You have vividly described some of my fondest childhood memories! The Braves went on to finish second I believe the next year and it was downhill from there until 1991.
I would sit and listen to all 9 innings of every loss in the years that followed (and there were usually about 100 of them!)The Braves fell into total mediocrity, with the likes of the "Bomb Squad" which was a bunch of bench players led by an over-the-hill Ted Simmons; and by cheesy promotions such as the Disney World Series; not to mention the ole 'Hum babe" joke of a manager that was Chuck Tanner.
All the while, though, the memories of '82 and the presence of the one and only Dale Murphy kept me loyal (and miserable) until my persistance was finally rewarded.
And this year's team is certainly fun to watch. Until yesterday, the only game they had lost was the only game I have been to! They are gettin' r done with pitching and power, and without Beachy, McCann, Freeman, and Venters. Could they possibly get even better?
Yes - I think they can get better when they have all of their players at full strength. That '82 year was one of my fondest, too. My son - who turned 10 years old that summer - lived and died with the Braves' games that year. It was very exciting. I don't know if you saw it, but there was a Braves WTBS hour-long television special that (I think) was run after they won their 12th or 13th game in a row. It used the Pointer Sisters' "I'm So Excited" tune as soundtrack music. (That's why I included it in the media above.)
And you're also right: good things come to those who wait. The Braves of the 90's might have only won one World Series, but they were a very exciting team with a lot of great stars and they consistently played excellent baseball. Of course, their starting pitching with Maddux, Glavine, Avery and Smoltz - IMHO - ranks right there with the greatest of all times - especially the 1993 and 1998 teams. In fact - they are listed as THE greatest here:
It will be interesting to see what the Braves do when these guys do return. Gattis is a great story but McCann will certainly get his spot back. He may not, however, return sooner than later. A little extra time to heal may be in order. And although Mac’s numbers have declined recently, he still wears a C on his jersey and “El Oso Blanco” is nowhere near proven.
More interesting will be Chris Johnson. We know Freddie will play, and I am assuming C. Johnson will take the bulk of the PT at 3rd. Francisco is making himself hard to ignore though. I wonder if Johnson can play 2nd. I hate it, but seriously, Uggla is no longer in a slump. It's been too long. Again, who knows what you will actually end up getting with Johnson? With Uggla you know at least you are going to get a lot of walks and some power, and average defense. But Mr. Johnson sho’ looks good right now!
I say deal Francisco while you can still get some value in return.
Memory clouded....what was the other Braves player to hit 40 or more home runs in one season which made the Braves have three players with 40+ homers in one season? Aaron, Davy Johnson and....what was his name? Weren't they the first of any major baseball team to have done that?
It wasn't Bob Horner. I remember his 4 homers in a one game bombing which placed him in a select group. Just cannot remember that third Brave that hit 40+ homers with Aaron and Johnson in the same year.
Help an ole man out here guys.
From one ole man to another:
The year was 1973, and the Dynamic Trio was Henry Louis ("Hammerin' Hank") Aaron, David Allen ("Davey") Johnson, and Darrell Wayne ("Howdy Doody") Evans. I remember Evans primarily from his time with the Braves in the late 80s. Evans has been called "the most underrated player in baseball history," primarily due to his terrific defensive skills, home run power, and an uncanny ability to draw a walk in those critical situations (especially in the late innings) when a baserunner is a necessity.
The Rockies did it twice more in the 90s, but IMHO the Braves were the first and THE BEST because they hit most of their home runs in that HEAVY, humid air of Hotlanta. I think it's harder to hit homers in Atlanta than it is in Colorado - despite the old Braves stadium becing called "The Launching Pad."
Hi Jimmy: No problem. But it looks like I put the whammy on 'em. 12-1 when I posted the blog; hard times since then. Oh, well....I guess that's why they play 162.