Braves’ opponents often celebrate here

Freddie Freeman and Braves have had reason to be angry, and another may be coming tonight. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Freddie Freeman and Braves have had reason to be angry, and another may be coming tonight. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Freddie Freeman and Braves have had reason to be angry, and another may be coming tonight. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

UPDATE: Here’s a link to tonight’s MyAJC column, addressing how much responsibility manager Fredi Gonzalez shares for this season.

The Braves have been dead in the National League East for a while. But adding an element of humiliation to the recent free fall is that Washington, which is on the verge of clinching the division title, can celebrate at Turner Field with a win tonight or Wednesday.

It wouldn’t be the first time the Braves have seen another team celebrate on its home field (either Turner or Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium). Since 1992, the Braves have lost postseason elimination games at home 10 times. This isn’t the postseason, but the sense of imminent doom for the Braves’ overall playoff chances, as well as the Nationals’ coronation, makes it pretty close.

Maybe the Braves should have some sort of fan giveaway for games like this, like official team blinders to all in attendance.

Here’s a year-by-year accounting since the Braves reached the postseason in 1991. (Home elimination count in parenthesis.)

1991: Lost deciding World Series game in Minnesota.

1992 (1): Lost deciding World Series game to Toronto 4-3 in 11 innings at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Blue Jays won series 4-2.

1993: Lost deciding NLCS game in Philadelphia.

1994: No postseason (players’ strike).

1995: Braves won deciding World Series game over Cleveland 1-0 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, winning series 4-2.

1996: Braves lost deciding World Series game to New York Yankees on the road (but they lost three straight home games after winning first two in New York, which might as well have eliminated them).

1997 (2): Braves lost deciding NLCS game to Florida at Turner Field 7-4, losing series 4-2.

1998 (3): Braves lost deciding NLCS game to San Diego at Turner Field 5-0, losing the series 4-2 — and going 0-3 at home.

1999: Braves get swept in World Series by the New York Yankees, losing last two games on road after losing first two at Turner Field.

2000 (4): Braves lost deciding NLDS game to St. Louis 7-1 at Turner Field, getting swept 3-0.

2001 (5): Braves lose deciding NLCS game to Arizona 3-2 at Turner Field, losing series 4-1 and getting swept in three straight home games.

2002 (6): Braves lose deciding NLDS game to San Francisco 3-1 at Turner Field, losing series 3-2 (and going 1-2 at home).

2003 (7): Braves lose deciding NLDS game to Chicago 5-1 at Turner Field, losing series 3-2 (and going 1-2 at home).

2004 (8): Braves lose deciding NLDS game to Houston 12-3 at Turner Field, losing series 3-2 (and going 1-2 at home).

2005: Braves lost deciding NLDS game to Houston on the road, losing series 3-1.

2006-2009: Missed playoffs.

2010 (9): Braves lose deciding NLDS game to San Francisco 3-2 at Turner Field, losing series 3-1 (and going 0-2 at home).

2011: Missed playoffs. Noteworthy: Swept in season-ending series at home by Philadelphia, giving St. Louis the National League wild card berth. The Cardinals went on to win the World Series.

2012 (10): Braves lose inaugural National League wild card elimination game to St. Louis 6-3 at Turner Field. Two words: infield fly.

2013: Braves lose deciding NLDS game to Los Angeles on the road, lose series 3-1.

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29 comments
sea8491
sea8491

Isn't it time for big changes with the Atlanta Braves?

extremus
extremus

Ah, the AJC Sports forums.  Can't you just FEEL the love?  The "Go Team!" enthusiasm?  The excitement?  The confidence?


........


Okay then.  The vitriol?  The disgust?  The disappointment?  The jadedness?  The frustration?


If the fan base is the pulse of how teams are doing, we're either about to make the blood pressure cuff explode (nothing and I mean NOTHING good EVER comes easy for Atlanta sports teams, especially on the Big Stage) or we're flatlining...not much in between.  Right now I'd have to say the fan base is having rigor mortis set in where the Braves and Hawks are concerned (I no longer follow the Hawks or the NBA anymore anyway; the culture has become too much of a turn-off), and nobody with common sense is putting money on the Falcons for the Superbowl.  Lots of things need fixin' in the ATL where professional sports teams are concerned right now.

GeorgeJetsen
GeorgeJetsen

Good riddance Braves and Turner Field. The biggest collection of postseason chokers baseball has ever seen.

Wilbo
Wilbo

I was there in the Ted October 14, 1998. That was when I really started to get sick of the Braves traditional October meltdowns. Also, when I realized what an absolute dog of a jerk Tom Glavine is when he refused to take any responsibility for a terrible and heartless pitching performance. When he said "I'm not going to lose any sleep over this" that's when I began to hate the Braves...

Savdon
Savdon

"It was the best of times.  It was the worst of times."

Has it really been that long?  1992.

 I was there to witness the "cruelest hit in baseball history" (Sport Illustrated) by the "hired assassin" (Furman Bisher's description of Francisco Cabrerra).  And I was there for "Whatever we do, we can't let Dave Winfield beat us." (Me to my friend before the game.  Winfield knocked in the winner.)


