.

  10. 10
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Oh, er, uh, yeah. 2010.

  11. 11
    Brian J. Says:

    9- Oh, I wish. I’m sure Chipper and Tim could have put together the lineup and run the pitching staff well enough to hold on. Good thing Fredlot has a learning curve. Sort of.

  12. 12
    ralphdibny Says:

    I was nine years old in 1982, and that Atlanta Braves team was my first true love. Sure, my heart was broken, but I don’t blame them. To this day, and for the rest of my life, I will hate, with the intensity of a thousand suns, the mother-fu@king St. Louis Cardinals.

  13. 13
    MikeM Says:

    Buried in an interesting article on hitting coaches at Fangraphs is this nugget about Francoeur:

    “For Francoeur specifically, jump to about the 11-minute mark when they start discussing Francoeur. Seitzer says that once Francoeur started hitting behind Billy Butler, he got frustrated because he knew that Butler couldn’t take the extra base or whatever, so he started swinging harder to try and drive him in. That threw Francoeur’s swing off or something and just made the slump worse. I am not making this up. There is more good stuff, like something about Seitzer saying he asked Francoeur if it would help if he hit Frenchy in the head with a bat or something. I guess, deep down, Seitzer is just like every other 2012 Royals fan.”

  14. 14
    Timo Says:

    Damn, I am excited!

  15. 15
    Mark Grogan Says:

    I was looking at Francoeur’s career stats earlier today. They are mind boggling. I feel so bad for Dan Ford. Everyone must think he was as bad as Frenchy.

  16. 16
    Brian J. Says:

    15- I feel bad for Billy Butler. According to Baseball-Reference’s Fan EloRater, people think Francoeur is a better player than Butler, even though Butler has three more WAR (9.5 to 6.6) in a shorter career.

  17. 17
    justhank Says:

    Really trying hard to enjoy the moment.

    Nope. I’m in High Fret and will stay there ’til it’s over.
    —————-

    Btw, did y’all know that when Medlen was a freshman in HS he was 5’1″ and weighed 97 pounds?

  18. 18
    Sam Hutcheson Says:

    Nope. I’m in High Fret and will stay there ’til it’s over.

    Relax. The Orioles are starting Nate McLouth in left for their game tonight.

  19. 19
    Sam Hutcheson Says:

    The depth chart at SS goes Simmons > Prado > Pastornicky. This is why Fredi went with Hinske (LF) instead of Francisco (3B.)

  20. 20
    Ray Says:

    Just glad that LaRussa isn’t there to manage circles around Fredi. He would love this game with the special one-day rosters.

  21. 21
    Tomas Says:

    Doesn’t Baker play LF too? I’m pretty sure I remember seeing him out there at least. In a battle of non-hitters I think I’d honestly rather have him in left than Hinske.

  22. 22
    JoeyT Says:

    Yeah, phone broadcast started. It’s on.

  23. 23
    JoeyT Says:

    Three pitch strikeout. Nice start.

  24. 24
    DowneasterJC Says:

    1 down, 26 to go.

  25. 25
    Adam R Says:

    Holliday didn’t try to get out of the way.

  26. 26
    JoeyT Says:

    And there goes the perfect game. Good job, Medlen. Geez.

  27. 27
    Timo Says:

    Good inning, Medlen!

  28. 28
    kc Says:

    Great start. Nothing eventful!!! Medlen looks cool!

  29. 29
    Dan Says:

    Would love to see the Braves make this a laugher over the Cardinals.

  30. 30
    Adam R Says:

    Boy, Craig looks like me out there.

  31. 31
    Brian J. Says:

    JASON! WHAT A CATCH!

  32. 32
    Adam R Says:

    Phew

  33. 33
    Tomas Says:

    Wow!

  34. 34
    JoeyT Says:

    One for the highlight reel. Nice.

  35. 35
    James Says:

    Wish this game wasnt blacked out, sounded like a great catch.

  36. 36
    JoeyT Says:

    Yeah, as far as MLB knows, I’m watching this from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

  37. 37
    Ray Says:

    Nah, Jason made it look much more difficult than it was

  38. 38
    Stu Says:

    How is Kyle Lohse striking this many Braves out?

  39. 39
    Dan Says:

    Come on, Lohse isn’t supposed to be some kind of big strikeout pitcher…

  40. 40
    Ben Says:

    Am I stupid or is the camera angle different than the FSS broadcasts?

  41. 41
    Brian J. Says:

    ROSS IS BOSS!

  42. 42
    Bethany Says:

    GOOOH MY GOD

  43. 43
    Dan Says:

    ROSS!

  44. 44
    Tomas Says:

    Boss. David Boss!

  45. 45
    Dan Says:

    Brian who?

  46. 46
    JoeCraigMcMurtry Says:

    He threw him the same pitch!

  47. 47
    JoeyT Says:

    Awesome. Thanks for the timeout.

  48. 48
    Ray Says:

    Hm, quite a decent decision of Fredi to start Ross…

  49. 49
    kc Says:

    I LOVE FREDI!!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. 50
    c. shorter Says:

    ROSS!

  51. 51
    Stu Says:

    DAVID F. ROSS!!!!!!!!

    FREDI F. GONZALEZ!!!!!!!

  52. 52
    JoeCraigMcMurtry Says:

    Huge!

  53. 53
    Timo Says:

    Fredi, you genius!

  54. 54
    braves14 Says:

    DAVID ROSS

  55. 55
    CoronitaKing Says:

    Game on everyone

  56. 56
    Timo Says:

    David Ross. The best catcher in postseason baseball.

  57. 57
    CoronitaKing Says:

    We heard that shot from 5 time zones away!!

  58. 58
    Dix Says:

    It’ll be better when McCann hits a pinch hit homer later

  59. 59
    meavery Says:

    Ross!!! Awesome! Gotta get on a plane now; time to put my trust in Medlen and the bullpen. :-)

  60. 60
    Johnny Says:

    ROSSY!

  61. 61
    kc Says:

    Very important shut down inning after scoring.

  62. 62
    JoeCraigMcMurtry Says:

    Med Dog! Carving! I fucking love this guy.

  63. 63
    DG Says:

    1/3 of the way. Would love to see more runs.

  64. 64
    JoeyT Says:

    Bunting with a .300 hitter.

  65. 65
    fm Says:

    “Fredi Gonzalez” is trending on Twitter.

  66. 66
    Askia Says:

    And it’s not “Fredi Gonzalez fired” which was everyone’s wish at the start of the season.

  67. 67
    Dan Says:

    LARRY!!

  68. 68
    Stu Says:

    Ugh, Chipper.

    And I think Martin was bunting on his own.

  69. 69
    Tomas Says:

    G’damn

  70. 70
    Bethany Says:

    Freaking hell, Chipper.

  71. 71
    Brian J. Says:

    Oh, Chipper. Turning into Brooks Conrad is not the way to go out.

  72. 72
    Adam M Says:

    Medlen falling behind now. Uh-oh.

