Fans may come and go for many teams,as well as, for many sports, but one thing is for sure; Atlanta Brave's fans never die. Critics this year all have one thing in common and that is that they all believe that this year could be the last for the Brave's to get back into post-season with our veteran players.
It 's no doubt that senior players like Chipper Jones have the baseball fanactics wondering if this could be his last year. As a Brave fan, I hope not, but if it is, I can only wish him the best of luck and thank him for all of the great games he has given us. Personally, I believe he has the best batting stance in Major League Baseball. Thus, being the reason he has had such success behind the plate. Not to mention, his spectacular defense he has shown over the years. Yes, over the past few years, his injury proned body has shown that his day's may be numbered, but it takes nothing away from the stellar play he has shown Brave fan's and just Major league fans in general.
One of the saddest days I've seen in Atanta was when Javy Lopez left. I was really glad to see him come back, even if it was to retire. It just would not have been right for him to retire any place else.
John Smoltz,even given his age shows nothing to me that he is near ready to quit. It seems to me that he is just getting his second wind. Tom Glavine does show signs of wear and tear but I see no reason why he can't take us back to the days of glory.He still shows a lot of form on most of his pitches and I think he has something to prove to himself with all the doubters out there.
Last but not least, Bobby Cox has reached the time in his career that a lot of Skippers might hang up their hat, but no words have come out of the Head Office saying anything of the such. I say manage until you can't Yell anymore. He is just as much a part of Atlanta as the players mentioned above. Yes, it may be coming soon, sources out of Atlanta say, but I'll bet there will be a lot of teary eyed ball players and fans when the day comes.
At any rate, A new bunch of players are showing signs of a new era in Brave Nation baseball. Yunel Escobar looks to be promising if we keep him.Francour has a lot of promise himself. Our pitching staff is not a bad look for the season at all. Sure we have some growing as a team, but I see no reason why the Atlanta Braves can't be America's team once again.
All in all, we have a lot of experience and some real sluggers on our team and I definately think that we'll show all the doubters that as Braves fan's we can pull a few wins out just by our support in numbers at home and the loyal fans that travel with the team helps as well.
You have an opportunity to believe in one of the best teams in baseball history. Won't you join us?
Brave's fan forever--Hud--man