February 8, 2012 |
The headlines and constant chatter commanded everyone to pay attention to the Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals this winter. The teams were connected with every big-ticket item and ultimately landed such talent as Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Heath Bell, Gio Gonzalez, and Edwin Jackson. In Atlanta, the Braves did not add a single player to the 40-man roster from outside the organization. The only major-league free agent they signed was light-hitting infielder Jack Wilson, who was acquired at last year's waiver trade deadline.
October 13, 2001 |
There were teams lined up along the foul lines at the beginning and fireworks at the end, but it wasn't much like a playoff game at all. Turner Field was pockmarked with huge, unsightly patches of empty seats. The heroes were not superstars but a 29-year-old journeyman catcher and a 40-something Mexican League refugee. And there are played-out immune systems everywhere that can muster more resistance than the Houston Astros displayed. But the calendar said it was October, and the program said it was a National League division series, so the Braves quickly said goodbye to the befuddled Astros.
October 1, 2013 |
ATLANTA - Zach Miner, who before last month hadn't appeared in the big leagues since 2009, made his third straight start. Erik Kratz, who was a 32-year-old rookie last year, ended the franchise's longest home-run drought in 24 years. John Mayberry Jr. came off the bench and reached on an error, a fitting likely end to his era with the team. Michael Martinez, having one of the worst seasons in baseball history, came in during a double switch to replace All-Star outfielder Domonic Brown, who failed to hit a home run in the season's final 6 1/2 weeks.
January 15, 2013 |
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - A slip of the tongue gave away Atlanta coach Mike Smith's focus. Smith was just starting his review Monday of the Falcons' 30-28 win over the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC divisional playoffs when it became clear his thoughts were on this week's NFC championship game against the San Francisco 49ers. "We knew the San Francisco Forty ... excuse me, the Seattle Seahawks, were a very good football team and they showed a lot of resiliency," Smith said before smiling after catching his verbal miscue.
August 24, 2012
POLITICIANS running for president often borrow the tunes of famous musicians to spark the crowd's energy at campaign events. But how many bands get their names included in the title of a Super PAC, the political-action committees now allowed to raise unlimited funds? Meet Hall and Oates Fans for America, a new Super PAC registered by Atlanta waiter William Hansmann with the Federal Election Commission on Monday. Hansmann tells us that the Super PAC started as a joke among a handful of friends.
August 2, 1995 |
It all could have disintegrated right here. The Phillies, teetering on extinction's edge, might easily have come apart for good in the home of the Braves, land of the three-run homer. But something - perhaps Mariano Duncan's bad-boy collision at home plate, perhaps a recollection of their sweet May sweep here, most likely their manager's stern pregame words - infused the Phillies last night with a passion they had been missing. And on a night when Gregg Jefferies never even tossed a helmet, this reeling team salvaged some pride.
October 19, 1996 |
The champagne bottles were too thick for Mark Lemke's fat little hands. And even when he gripped them by their necks, he was too short to hoist them over taller heads and shower his teammates. So in the bubbling tumult that followed the Braves' fourth National League championship series victory of the '90s, Lemke improvised. The 5-foot-9 Atlanta second baseman, an impish grin on his stubbled face, simply held the champagne beneath their chins, the ascending spray finding its way into the noses and mouths of several surprised Braves.
October 23, 1999 |
For just a moment, Tom Glavine sounded a wistful note. "I know that my career isn't going to last forever," the Braves lefthander said. "I know this team's not going to stay together forever. You have to start wondering how many chances you're going to get at this and you want to start taking advantage of some of the ones you have left. " This, understand, is about as close as any of the Braves have come to acknowledging something more is at stake than just winning a World Series against the Yankees beginning tonight (Channel 10 8:05)
April 9, 1999 |
The Atlanta Braves wanted this to be a special night for one of their former players. It ended up being a special night for two of their former players. On the 25th anniversary of Hank Aaron's historic 715th home run, Braves castoff Paul Byrd came back and spiked the party punch. Waived by Atlanta in August, Byrd returned with the Phillies last night and pitched brilliantly as they won, 6-3, at sold-out Turner Field to salvage a confidence-building split in a season-opening four-game series.
October 8, 1993 |
This had some volatile possibilities. All these Braves fans with their war paint and tomahawks and incessant chants and woofing noises (for Fred "Crime Dog" McGriff, of course) were up in the 700 level last night, right there with a bunch of guys with backward Phillies caps and tattoos and cut-off T- shirts and a steady beer supply. This little cross-section of America got together and watched Crime Dog hit the upper deck and the rest of the Braves chase Tommy Greene in the third inning.