  73. 73
    c. shorter Says:

    ugly

  74. 74
    SouthernFried Says:

    And Medlen is not getting ahead of these hitters.

  75. 75
    Dan Says:

    Chipper probably just cost the Braves this game.

  76. 76
    Bethany Says:

    If we lose this game I’m blaming it on Chipper. I mean, that’s back breaking. Double play ball turning into runners on the corners, no outs. Dammit.

  77. 77
    Brian J. Says:

    This is why we’re carrying three starters, right?

  78. 78
    Stu Says:

    Turning two outs into none is often not optimal.

  79. 79
    Putter Says:

    @74 well, maybe they should go ahead and play the last 6 innings just in case

  80. 80
    Ray Says:

    This is not going well…

  81. 81
    Adam M Says:

    Medlen actually hasn’t looked sharp.

  82. 82
    Dan Says:

    2-0 after this inning is now, at least, 3-2 after this inning. Thanks Chipper.

  83. 83
    Bethany Says:

    @80 Doesn’t change the fact that there’s 0 runs instead of three this inning without Chipper’s mistake.

  84. 84
    Adam R Says:

    What a shitty way to go out. We’ve got to pick him up.

  85. 85
    JoeCraigMcMurtry Says:

    Medlen has looked fine. Chipper just cost him three runs.

  86. 86
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Anyone else experiencing weird sound on TBS? And also, that inning didn’t look right.

  87. 87
    braves14 Says:

    What a catastrophic error.

  88. 88
    Landogarner Says:

    What the heck just happened? I hope Chipper does something to get back the lead. I can’t imagine ending a career by costing your team their only chance at the playoffs.

  89. 89
    Stu Says:

    Why was Bourn so out of position to make a decent throw? Did he know there was only one out?

  90. 90
    Dan Says:

    Seriously, that play is going to be a big part of Chipper’s legacy unless something happens.

  91. 91
    Bethany Says:

    Ross is going to have to win the game himself.

  92. 92
    Brian J. Says:

    Ross finds a new way to be boss.

  93. 93
    JoeyT Says:

    That is the most hilarious moment of the game. The slowest guy on the team with a bunt single.

  94. 94
    Stu Says:

    I am truly, madly, deeply in love with David Ross.

  95. 95
    Adam R Says:

    Rossy making pancakes out there.

  96. 96
    Brian J. Says:

    ABE!!

  97. 97
    Landogarner Says:

    Oh Rossy, I love you.

  98. 98
    Adam R Says:

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA

  99. 99
    JoeyT Says:

    Wat? Interference? Wat?

  100. 100
    Bethany Says:

    Knew that was going to happen, it was blatant.

  101. 101
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Why is Simmons bunting anyway??

  102. 102
    Brian J. Says:

    WTF?!?!?!

  103. 103
    Stu Says:

    Andrelton, WTF?

  104. 104
    JoeyT Says:

    Oh, it’s a good call. Crap.

  105. 105
    Tom Says:

    What else can go wrong?

  106. 106
    Stu Says:

    Should pinch-hit for Medlen, here.

    …if we had any half-decent left-handed hitting options, anyway.

  107. 107
    Dan Says:

    Why the hell was he bunting?

  108. 108
    Bethany Says:

    Why in the world was he bunting?

  109. 109
    Tom Says:

    That was our chance to get back into it right there!

  110. 110
    Adam R Says:

    We’re just giving away outs.

  111. 111
    Brian J. Says:

    Braves 2, Brain Sprains 4. At least.

  112. 112
    Askia Says:

    Agree with pinch hitting for Medlen here. It’s a one game playoff, you throw out everybody when you have a scoring chance.

  113. 113
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Extremely stupid baseball.

  114. 114
    Stu Says:

    That may be the single dumbest decision I’ve ever seen a baseball player make.

  115. 115
    Grst Says:

    Why the hell is Simmons bunting?? FFS

  116. 116
    kc Says:

    Simmons Simmons Simmons…..

  117. 117
    Dan Says:

    Was Simmons thinking Medlen was supposed to drive ‘em in?

  118. 118
    Landogarner Says:

    Well I just went from screaming jubilation to quite sobbing in record time.

  119. 119
    Bethany Says:

    We’re toast.

  120. 120
    Adam M Says:

    Braves self-destructing. Not sure I agree with letting Medlen hit there either.

  121. 121
    Dan Says:

    September 2011 condensed into one game.

  122. 122
    Putter Says:

    Stupid play and a good call

  123. 123
    Adam M Says:

    Maybe someone missed a sign and Simmons thought it was a squeeze.

  124. 124
    Trace Says:

    Son of a bitch.

  125. 125
    ryan c Says:

    Holy hell in a hand basket! I am now dumber because of Andelton Simmons.

  126. 126
    Stu Says:

    There’s still plenty of time.

    But seeing brain-dead play is not encouraging.

  127. 127
    SouthernFried Says:

    I think Simmons fell in love with Ross.

  128. 128
    ububba Says:

    Dumb, but there’s plenty of time to come back.

  129. 129
    Dan Says:

    So Fredi told Simmons to squeeze, according to Gonzalez himself.

  130. 130
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Fredi make the bunt call. Of course.

  131. 131
    Timo Says:

    So… Fredi put that squeeze on earlier. Really, Fredi?! WTF.

  132. 132
    Stu Says:

    Did Fredi really call a safety squeeze, or is he just covering for his young shortstop?

  133. 133
    Shawn Says:

    Announcers just said Fredi called that bunt with Simmons. Why? What the hell is he thinking bunting in front of the pitcher?

  134. 134
    Brian J. Says:

    And thus Fredi undoes all the progress he made this season.

  135. 135
    Adam M Says:

    Told y’all. Frediot is back!

  136. 136
    Landogarner Says:

    Announcer just said Freddi called a safety squeeze on the Simmons play. Wasn’t Simmons fault.

  137. 137
    SouthernFried Says:

    I hope Fredi is taking the heat for now.

  138. 138
    Kyle B. Says:

    Awesome

  139. 139
    Dan Says:

    Bad time for the return of Frediot…

  140. 140
    Putter Says:

    So now that I know Fredi called the safety squeeze, I am more annoyed but far less surprised

  141. 141
    Bethany Says:

    Freddie wasn’t running. I think Simmons did it on his own and Fredi is covering.

  142. 142
    Bethany Says:

    The call would make absolutely no sense if you don’t do it to score a run, and Freeman wasn’t going.

  143. 143
    kc Says:

    Let’s get that run back guys.

  144. 144
    ububba Says:

    #140
    On a safety squeeze, the runner waits to see where the bunt goes before he fully breaks for the plate.

  145. 145
    Trace Says:

    I think Fredi is just protecting his player.

  146. 146
    Adam M Says:

    The question remain: why would Simmons bunt if not for a squeeze? There isn’t even a dumb reason to bunt on your own.

  147. 147
    Bethany Says:

    @143 You wouldn’t call a safety squeeze with a guy as slow as Freeman at third.

