Well, after last night, the Rockies’ magic number is at 1 and anything short of a complete fold by Colorado and winning out by the Braves (which is entirely possible against the Nats) marks the end of the postseason run for 2009.
Last night’s loss hurts….a lot. Yes, being the doubter that I am at times, I had pretty much written off the game and the season heading into the 8th, down by 5. Two runs in the 8th and two runs in the ninth and I found myself in that hopeful spot that, by now, I should know better than to do with the Braves. Two outs, down by 1, bases loaded………I’m sure everyone knows the rest of the story by now. So I’m just not going to make myself angry with it again. I’ll leave it to braves.com to tell that story if you haven’t already heard it.
So let me just put this out there that, out of anyone on the team, I’m probably the most okay with the fact that this happened to MattyD. Diaz consistently goes out on the field and puts everything he has into the game. He never complains about playing in platoon situations; he just does his job and does it well. Yes, he made a mistake. He pretty much made the most decisively costly mistake at the most important time in the season, but, you know what, he has a lot more desire to win than most of the guys on the roster.
I’m not going to deny it. When the game ended last night, I launched into a profanity-laden tirade around my house (maybe it’s a good thing I didn’t make it out to the game for once) that I’m just waiting to hear from at least one of my neighbors today about how they don’t think they should have their children living in the same neighborhood as me. But it’s okay, Matty, I still appreciate your value to the team. Rue and I sat down and discussed this over lunch today. Had Kelly Johnson been the one ending our hopes for the playoffs last night, there’s a good chance that I would have made it to the stadium before he left for a little face-to-face discussion.
There’s still a slight chance, Braves fans, but either way, let’s try to enjoy our last series of the season. Get out to the Ted and cheer on the Braves and get ready for a season of sending Bobby Cox off in style next year. We’ll be here in the offseason helping recap the season and getting ready for 2010.
Tags: Can the Braves Make the Playoffs, Matt Diaz, playoffs, Postseason
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