The 2013 Atlanta Braves Are Mighty Good
"I Don't Mind A Parasite. I Object To A Cut-Rate One."
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Reminds me of the 1982 season, when my family and I were new residents in this community. The stars of that team included Dale Murphy, Bob Horner, Claudell Washington, Steve Bedrosian, Chris Chambliss, Gene Garber, and Phil Niekro. Glenn Hubbard anchored the Braves' infield at second base, and utility infielder Jerry Royster had an excellent final two months of the season, which played an important role in the Braves winning the Division. The team also included Al "The Mad Hungarian" Hrabosky, whose in-game-on-the-mound conversations with himself were always a sight to behold.

At that time, the Braves were seeking respect in MLB - and they got it after starting the season with 13 wins in a row. Their games were carried on WTBS (a newly-minted "superstation"), and their on-air announcers included Skip Carey and Ernie Johnson. There was magic in the air during that Braves' season - and I see it being repeated in this year's team. Their record of 12-1 is just a tad shy of the 13-0 record in 1982, and their overall team strength - pitching, hitting, and defense - is probably superior this year to then. We still have a Carey in the broadcast booth - along with that 1982 star, Dale Murphy. I enjoy the current broadcasts - and the way Chip and Dale call the game - ALMOST as much as I enjoyed the way Skip and Ernie did.

The Braves are on the tube right now playing KC. They are down 1-0 in the 5th. God Bless the Atlanta Braves, and best wishes for a world championship in 2013.

BTW: 1982 was the year that one Braves' pitcher got some unwanted national attention. His name was Pascual ("I-285") Perez, and his "fame" came from missing a start in Atlanta on August 19th as a result of his being unfamiliar with the local interstate highway system and the exact location of Turner Field. According to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article from last year which recounts the incident:

"He wasn’t the best Brave (although for 2 1/2 seasons he was pretty darn good), and he wasn’t, goodness knows, the most reliable, but Pascual Perez was the one most apt to make us smile. His enduring gift was that he, without appearing to try, made people happy. He made us happy when he ran from the dugout to the mound, happy when he pitched and won, happy that day in 1982 when he got on I-285 and just kept going.

That was the year a lot of folks fell in love with the local nine, and not just those who lived within spitting distance of Pascual’s Perimeter. It was a time when much of the U.S. first got cable, and the SuperStation staple began the season by winning 13 in a row. Then the Braves started losing, and folks from Montgomery to Missoula started agonizing for this suddenly beset crew, and lo and behold …

Pascual Perez, recently acquired from Pittsburgh and just up from Richmond, was scheduled to start on a Thursday night in August. His new team had lost 19 of 21 to fall four games behind the hated Dodgers. Only just outfitted with a driver’s license, Perez went literally in circles, stopping only because he was almost out of gas. A guy at the service station recognized him and spotted him a splash of petrol — Pascual had forgotten his wallet, too — and by the time he arrived at the old stadium Phil Niekro was on the mound in his stead.

The tension broken by Pascual’s misadventure, the Braves won 13 of the next 15 to reclaim first place. Come the season’s final week, the wayfarer started twice — both games were on the road, so no worries about Atlanta navigation — and won both times to keep the Braves a game in front of L.A., which is exactly where they finished."

See: http://blogs.ajc.com/mark-bradley-blog/2012/11/01/remembering-pascual-perez-the-brave-who-made-us-smile/


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sebekm commented on Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 at 16:58 PM

(I jinxed 'em..)

Tiger5 commented on Thursday, Apr 18, 2013 at 16:35 PM

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?

sebekm commented on Friday, Apr 19, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Hi Tiger5:

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:

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/...

Tiger5 commented on Friday, Apr 19, 2013 at 14:57 PM

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.

sebekm commented on Friday, Apr 19, 2013 at 17:33 PM

Sounds like a plan.

SportsFan31313 commented on Monday, Apr 22, 2013 at 23:03 PM

Sebe,

I remember that like it was yesterday.

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013 at 23:36 PM

Let's play two....let's WIN two! Now they're cookin'.....

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 at 14:58 PM

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.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 at 17:40 PM

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."

sebekm commented on Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 at 17:54 PM

(Added photos - the Dynamic Trio from 1973 and Howdy Doody.)

JimmyMack commented on Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Thank you, Sebe.

sebekm commented on Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 12:15 PM

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.


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