  148. 148
    Ray Says:

    Why in the world would you call a squeeze here, with the pitcher coming up and Simmons having enough speed to beat out a double play !?!?! I take everything good back that I ever said about Fredi

  149. 149
    kc Says:

    @140 That’s exactly what I think.

  150. 150
    Stu Says:

    Out-hitting them 5-2 and down by a run.

    :(

  151. 151
    Grst Says:

    I don’t think Simmons did that on his own, but he knew he put down a bad one that Freddie couldn’t run on, so swerved into the lane hoping to make something happen.

  152. 152
    Stu Says:

    Kellogg’s strike zone is rather inconsistent.

  153. 153
    JoeCraigMcMurtry Says:

    Right, so you guys think Simmons is more likely to be an idiot than Fredi?

  154. 154
    Bethany Says:

    How many things can go wrong in this game?

  155. 155
    Ray Says:

    Damn, Braves get no breaks

  156. 156
    Bethany Says:

    @152 Do I think a rookie kid in his first playoff game is more likely than a manager to make a dumb decision in game? Of course.

  157. 157
    Adam M Says:

    I think Fredi called a squeeze.

  158. 158
    Brian J. Says:

    152- “A manager,” yes, but this is Fredlot.

  159. 159
    RobBroad4th Says:

    So long optimism.

  160. 160
    SC Says:

    @ 155 Do I think a rookie kid in his first playoff game is more likely than *Fredi Gonzales* to make a dumb decision in game? Ehhhhhhh……

  161. 161
    JoeCraigMcMurtry Says:

    Bethany, this is Fredi’s first postseason game too. And he has already proven that he is an idiot.

  162. 162
    Bethany Says:

    Whatever. The same lot of you were praising him less than 24 hours ago. The idea that Fredi called the bunt makes zero sense, but it does make sense for a kid to mimic the strategy of the guy who hit before him.

  163. 163
    Brian J. Says:

    Well, this wasn’t a bad season.

  164. 164
    Bethany Says:

    And there goes any hope.

  165. 165
    Tom Says:

    Well, too bad.

  166. 166
    Dan Says:

    We’ll get ‘em next year.

  167. 167
    Landogarner Says:

    Well… The way we have been playing all year that run signals the end of our season unless we can manage more late inning heroics.

  168. 168
    Putter Says:

    That should just about do it

  169. 169
    ububba Says:

    Down 2 runs with 4 ABs left isn’t hopeless.

  170. 170
    kc Says:

    Three-run homerun by Ross. I am feeling it.

  171. 171
    Bethany Says:

    Ross is going to have to win it with three solo homers.

  172. 172
    Dan Says:

    Three-run homerun by Ross. I am feeling it.

    That feeling is just gas.

  173. 173
    DG Says:

    Well, maybe next year will turn out better. Stupid 1-game playoff.

  174. 174
    SouthernFried Says:

    I refuse to give up at this point after 162 games.

  175. 175
    Stu Says:

    Would be a rather inglorious way for Chipper to go out, but I’d honestly feel better about getting eliminated from the playoffs if it were his fault. At least I wouldn’t have any regrets about his teammates letting him down or whatever.

  176. 176
    Adam M Says:

    Lohse is great. I don’t know what they’re doing with pitchers in St. Louis but it’s impressive.

  177. 177
    JoeyT Says:

    Uggla – almost a hero.

  178. 178
    kc Says:

    @170 Thanks, we need humor like that at this kind of moment.

  179. 179
    RobBroad4th Says:

    My damn heart stopped. Ugh.

  180. 180
    kc Says:

    Stupid Uggla, ruined my prediction.

  181. 181
    DG Says:

    The Cardinals are going to win the World Series again. To me, they are the most unlikely (and luckiest) team to ever win back-to-back championships. I mean, between the Braves collapsing last year and the rule change that even allowed their lucky asses in this game…I don’t even know what to say.

  182. 182
    kc Says:

    Oh perfect. The LaRussa style of bullpen management. THis will be a four-hour game….

  183. 183
    Bethany Says:

    I’m thinking about our offense next year and it makes me want to die or forget that baseball exists.

  184. 184
    Putter Says:

    @173 was just saying the same thing

  185. 185
    Stu Says:

    181—Leading off and playing center field…JOSE CONSTANZA!!!

  186. 186
    Brian J. Says:

    Ross wasn’t quite boss enough. We need to move the fences in.

  187. 187
    RobBroad4th Says:

    I hate the Cardinals.

  188. 188
    Bethany Says:

    @183 Oh god, kill me.

  189. 189
    Adam M Says:

    Matheny is managing this game smartly. Jealous.

  190. 190
    'Rissa Says:

    @173—I had the same thought. This would be a terrible way for Chipper to go out, but at least you can pretty directly pin it on him.

  191. 191
    Trace Says:

    This game is so playoff braves.

  192. 192
    ububba Says:

    Alright, empty the tank, Medlen.

  193. 193
    kc Says:

    @189 Yeap, one error ruins everything.

  194. 194
    Stu Says:

    Why is Medlen still pitching?

  195. 195
    ububba Says:

    Jeeeez….

  196. 196
    Timo Says:

    Conrad is watching.

  197. 197
    kc Says:

    Wonderful.

  198. 198
    RobBroad4th Says:

    The Barves.

  199. 199
    Remy Says:

    Make that two errors.

  200. 200
    Brian J. Says:

    Uggla decided that Chipper was having all the fun.

  201. 201
    RobBroad4th Says:

    That should have been a K.

  202. 202
    Trace Says:

    Jesus, Mary and Joseph

  203. 203
    kc Says:

    @192 That’s not even the issue. The defense is throwing the game away.

  204. 204
    kc Says:

    Thanks Kris. You gave us everything. It’s not your fault today.

  205. 205
    Adam M Says:

    Medlen should have come out after five–not that he has pitched that badly or that Uggla’s error is his fault–but he never should have faced the lineup a third time. I was afraid of Fredi not understanding the optimal strategy for a single game playoff, and it’s turning out to be true.

  206. 206
    Stu Says:

    201—Uh, crappy managing is most certainly an issue with which I’m concerned. I wasn’t assigning the blame for this game or inning to Medlen’s being on the mound, just asking what the reason to have him still on the mound would be.

  207. 207
    DG Says:

    So THIS is the freaking game that stops Medlen’s record?

    I’ve seen this movie before, and it sucks. It got 0% on Rotten Tomatoes when viewed by Braves fans.

  208. 208
    Putter Says:

    Well, at least it’s Durbin… Ugh. Now isn’t the time to clear the bench

  209. 209
    kc Says:

    @204 I don’t have much faith beyond EOF and Kimbrel. I bet Fredi is feeling the same way.

  210. 210
    Stu Says:

    Well, if I’d known Durbin was the backup plan, I wouldn’t have requested that Medlen come out…

  211. 211
    Dan Says:

    lolBraves

  212. 212
    Brian J. Says:

    Of course. Now Freeman just needs to boot one to fit in.

