Miraculously, someone out there agrees with me about the Braves

Not quite ready for their close-up, but getting closer. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Contrary to popular belief, I’m human. I get a tingle of satisfaction when someone agrees with me. (Given that almost nobody ever does, I’m down to a tingle a decade.) And here, from Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus, is a missive that expresses something I’ve attempted to express a time or two regarding the Atlanta Braves.

I’m tempted to quote the whole of Mr. Gianella’s article, but that’s bad internet form. I would strongly advise you to read it yourself. But I will cite his conclusion:

“This season isn’t about what happens for the Braves this year. It is a staging ground for a future that is about to get extremely interesting and fun in Atlanta. SunTrust Park will host a team that is on the cusp of competitiveness. The wailing and gnashing of teeth about tanking misses the larger point. In this modern era of baseball, building a championship-caliber future often requires living in a sub-optimal present. The lean times in Atlanta aren’t quite over. But even if 2017 isn’t a giant leap, it will almost definitely be a noticeable step in the right direction.”

I’ve tried, several times, to express the same sentiment. I’m not sure I’ve done it as well as Mr. Gianella just did. Big kudos to him. (And here’s hoping he didn’t pick an all-ACC Final Four.)

Further reading: We talk about the Braves’ new stadium, but what about the team?

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atlgreen
atlgreen

Future, is all you will hear about from J. Hart this year. I am not spending money for good seats at Suntrust. Sorry, but they always tell you its a business and if so then Hart and the Braves ownership will understand that fans will pay when the braves can play. 


David McCallum
David McCallum

Whether you guys show up at the stadium or not, these players are still going to be paid. I hope you fans are not the same fans who were  NOT showing up at Turner field during the Braves playoff era. 

Saldiven
Saldiven

That's all fine and dandy, but don't expect me to spend money to see a sub-par product this season. My entertainment dollars are not infinite, so don't expect me to spend them on something I do not find entertaining (watching my team lose).

TaxiSmith
TaxiSmith

For the kind of money they're charging, I'll watch on TV.

jarvis1975
jarvis1975

Mark, in regards to your All ACC Final Four, you've even already screwed up your 2nd Final Four prediction the same day you made it.

Both Big 10 teams are out as is Zona (two of those losses were blowouts I might add).

Sidslid
Sidslid

If it about the future, why are they spending over 20mm on two 40 year olds. The Braves of the 90s threw Glavine out there and let him lose 17.

Bug
Bug

@Sidslid  U are right on man and he was not the only one.