|Forum topic by IsaacH||posted 09-10-2012 09:01 AM||1527 views||0 times favorited||15 replies|
09-10-2012 09:01 AM
I grew up a Braves fan. I wore the same logo on my ballcap as a 10 yr old in 1988 when the Bravos lost over 100 games as I did in 95’, after they took the World Series. The players of my child hood: Phil Niekro, Dale Murphy, Bob Horner, Sid Bream, Terry Pendalton, Ron Gant, David Justice, and who can forget the most powerful pitching staff in MLB history Tom Glavine, Steve Avery, and John Smoltz. The last superstar to join the team of the 90’s was chipper Jones, first round draft pick in 1990 and making his first appearance in “he show” n 93’. Under the guidance of the Skipper Bobby Cox, the most ejected manager in MLB history, the Braves were the hometown heros that kept making a kid proud to be an Atlantan.
All are gone except 1….. Chipper. This October he makes his last appearance on the field. When he walks back into the dugout that last time, so retires the last hero from my childhood. I without a doubt will be swallowing with tightened throat, trying to watch through teary eyes. I have been through at least an average amount of joy and agony in my 34 years. Marrige, becoming a parent, divorce, forclosure, unemployment, remarrige, more kids, but not until now is the last vestage of my childhood dissapearing never to be seen again in the same capacity.
The outpouring of baseball fans around the country has been amazing. The man who recieved so many boos being shown so much respect from the same people who cheered against him. The most indicative example I heard today listening to the game on the way into work. The chant “Larrrrryyyyyy” (his given name) would often be heard in Shea stadium, given as a taunt. Today the announcer reported at the end of the game spotting a Mets fan holding up a sign saying “Larry was always yelled with respect.” Chipper, you are truly respected by all real baseball players and fans of all allegiances.
Brian Mccann, your turn to lead the team….....LONG LIVE THE ATLANTA BRAVES
-- Isaac- Decatur, GA - "Your woodworking....NOT machining parts for NASA!!!"