  213. 213
    Timo Says:

    You are shitting me.

  214. 214
    Adam M Says:

    5 runs on 3 hits and no walks.

  215. 215
    Adam R Says:

    I can’t watch this anymore.

  216. 216
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Imploding.

  217. 217
    Putter Says:

    Simmons also having a helluva game

  218. 218
    kc Says:

    Makes that three.

  219. 219
    ububba Says:

    Haven’t seen this kind of defensive meltdown in a while.

  220. 220
    Brian J. Says:

    208- Oh yes. Thanks for reminding me. At least we won’t ever have to see him again after today. Please, please, please.

  221. 221
    Trace Says:

    Fuck this.

  222. 222
    Bethany Says:

    How many of you still think it was Fredi?

  223. 223
    Stu Says:

    207—So why not go to EOF or Kimbrel? Or Minor or Hudson?

  224. 224
    Landogarner Says:

    Now it’s game over.

  225. 225
    Dan Says:

    Again: September 2011 condensed into one game.

  226. 226
    Landogarner Says:

    @217 Since last September you mean?

  227. 227
    kc Says:

    I think the correct strategy should be walking the guy and playing for the double play.

  228. 228
    braves14 Says:

    Why do the Braves play like little leaguers every time they make the postseason?

  229. 229
    Stu Says:

    Well, time to enjoy the last three innings of Chipper in a Braves uni.

  230. 230
    Grst Says:

    Choking top to bottom.

  231. 231
    Ray Says:

    Didn’t know it was Brooks Conrad Day at the Ted.

  232. 232
    kc Says:

    @221 Yeah, it is the game that you don”t need to save any bullets.

  233. 233
    kc Says:

    @226 We have been so used to it.

  234. 234
    c. shorter Says:

    what a showing from the braves d today. sickening.

  235. 235
    Trace Says:

    Choketober

  236. 236
    One Eye Says:

    Just call the game…

  237. 237
    kc Says:

    I like the way the Cards are playing.

  238. 238
    Landogarner Says:

    lol, how can you do anything but laugh at this point?

  239. 239
    Trace Says:

    Just pathetic. Go dawgs.

  240. 240
    DG Says:

    This is why we choke!

  241. 241
    Putter Says:

    Today is the Braves post season history in a nutshell… Bad breaks and bonehead plays

  242. 242
    Brian J. Says:

    Now Simmons decides to look competent, now that the game’s out of hand.

  243. 243
    Remy Says:

    The Braves still have three innings to turn it around.

  244. 244
    kc Says:

    Oh, there’s the double play I was talking about, ha.

  245. 245
    ryan c Says:

    It’s truly amazing how much I can hate and love one thing at the same time.

  246. 246
    kc Says:

    @239 Or decent pitching performance, bunch of errors, and silent bats.

  247. 247
    oldtimer? Says:

    What a crappy way to end the season.

  248. 248
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    I feel like Q*bert right now.

  249. 249
    ububba Says:

    Basically, every run the Cards have scored, except the HR, is a direct result of miscue.

    Let it rip, boys…

    Can’t get a lot worse.

  250. 250
    Grst Says:

    Making so many errors so that Chipper’s wasn’t decisive anymore was not what we meant by picking him up, guys.

  251. 251
    kc Says:

    Something wrong with me, I am starting to miss Janish.

  252. 252
    Remy Says:

    Don’t press. Just find a way to get on base. Singles.

  253. 253
    Dan Says:

    Looks like Georgia boys want to blow this popsicle stand and go hunting.

  254. 254
    DG Says:

    Chipper making the error that caused that entire inning full of fail was like Superman getting punched and bleeding after he didn’t have any powers. It just took the wind out of their sails and demoralized them.

  255. 255
    Stu Says:

    WE JUST NEED SIX MORE OF THOSE, GUYS!!!

  256. 256
    RobBroad4th Says:

    I forget what to say here… Woohaay? Woo par?

  257. 257
    kc Says:

    Way to go George.

  258. 258
    DG Says:

    Sesame Street said that today’s game was brought to you by the letter E and the numbers 4, 5, and 6.

  259. 259
    Trace Says:

    Hahaha, 256

  260. 260
    Brian J. Says:

    Prado didn’t get the memo that our infielders wrote about the tee times on Sunday.

  261. 261
    Bethany Says:

    So, so far, our bench players are the heart of our offense tonight.

  262. 262
    kc Says:

    Hope is dangerous.

  263. 263
    Bethany Says:

    Holy wow at this guy’s surname.

  264. 264
    MikeM Says:

    This is awful. I have defended the braves against the “chokers” tag since 1996. I think I’m done.

  265. 265
    Adam R Says:

    This is probably it for Chipper.

  266. 266
    ububba Says:

    Blast time, Chipper (or a single)…

  267. 267
    Dan Says:

    Come on, Larry…

  268. 268
    CoronitaKing Says:

    Time for redemption

  269. 269
    Adam M Says:

    This could be Chipper’s last at bat ever. Bring it.

  270. 270
    Brian J. Says:

    260- Now we really are screwed.

    261- He’s nicknamed Scrabble for obvious reasons.

  271. 271
    kc Says:

    Chipper. We love you no matter what.

  272. 272
    Brian J. Says:

    Meek groundout to second. Thus the legend dies.

  273. 273
    Bethany Says:

    The first pitch, Chipper? THE FIRST PITCH???????

  274. 274
    Stu Says:

    No one to blame but himself…

    Still gonna miss him like crazy.

  275. 275
    ububba Says:

    (Sound of air going out of room…)

  276. 276
    Landogarner Says:

    Wow… Chipper. Did you give up already?

  277. 277
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Make him work a little, Chip.

  278. 278
    Dan Says:

    I’d retire too, if I was playing today like Chipper.

  279. 279
    Kristen Says:

    That wasn’t even worth standing up for.

  280. 280
    Putter Says:

    Chipper not really doing much to make this a storybook finish

  281. 281
    kc Says:

    He had his chance.

  282. 282
    Trace Says:

    Shouldn’t prado have scored on heyward’s hit? That hung in the air forever.

  283. 283
    Bethany Says:

    I’ll feel differently tomorrow, but tonight? Screw Chipper.

  284. 284
    MikeM Says:

    Seriously, If this one-game crap is all we get after 4 months, then why even have a regular season? Let’s just play a round robin with every team in the league in april and then start the playoffs in May. It would be so exciting! It would entertain the “fans”! It makes about as much sense.

  285. 285
    Grst Says:

    Fucking depressing. Good bye, Chipper. Wish we could have seen more of you.

  286. 286
    kc Says:

    Wow, we have nine hits. Oh, nice play Chipper. Just too many innings too late.

  287. 287
    Adam M Says:

    Of all the innings to bring in EOF, this isn’t it. These guys kill lefties.

  288. 288
    'Rissa Says:

    If that is how a HOF career ends, it has to be the most anitclamatic ending it could have after the way this season shaped up.

