The scene was set last night as the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates came to Atlanta for a nice little 3 game series. It was Friday night, complete with Friday night fireworks. If you have never seen the spectacular firework show and you’re a Braves fan, put it in your top ten 10 bucket list items. The Braves were setting the stage to finish out August with a bang, but not so fast. The Atlanta Braves are a very good team, but there is still a lot of work that needs to be learned in Atlanta.
I am no baseball guru, well maybe in my mind I am. But what the last 3 loses has shown me is the Braves need to play an entire 9 innings of baseball. Little things that may seem insignificant like a walk, or leaving runners on base can often snowball into much bigger problems. Every team in baseball is playing their hearts out right now. Even teams with virtually no shot at going to the post season are looking to play the role of spoiler. The Atlanta Braves played spoiler like this at the end of the 2017 season. The Braves pieces were starting to fit together. I was extremely excited and I still am with this new team that Alex Anthopoulos and Brian Snitker have built.
Sure other members of the front office played vital roles, and despite my best efforts no one knows what goes on behind closed doors. Alex Anthopoulos and Brian Snitker are the faces of the franchises as you might say. Ron Washington, Terry Pendleton, and other coaches are fantastic leaders. There is only so much you can teach and preach to someone. There will come a time when you have to shut up, clap your hands, and step back. I’ve taught in bible school for over 5 years, and I’ve done a little coaching in baseball, mostly with my son’s teams but the is beside the point. The student or player have hopefully absorbed some of this knowledge and learned. Random acts in baseball happen like bad bounces, balks, and errors. If the Braves want to take their play to the next level, now is the time to shine. There is a full calendar month of baseball in September. As the old clique goes, it’s time to put up or shut up. Don’t worry Braves fans we have the coaches and personal ready. The time is now in Atlanta to start winning. GO BRAVES!!!