Thought for the night
There are a lot of teenage Major League Baseball fans right now who were not alive the last time the Atlanta Braves failed to win their division (no one won a division in the 1994 strike season). They would have had to have been born since the fall of 1990 when the Reds went wire-to-wire and topped a Braves team then playing in the National League West, so we are talking about people nearly old enough to drive now. After tonight’s games, the Braves are 11 games behind the Mets in the NL East, and it is just unfathomable at this point that a loaded Mets team has that kind of collapse in it in 2006. Was losing pitching coach Leo Mazzone to Baltimore like someone suddenly changing his or her routine? Was it just finally time for this? It’s still June, but on this June night, suddenly it hits you that there are going to be some high school upperclassmen this fall who might, for the first ime in their lives, see something they never understood was possible. In their lives it has been like a long-standing justice on the Supreme Court, or a united Germany and the absence of a Cold War between the U.S. and the old USSR, or no Apartheid in South Africa, or the Miami Heat as a basketball franchise. In 1991, Tim Berners-Lee made public his idea for something called a World Wide Web, and they have lived their entire lives with this concept and then reality right here. Communism fell that August. It must be a remarkable concept to a high school teenager about how different life was before the 1991 Major League season, when the Atlanta Braves won a division title and never stopped…and a remarkable concept that the writing is increasingly on the wall about something completely different happening in 2006. The Braves must do something very legendary to keep this part of those people’s lives "normal" for another year.
What do you think?