  289. 289
    Ray Says:

    @259 Should have started Francisco at 3B..

  290. 290
    MikeM Says:

    Wow, I think Alex Gonzalez would have got to that grounder, Simmons.

  291. 291
    spike Says:

    Leaving liquor behind, moving to the harder stuff.

  292. 292
    Stu Says:

    Fredi has no idea what he’s doing in this game.

    Then again, neither do many of his players.

  293. 293
    Stu Says:

    Release Uggla as soon as this game ends.

  294. 294
    Brian J. Says:

    Again, a belated display of competence. Although Uggla did try to inflate his error count.

  295. 295
    Adam M Says:

    I hate Uggla.

  296. 296
    kc Says:

    @289 He was hoping for a complete game shutout from Medlen.

    Geez, Uggla was trying very hard to throw balls away.

  297. 297
    Remy Says:

    More Adventures in Fielding.

  298. 298
    Grst Says:

    It’s hard to imagine this game being any uglier, but it absolutely would be if we didn’t have such a great first baseman.

  299. 299
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Jeez. Can you imagine Uggla’s defensive numbers if Freeman weren’t so great? What an awful arm.

  300. 300
    Remy Says:

    That’s Uggla at 2B? I thought it was Chuck Knoblauch.

  301. 301
    Adam M Says:

    @289 Agree completely. He’s not the reason they’re losing, but he is managing very poorly. Kimbrel will now pitch the 9th, the inning with the lowest leverage index in this game. Insanity.

  302. 302
    kc Says:

    Uggla must had dinner with Conrad last night.

  303. 303
    MikeM Says:

    I will spend the entire offseason criticizing Fredi’s bullpen management.

  304. 304
    Stu Says:

    Nah, Knoblauch was a better hitter.

  305. 305
    Adam R Says:

    The Dodgers will want to upgrade at 2B. Right? Right?

  306. 306
    beege Says:

    Whatever happens tonight, I’ll always love Freeman for the hard facetag on Molina.

  307. 307
    kc Says:

    The fans are very good today.

  308. 308
    drewdat Says:

    Was about to say something derogatory about Dan Knoblugglauch. I see the point was made.

  309. 309
    Dan Says:

    The Curse of Brooks Conrad.

  310. 310
    Adam R Says:

    Proud of Freddie today.

  311. 311
    kc Says:

    I honestly love postseason baseball, the Braves just aren’t very good at it.

  312. 312
    Brian J. Says:

    Uggla, not so much, although at least he busted it down the line.

  313. 313
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Three more years of this.

  314. 314
    kc Says:

    I absolutely hate Uggla.

  315. 315
    drewdat Says:

    Too bad all scenarios that lead to the Braves not owing Knobluggla 13 million in 2014 result in his untimely demise. Except maybe the Mayan calendar.

  316. 316
    Brian J. Says:

    If we get out of this, I want everything drinking whatever Ross had this afternoon.

  317. 317
    Dan Says:

    Ross seems to be the only one who showed up.

  318. 318
    MikeM Says:

    Screw it, give Ross all of the money.

  319. 319
    Remy Says:

    No pinch runner for Ross?

  320. 320
    ububba Says:

    Rally time?

  321. 321
    oldtimer? Says:

    first pitch swinging.
    idiot

  322. 322
    drewdat Says:

    Bunt, no?

  323. 323
    kc Says:

    We should have started the whole bench today.

  324. 324
    Adam R Says:

    I’m just glad Simmons isn’t bunting.

  325. 325
    'Rissa Says:

    The problem with this new WC format is that you have the pressure of game 7 without your guys having the chance to get any playoff experience. Doesn’t excuse Chipper, but it’s true.

    The Cardinals are not beating the Braves right now. The Braves are beating the Braves.

  326. 326
    Brian J. Says:

    Dare I hope that our ineptitude is infectious?

  327. 327
    ububba Says:

    Wow.

    Your turn, Cards.

  328. 328
    Dan Says:

    Please McCann…

  329. 329
    Adam R Says:

    THIS BETTER NOT BE A TEASE.

  330. 330
    Bethany Says:

    For the love of god, atlanta, make this count.

  331. 331
    MikeM Says:

    BULLSHIT!!!!!

  332. 332
    Dan Says:

    WHAT THE SH**?!

  333. 333
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Infield fly????

  334. 334
    ububba Says:

    Infield fly rule to LF.

  335. 335
    Bethany Says:

    WHAT?! How can they call infield fly?!?!

  336. 336
    Brian J. Says:

    I didn’t mean infecting the umps, you Goddamn idiots!

  337. 337
    kc Says:

    I can not believe it.

  338. 338
    c. shorter Says:

    no way

  339. 339
    Bethany Says:

    Apparently we’ve got replacement umps.

  340. 340
    Remy Says:

    That was not a “routine” fly ball.

  341. 341
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Worst game in history.

  342. 342
    drewdat Says:

    You know what’s embarassing? Holbrook’s life.

  343. 343
    Ray Says:

    @288 That made me laugh. I needed that.

  344. 344
    kc Says:

    I don’t blame the fans. Keep throwing them.

  345. 345
    Adam R Says:

    Whatever. I applaud. Fuck Sam Holbrook or whatever his name is.

  346. 346
    OneEye Says:

    worst call of the season

  347. 347
    SouthernFried Says:

    How can. An outfield umpire apply an infield fly rule? Ridiculous.

  348. 348
    OneEye Says:

    it was 100 feet in the outfield

  349. 349
    Dan Says:

    Forget Simpson, I’d throw junk on the field too. It’s not embarrassing to Atlanta fans, it’s embarrassing to baseball. “Infield fly” in left frickin’ field.

  350. 350
    MikeM Says:

    Embarrassing for Atlanta fans? Fuck that! Embarrassing for the umpires. This is the worst.

  351. 351
    Trace Says:

    What the fuck? That’s fucking awful

  352. 352
    c. shorter Says:

    Not the best start for a new playoff format.

  353. 353
    Timo Says:

    Worst call ever. Unbelievable!

  354. 354
    Bethany Says:

    Is there no way that can be overturned? He called it after it was clear the players weren’t going to catch it.

  355. 355
    drewdat Says:

    Not close enough to Holbrook, IMO.

  356. 356
    kc Says:

    Baseball god really hates us.

  357. 357
    Adam R Says:

    Either the fans or Ross are the best part about this game.

  358. 358
    kc Says:

    That’s a very efficient cleaning job.

  359. 359
    Jeff M. Says:

    The fix is on. Umpire’s hand didn’t go up until the SS bailed on the play. This is so fixed!

  360. 360
    spike Says:

    “…and heeeere come the pretzels”

  361. 361
    oldtimer? Says:

    I dont even know how to react to that awful call,
    I am just sad.

  362. 362
    'Rissa Says:

    As if this game couldn’t get worse…If this is Chipper’s last, it will be memorable for all the wrong reasons.

  363. 363
    kc Says:

    I still say the fans are very good today.