The agony and the ecstasy. Except in reverse.

DavidinVirginia
DavidinVirginia

Anyone know what is up with La Stella? Did he manage to tick Fredi the Genius off somehow? Like by taking his job seriously or by not striking out enough or something equally moronic?

satchel
satchel

@Mr. Negative @DavidinVirginia that's the straw that broke it for me.  how many absolutely lost at-bats have i watched from uggla and bj?  fredi's insistence on playing them over and over again finally killed this team.  so what does he do?  blames a rookie, who has done a nice job at 2b for us.  that's just low.  and didnt fredi himself contribute to la stella's slide by initiating a platoon while la stella was still hitting well?  fredi needs to go.  he's a third base coach in over his head. 

DavidinVirginia
DavidinVirginia

@satchel @Mr. Negative @DavidinVirginia I'd like to say that I'm surprised, but I'm not. Honestly, I am to the point where I hope they do trade both Gattis and La Stella over the offseason. Then I will have zero reason to waste time watching the Braves; may the franchise choke on that new stadium/mall.

Mr. Negative
Mr. Negative

@DavidinVirginia Fredo said they "Figured him out". What great coaching, to say something like that in the papers about a rookie.

maxman2660
maxman2660

won't be long before these guys have plenty of time(and money) to relax

Pocaroba
Pocaroba

Boy, that's a rough read. Not so sad they are moving after reading that. 

RangeRover
RangeRover

Yes, old Bobby Cox's last game record in the postseason was an astonishing 1-14.  You HAVE to be a poor big game manager to go 1-14 at anything!

Now his offspring is following suit at 0-2!

RangeRover
RangeRover

Oops!  Forgot about 1982...make that 1-15.

Just think about how bad one must be in big game management to go 1-15 in the last, must win, do or die game to lose 15 of 16 times.  Incredible!

DavidinVirginia
DavidinVirginia

@RangeRover Joe Torre was the manager in 1982, but otherwise agreed on the postseason managing of Cox. He never did quite seem to get it that the postseason requires more urgency or something. Or else he is just the most unlucky manager in the history of postseason baseball...take your pick. He was a great GM though. He did a lot of the work in the late '80s that Schuerholz got credit for after walking in and inheriting it.

UWGTrainer
UWGTrainer

I hope they figure it out before next year because this year is over!!! I will always continue to root for our sports teams Braves, Bulldogs, Falcons, Hawks, and UWG Wolves as long as they continue to fight. However, I do not feel as though the hitters give a CRAP!! So I am through with the Braves for this year. Not calling for anyones job just please a good long look from people that run the team at the internal workings from top to bottom. Because if you look at it our minor leagues suck also, There are a few pitchers but no really great anything on the horizon. GO BRAVES!!!! 

Mr. Negative
Mr. Negative

@UWGTrainer The minors suck because the cheapskates at Liberty decimated the best scouting and farm system in baseball that Ted had constructed. This actually started when TW originally took over. I am totally convinced that Met-loving TW had a plan to dismantle their scouting system and then dump them which they did for a tax scheme (which Brave-hater Selig was more than happy to allow) to Liberty which continued the cheapening of the scouting system. 

RangeRover
RangeRover

@Mr. Negative

It's obvious you've never owned a business, run a business or lead anything, right?  Typical follower or liberal mentality.

If so, you would realize just how stupid your suggestion is.  TW has all the incentives in the world for any of their companies--including the Braves--to do well.

Stop being stupid!  Stop always blaming the FW and FG incompetence on "The Owners!"

Mr. Negative
Mr. Negative

@RangeRover I run a construction company, you moron. Real work, baby... not like what you probably do. If I wanna complain about the sports teams owners, I damn sure don't worry about what some pantywaist like you thinks 

PGH
PGH

Miserable.

Ersatz
Ersatz

They can celebrate in cobb soon, and on the cobb taxpayers' dime, no less. How hospitable!

Mr. Negative
Mr. Negative

That bum Wren should be tied to a chair in the middle of the stadium and forced to watch both of these celebrations

ElvisFreshly
ElvisFreshly

All Bobby and Fredi teams which only proves why we need a new manager with no #6 connections. Please do not hire TP as next manager! There are other people out of the Braves circle of losers.

GSUMensBBFan
GSUMensBBFan

@ElvisFreshly Agreed.  I've been saying this since 2010.  The Braves (Frank Wren) really screwed themselves by not venturing out of the Bobby Cox coaching tree to hire a manager.


Let's see.  Larussa beat Cox.  Now, Matheny beats Gonzalez.  Torre beat Cox.  Now, Mattingly beats Gonzalez.  So, nothing's changed.

Mr. Negative
Mr. Negative

Hopefully Braves fans will have their own celebration the following week.

Birdhair
Birdhair

@Mr. Negative yes. will definitely have a drink or 2 to celebrate the firing of the white haired clown aka wren.

Mr. Negative
Mr. Negative

First (like it matters) Look for two more celebrations at Turner in the next week.