Dear Atlanta Braves Community Members,
Allow me to introduce myself.
I am a mourning Braves fan. I have watched the team since 1990. I was on a Braves Little League team and from there I fell in love with the team. I grew up watching TBS and the Carey’s calling each game. I saw Sid Bream slide across home. I watched Marquis Grissom catch the final out of the 1995 World Series.
I witnessed Otis Nixon’s bunt attempt in the World Series against the Blue Jays. I was there for the great run of Division Titles and League Pennants.
Now, like many of you, I have been forced to suffer through October-less years and poor performances, and this season was no exception.
In fact, the Atlanta Braves shattered many of our playoff-hopeful hearts with a dismal 72-90 record this season—marking only the second time in almost 20 years that a Braves squad has finished a season under the .500 mark.
Sure, it may have been more effective to have a cactus up to bat over Jeff Francouer at times. Frenchy disappointed many folks, both in and out of his clubhouse, with his .239 batting average and his 11 home runs.
Granted, there were times when a bucket placed on its side with the opening pointed towards home plate would have been better than Kelly Johnson at second base.
But when all is said and done, we will all be back next season pulling for the boys in Hotlanta.
There are often times when I, like many fans, think that I could do a better job at a certain position then the player making millions doing it. Many times I think that I could head to the outfield 162 times and perform perfectly—typical fan.
This may come as a surprise to some, but the Braves haven’t called me looking for a left-handed former power-hitter who once homered twice in a high school game. They have yet to get in touch with the one-time Orem City “A” All-Star team member that I was.
To my knowledge, Bobby Cox has yet to come up with a nickname for me—even though I can hear him now, “Come on now Flanny;” “Atta baby Flanman;” “Good eye, Flan.”
But what I can’t do between the white lines, I will strive to do in my fanship and in my duties as the Community Leader of the Atlanta Braves Community. We have one of the biggest team Communities in the MLB Community and hopefully we can continue to grow.
I look forward to the offseason and the chance to dream about the 2009 season and the Championship that will hopefully find its way to Atlanta next season.
Atlanta Braves Community Leader