  364. 364
    Tony Says:

    Wow….

  365. 365
    Maverickjb Says:

    Embarrasing my A$$ …Im surprises Fredi didn’t rip up a few bases Bobby surely would I’m so mad this is unbelievable

  366. 366
    Adam M Says:

    I’m done with baseball. I can’t bear this crap any longer. Good night, all.

  367. 367
    drewdat Says:

    Coca-Cola needs to reroute their production machines to just launch the bottles at the Turner Field pitcher’s mound.

  368. 368
    Jeff M. Says:

    Awful. Just Awful. Little league umpires could do better. The replacement umpires from football are AVAILABLE!

  369. 369
    Dan Says:

    What a way to christen the new, first ever MLB wild card game.

  370. 370
    Trace Says:

    Shut the fuck up, Joe. The umps are the embarassment. If I was there I’d be throwing shit, too.

  371. 371
    Remy Says:

    Darling just made a good point. Is it too late for Fredi to protest the game?

  372. 372
    Timo Says:

    Fuck you, Joe Simpson.

  373. 373
    Dan Says:

    F— you, Simpson. The umpires are the ones that need to be embarrassed right now.

  374. 374
    kc Says:

    Shut the f&ck up Joe.

  375. 375
    drewdat Says:

    First time Atlanta fans have impacted a game in about 20 years, by the way.

  376. 376
    Johnny Says:

    I cannot believe that Chipper’s last game is going to end with this BULLSHIT.

  377. 377
    kc Says:

    I am damn proud of the fans. Who says we don’t care?

  378. 378
    SC Says:

    I’m ashamed of Fredi for not getting ejected there.

    And I’m not saying people should throw stuff, but I’m certainly *not* upset that there are at least some people there that are fiery mad about the sum of this performance by the Braves and the umps.

  379. 379
    Tom Says:

    If there is a baseball God, he certainly is a Cardinals fan.

  380. 380
    Kristen Says:

    I can’t even believe this. The Braves were screwing themselves just fine.

  381. 381
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Worst call since Don Denkinger.

  382. 382
    kc Says:

    I am proud of Fredi.

  383. 383
    Jeff M. Says:

    Braves fans have no choice. This call is ridiculous and they paid good money not to be insulted by officiating this bad.

  384. 384
    krussell Says:

    Braves fans showed up. The team…not so much. This isn’t enjoyable any more.

  385. 385
    Bethany Says:

    Why in god’s name can’t they reverse this? They reverse catches/traps all the time.

  386. 386
    Frank Says:

    Problem is the dip$h!t ump not the playoff format.

  387. 387
    RobBroad4th Says:

    What’s happening?

  388. 388
    Remy Says:

    My first thought was that Fredi should have gotten himself tossed out of the game. Now, he’s earned my respect by standing up to this craptastic call.

  389. 389
    kc Says:

    Protest the game, walk off the field, $rew Bud Selig for this mess.

  390. 390
    SouthernFried Says:

    This protest has no chance of being upheld. We need McCann to tie the game up.

  391. 391
    Remy Says:

    I still want to know why a pinch runner hasn’t gone in for Ross? I guess Fredi plans on leaving him in after Bmac pinch hits?

  392. 392
    DG Says:

    Is it still delayed? I can’t get updates via phone right now.

  393. 393
    spike Says:

    Wait – umpire is on the phone now.

  394. 394
    Johnny Says:

    I cannot believe we’re getting Eric gregged again.

  395. 395
    Dan Says:

    MLB apparently hired the replacement referees.

  396. 396
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Eric Gregg, you’re off the hook. I hate Sam Holbrook more.

  397. 397
    krussell Says:

    Yep…at this point the only thing I will accept is for the Braves to walk off the field and let MLB figure it out.

  398. 398
    Remy Says:

    Debris still being thrown onto the field. That’s the reason for the delay.

  399. 399
    kc Says:

    The umpires deserve all these. This is the fans’ game, and they are just part of the game.

  400. 400
    oldtimer? Says:

    yes dg, big delay. garbage tossed all over the field

  401. 401
    Tom Says:

    Rob, Simmons hit a single with two on. Would have been bases loaded, one out. However, the umpire in the outfield calles an INFIELD FLY, even though nobody camped under the ball AND the ball clearly left the infield. Thus two outs, runners on second and third. The Stadium erupted, fans threw whatever they had on the field, mostly cans. They had to clean up the mess, Fredi protested the game, Yet the call stands.

  402. 402
    krussell Says:

    Worst call in the history of baseball. The entire fucking history of baseball. Walk off the field and go home. There’s nothing else you can do. Finishing this game would be accepting getting skullfscked. No reason to do that.

  403. 403
    Remy Says:

    So, is the game under official protest or not?

  404. 404
    Rob Cope Says:

    Sorry, late to the party.

    #%*^+•£|€]!_¥!~{£]€[!\£~’&@”?!

    That is all.

  405. 405
    kc Says:

    Very good managing job by Matheny.

  406. 406
    kc Says:

    Yes it is Remy.

  407. 407
    Adam R Says:

    We need a little bit of the old BCIB…

  408. 408
    Remy Says:

    Thank you, buddy.

    McCann’s being patient.

  409. 409
    Brian J. Says:

    Ball four and a run is in! Oh, wait.

  410. 410
    JoeyT Says:

    Don’t worry, this is only game one. That’s why they have playoff series, to make sure a single call doesn’t destroy an entire season.

  411. 411
    Dan Says:

    That walk would have been a lot sweeter with bases loaded and one out…

  412. 412
    ububba Says:

    Be big, Bourn

  413. 413
    spike Says:

    @398, yes.

  414. 414
    Brian J. Says:

    Urgh. We still needed one more hit and didn’t get it.

  415. 415
    Putter Says:

    Don’t pay him a dime

  416. 416
    Bethany Says:

    Idiot, swinging.

  417. 417
    Adam R Says:

    None of the money.

  418. 418
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Choke.

  419. 419
    oldtimer? Says:

    we can let Bourn go this offseason.
    bloom is off his rose after that atbat.

  420. 420
    krussell Says:

    The only chance we had was to walk off the field. This is acceptance.

  421. 421
    Dan Says:

    Of course it had to be a no-power hitter coming up.

    We could’ve had Prado up there without that damn BS call.

  422. 422
    Tom Says:

    This is sad. Just sad.

  423. 423
    JoeyT Says:

    Seriously, losing a single game against an 88 win team from an incredibly weak division on a blown call is a pretty shitty way to end the year. Who thought this was a good idea?

    Then again, we’re all watching it, so they win, I guess.

  424. 424
    Remy Says:

    In Bourn’s defense, those last two pitches were strikes.

  425. 425
    DG Says:

    Bourn: 3yrs/24 million. That’s all the money he deserves.

  426. 426
    Trace Says:

    I’m so disgusted. Fuck this.

