Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Nostalgia

"I woke last night to the sound of thunder, how far off I sat and wondered. Started humming a song from 1962, ain't it funny how the night moves. When you just don't seem to have as much to lose, strange how the night moves- with autumn closing in. "  ~Bob Seger





Forgive me for waxing nostalgic. The news for Braves fans the past few days hasn't been good. Mike Minor appears to be starting the season on the DL, Brandon Beachy continues to have soreness (not to mention a big drop in velocity) in his elbow and now Kris Medlen's possibly out for the season with ligament issues in the arm that previously underwent Tommy John surgery. All this after having let Tim Hudson walk as a free-agent. It's a good thing that we signed 'he who just make pitch' (Freddy Garcia) this offseason.




All these pitching problems have me yearning for, or, shall I say, appreciating what the team had for the better part of a decade. With Glavine, Maddux and Smoltz, the team had a trio of aces who were dependable- giving the team 34 starts each season (at least until Smoltz developed his own health issues). 

And so I'm going to drown my sorrows- not with a pint, but with this six-pack of pale Braves.

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Glav's return gave Braves fans plenty of reasons to rejoice and celebrate (well, for some of us). It lasted all of about two weeks. I would have preferred to see him sign a one-day contract just to retire as a Brave.




Glory Days!!! Back when the CY Young award called the ATL home.



Never a fan of the Fleer designs; never a fan of the company rebranding their base set as Platinum. But, it's Smoltzie on a design that some consider a 'classic.'



Donruss celebrated Glavine's 2000th K on the back of this card. The strikeout came against the Mets on June 26, 2002; his first season in New York was 2003. I'm thankful that the card manufacturer didn't do something stupid like picture him in a Mets uniform on this Diamond King card.

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