  427. 427
    krussell Says:

    We would lose this game against any team. That’s who we are. But the blown call just makes it that much worse. I would wager that this might be the last ever sellout at Turner Field…but that might just be the beer talking. Fuck.

  428. 428
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    I trust Uggla more than Bourn right now.

  429. 429
    JoeyT Says:

    Bourn had a good at bat. He only swung at strikes.

  430. 430
    oldtimer? Says:

    Damn, thats a bold statement AAR.

  431. 431
    MikeM Says:

    Phew, good thing they saved Kimbrel for this important 9th inning.

  432. 432
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    I wish our entire infield hadn’t done their Chuck Knoblauch impression.

  433. 433
    Kristen Says:

    Oh what could’ve been…had it not been for the umpires.

  434. 434
    Adam R Says:

    I’ll miss you, Kimbrel. Stay the same.

  435. 435
    Brian J. Says:

    Craig, you’re too good for this game. You should get part of all the money!

  436. 436
    drewdat Says:

    I’d take Bourn playing second with the wrong hand over Uggla .

  437. 437
    krussell Says:

    Bourn sucks. Uggla sucks. Finding someone in this offense that doesn’t suck is actually pretty damn difficult. When was the last time Freeman or Heyward did anything that was clutch? Ross doesn’t suck. So we got that going for us. Which is nice.

  438. 438
    JoeyT Says:

    This would be a lot easier to swallow if we lost two out of three.

  439. 439
    John R. Says:

    Been watching the game in a bar not able to check in on Braves Journal. I’m listening to the last inning on radio. Probably won’t have the heart to read any of the posts in this thread for a while.

  440. 440
    Bethany Says:

    So, say the protest is upheld, what happens? I know Selig would never let it happen, but I’m curious.

  441. 441
    'Rissa Says:

    Best case scenario, Chipper ties this thing this inning. Worst case, he’s the last out of the season. Judging from how this game has gone, I fear I know which scenario is more likely.

  442. 442
    OneEye Says:

    @431 Freeman hit a HR to clinch the WC.

  443. 443
    krussell Says:

    Yes, we will always remember Freeman’s WC clinching HR. And Heyward’s opening day. And that time they gave Chipper a surfboard.

  444. 444
    SouthernFried Says:

    Much will be made of the ump’s monumental screw-up, but the story of the game is told in 3 unearned runs.

  445. 445
    Adam R Says:

    @434, We’d start playing from the point of protest. It’ll never happen.

  446. 446
    Dan Says:

    Can’t decide if the Braves’ defense losing this game, or Prado not coming up with a two-run deficit and the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning is more infuriating.

  447. 447
    Adam R Says:

    @438, How is the screw-up any less real than the errors? Do you claim to know what would’ve happened if they made the obvious right call?

  448. 448
    Rusty S. Says:

    If a protest is upheld the game is replayed from the point of the protest, if the protesting team loses.

  449. 449
    krussell Says:

    We have no shot at the protest. The only shot was to walk off the field and go home. Fredi should’ve been arrested for assault and battery, and we should’ve had 500 fans on the field. Instead we’ll just lose.

  450. 450
    drewdat Says:

    Joe, you idiot. Batting down three with two out and none on isn’t storybook.

  451. 451
    Adam R Says:

    I can’t believe they’re talking about Yadier Fucking Molina.

  452. 452
    DG Says:

    Someone in the stands yelled “Infield Fly” when Heyward just popped out. Hilarious. Enough to hear it on TBS.

  453. 453
    Dan Says:

    MLB is not going to uphold the protest. They never do. Selig will give his usual half-assed explanation and go into hiding until the anger inevitably dies down.

  454. 454
    Adam R Says:

    Fans were chanting “Infield fly” all through Kimbrel’s two FB outs.

  455. 455
    SouthernFried Says:

    @441 – oh, it’s too real, but the defense failed to perform even close to expected norms.

  456. 456
    Brian J. Says:

    Oh hope, you evil bitch.

  457. 457
    Adam R Says:

    Well, that’s nice.

  458. 458
    OneEye Says:

    wow – make up call

  459. 459
    Adam R Says:

    Yeah. Freddie’s not clutch at all.

  460. 460
    Stu Says:

    Please drill Uggla in the back and let the game hinge on Ross.

  461. 461
    OneEye Says:

    freeman = clutch hit

  462. 462
    JoeyT Says:

    No, they can’t tease us like this again. Tying run at the plate? Really? What’s going to happen this time?

  463. 463
    Frank Says:

    Another IF fly?

  464. 464
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Third straight inning with men on 2nd and 3rd, 2 out.

  465. 465
    MikeM Says:

    3 all or nuthin’ swings coming.

  466. 466
    Adam R Says:

    Sigh. Uggla.

  467. 467
    Rusty S. Says:

    No, it won’t be upheld, but that’s what would happen.

  468. 468
    Dan Says:

    That Freeman fly ball was a missed infield fly out.

  469. 469
    'Rissa Says:

    I was worried about the offense today but that has been the least of our problems. Tying run on again.

  470. 470
    ububba Says:

    Horrid call or not, you cannot drop the ball all over the field & expect to win a game like this.

    Bottom’s up…

  471. 471
    Remy Says:

    Thank you, Chipper.

  472. 472
    Dan Says:

    A trashy end to Chipper’s career.

  473. 473
    Brian J. Says:

    I’ve had about all of this that I can take. I say we become the world’s biggest Nationals fans for the next week.

  474. 474
    JoeyT Says:

    Yeah, one game playoff. Great idea.

  475. 475
    c. shorter Says:

    Thank you, Chipper.

    Wren, now what?

  476. 476
    spike Says:

    Life is a ball game, being played each day

  477. 477
    Stu Says:

    Gonna miss watching Larry Wayne swing a bat.

  478. 478
    RobBroad4th Says:

    I couldn’t have imagined a worse way to lose.

  479. 479
    Johnny Says:

    Thanks Chipper. Thanks to all here for continuing the best blog on the internet.

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    justhank Says:

    I never want to hear Joe Simpson’s self-righteous, self-serving voice again.

  481. 481
    Tom Says:

    Well, it’s not the Cardinals’ fault. Nor can you blame the rules, they are what they are. The umpires blew it, and so did the Braves. Whenever it matters, we lose. Simple as that.

  482. 482
    JoeyT Says:

    I hope something equally shitty happens in the late game. There’s a reason playoff matchups are series.

  483. 483
    krussell Says:

    No native Atlantan really expected to win this game. But I’ll admit to being surprised as to how we lost. Wow. I think I’ve run out of give-a-shit. Go Nationals.

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    MikeM Says:

    This is 3 years in a row of crappy endings. You could argue that Braves beat themselves in 2010, 2011, 2012. This blows.

  485. 485
    Marc Schneider Says:

    Braves lose again. Big surprise.

  486. 486
    drewdat Says:

    I sure hope Sam Holbrook’s house doesn’t burn down tonight. Would be a real shame for someone who I’m sure is a real standup guy.

    That wasn’t sarcasm, by the way.

    Neither was that.

    OK, the third one might have been sarcasm.

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    Parish Says:

    And the most miserable sports city in the country just became more miserable.

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    Landogarner Says:

    @467

    Count me in. The Nats just became my favorite team until next season.

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    Adam R Says:

    Evidently, MLB’s twitter account tagline used to be “We don’t understand the infield fly rule, either.”

    Now it’s gone…

    http://i45.tinypic.com/2mmb7nm.png

  490. 490
    MikeM Says:

    This team hasn’t won a playoff in 11 years. We would have been better served just sucking and piling up a decade of top draft picks.

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    Dan Says:

    I’m rooting for the Nationals, and any other team playing the Cardinals. I will dance on their graves when they’re eliminated.

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    krussell Says:

    Outfield fly rule (imho)

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    drewdat Says:

    Would be even worse if Dan Uggla was being hosted at the house for dinner as some form of reconciliation for a soft focus ESPN OTL special. Not that they’d have any reason to invite Dan Uggla since he had nothing to do with the play in question. Just saying it would be worse.

    Not sarcasm.

  494. 494
    Trace Says:

    I fucking hate the Cardinals. Team full of douches.

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    krussell Says:

    It’s not the Cardinals fault. They didn’t make a gazillion errors and leave 20 runners stranded. However, rooting for the Nationals makes some sense. I guess. I think I’m just gonna root for the A’s since I bet not 1 in 100000 people could name 5 players on their team.

  496. 496
    Remy Says:

    I’m hoping for a Beltway Series.

  497. 497
    Parish Says:

    12 LOB (Cards had 2)

    4 unearned runs.

  498. 498
    JoeyT Says:

    I would love it if they actually took this game seriously and upheld the protest.

    There has to be some kind of tipping point where MLB will start to lose fans with these playoff structure shenanigans.

  499. 499
    Frank Says:

    And a dbag ump …

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    Bethany Says:

    MLB already denied the protest. Screw this, I’m not sure I can watch baseball after this.

  501. 501
    Adam R Says:

    Jayson Stark ‏@jaysonst
    Fredi Gonzalez says protest already has been denied by MLB.

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    Parish Says:

    Fyi – the protest has already been denied as I understand it.

    I think it was ruled on before they resumed play.

  503. 503
    JoeyT Says:

    Reddick
    Cespesdes

    Ugh. I can picture a couple of those super young awesome starting pitchers, but …

    Crisp, there’s another…

    McCarthy, he’s hurt, but he’s one.

    And that’s it. Well played, @491

  504. 504
    Adam R Says:

    I suppose the one high-profile person who’s in perfect position to air out MLB is Chipper. Here’s hoping he does.

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    Marc Schneider Says:

    Even if the call isn’t made, do you really think this team would have gotten a key hit? They were going to figure out a way to lose regardless. And, maybe this is actually a more fitting way for Chipper to go out since the Braves spent most of his career figuring out ways to lose playoff games. If this was a series, I’m sure the Braves would have lost.

    But I hate the Cardinals. I will now go to the playoff game here and gladly root against the scumbag Cardinals.

  506. 506
    Adam R Says:

    Jarrod Parker, Dan Straily, Ryan Cook, Derek Norris, Josh Donaldson!!!

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    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    There has to be some kind of tipping point where MLB will start to lose fans with these playoff structure shenanigans.

    Dude, the NFL hasn’t lost any fans yet. MLB is unassailable.

  508. 508
    JoeyT Says:

    Why do people hate the Cardinals? It’s not like their fans throw batteries at the players.

    I hate this format. I hate having teams 7 games over .500 in the playoffs after playing an unbalanced schedule in a division with two 100 loss teams. I hate that one blown call can send a team home because there’s only one game. I hate that legitimate protests are never seriously considered.

    The problems here are MLB problems. I have no problem with the team that happens to benefit.

  509. 509
    krussell Says:

    I don’t know who those people are!!!

    Lol. Ah well. This is Atlanta sports. Embrace it. There’s always next year.

  510. 510
    Parish Says:

    You know, I think I might miss Mac the most this time of year. He was the perfect administrator of the Braves Journal support group.

  511. 511
    Dan Says:

    I’m tired of the Cardinals’ Red Brick Road. How lucky is this team? Braves collapse is the only reason they get into the postseason in 2011. MLB changing its rules is the only reason they get into the playoffs this year. Holbrook thinking a ball fifty feet out of the infield is on the infield. As Olney wrote on Twitter:

    “Nelson Cruz now wondering why infield fly wasn’t call on David Freese’s game-tying hit in Game 6 last year.”

    Everything on a silver platter for this team.

    Go Nationals.

  512. 512
    Adam R Says:

    The game of baseball is awesome. Major League Baseball, however, not so much.

  513. 513
    Marc Schneider Says:

    The Cardinals are like the NY Giants. Fuck around during the season, squeeze into the playoffs and get hot. I hate this-it’s not just that the Braves lost; it’s that the regular season means nothing. I hate it when it happens in the NCAA tournament.

    This was totally predictable when they came up with this structure. But I guess Bud is happy.

  514. 514
    Grst Says:

    Fuck this game (as in today’s game, not baseball in general). Fuck shitty umpires with massive egos and the union that protects them. And Fuck MLB and the spineless cowards in the front office that won’t stand up to them.

  515. 515
    krussell Says:

    The regular season will always mean nothing to all but one team…unless you just want them to stop playing at the end of the season and give out trophies.

    Honestly, I thought this was an 85 win team at best. And I still think that. Our offense is terrible. We overachieved for a good part of the year. But there’s lots of teams better than us. One of them will win the World Series. As long as it’s not the Yankees then I can deal with that.

  516. 516
    mravery Says:

    So I just got in. Guess I saw all the good bits?

  517. 517
    Adam R Says:

    @506, We need a “Where do we go from here?” post, stat.

    I don’t object to losing a one-game elimination contest. It’s the umpiring that’s beyond insulting.

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    Adam M Says:

    The A’s are good–Griffin and Parker are great, and they may be getting Anderson back. The bullpen is sick. And the Carter/Cespedes/Reddick/Moss group is very good, while Smith, Crisp, and Drew are solid complementary pieces.

  519. 519
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Go A’s!

  520. 520
    Marc Schneider Says:

    I just have this feeling that the Cardinals are going to make another run. And I hate that. They should not even be in the playoffs.

  521. 521
    krussell Says:

    All I know is that this game sucked and that I totally despise all of our announcers. The best part of tonight was the fans throwing stuff. That was the only bright spot in an otherwise complete and total choke-fest.

  522. 522
    Parish Says:

    Is it possible this was the 2012 disaster the Mayan calendar was talking about?

  523. 523
    Dan Says:

    I just have this feeling that the Cardinals are going to make another run. And I hate that. They should not even be in the playoffs.

    Maybe Selig can expand the playoffs to eight teams per league this offseason, and the Cardinals can get in with the eighth-best record in 2013.

  524. 524
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Recapped.

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